We welcome the Three of Pentacles for the first time since Autumn, 2005. The Threes of the Tarot are transitional cards that move us from our sheer self-reliance and individuality to how creative interaction with others bears fruit. And this three, more than any of the others in the Minor suits, invokes that most fruitful Major Arcana Three, The Empress: creativity made manifest.
With Pentacles being the suit that deals with practical matters, work, and finances, this card shows the artisan pausing as his work is evaluated by both the businessman (holding the building plans, and wearing the colorful cloak) and the clergyman, who is probably the priest or abbot of the building under construction.
This is how skill, knowledge and spiritual awareness combine to produce superb work, and results of the highest order.
The Three of Pentacles has an important message for those who may be blessed with great talent. At some point, even the most gifted artist must do the actual work, and produce in ways that can be appreciated by the “real world.”
And no one produces even the loftiest sort of art, without collaboration. The famous author inevitably has editors, publishers, friends and teachers to thank. Great dancers rely on the skills of the musicians. Even the solo musician or painter relies on numerous helping hands backstage and in galleries.
This card, happily, points to you successfully achieving this, without compromising any of your original vision. In fact, true mastery means that technical skill, creative passion, and spiritual growth all combine here in successful ways. And yes, in ways that bring monetary rewards.
And make no mistake. One need not be a professional artist for this card to apply. We are all the creative weavers of the tapestry that is our lives. There need be no dichotomy between our daily work, our creative expression and our spiritual path. The true artist brings her or his vision to whatever “mundane” work needs to be done.
This week, invite collaboration with others who share your desire to succeed. You need not worry about making unfavorable compromises. This card indicates that co-creating with others brings additional strength to the work, and a team approach will produce work of lasting beauty and value. Your combined talents will produce something far more valuable than your own solo work could have.