Once upon a time, when I was much younger, and believed that my life would not be complete unless I merged it with a soul mate, I always dreaded getting this card. You see, in the one and only Tarot book I had at that time, this was how the Nine of Pentacles was interpreted: “This card often appears for a woman who is either widowed or single and who has sufficient of the world’s goods to enjoy life — but she is alone.”
“But — she is alone.” Words that froze my youthful heart. The implication was that she would not be able to enjoy her worldly goods because she was not partnered. Such attitudes were the norm at that time.
Thank the Goddess, we’ve all come a long way since then. At least I hope so, particularly the lessons we teach young people about their value and roles in our culture. Still, I am amazed at how many men and women seek my services because they believe they have failed if they are not coupled. And an astonishing number will jump into, or keep, abusive and unhappy partnerships, rather than face loneliness or find a job.
Yet, look at this lovely card. There are no horrors here. The sky is sunny yellow, her garden is lush with abundance. She is not unhappy; she does not even look lonely.
This is a strong, self-reliant woman of wealth and authenticity. She has made her own fortune and she is surrounded by the beauty that she has chosen and created. She is graceful in her independence, and finds happiness in herself. She is not dependent or waiting around for anyone else to provide her with the finer pleasures of life.
She holds a hooded falcon – the wild spirit who obeys the will of its mistress. Surrounded by cultivation and refinement, she may be a gentlewoman, but she can certainly tap into her fierce, predatory instincts when needed. Yet for now, restraint and peace dominate the scene.
This week, be willing to stand alone if you must. You do not need the approval of others, and can make mature choices about what truly supports you. Take time to enjoy the finer things that abundance offers you. Develop your appreciation of fine art, literature, foods and the beauty of your home.
Savor the fruits of your labor, for they are sweeter and suit you perfectly when you have chosen and nurtured them yourself.