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Tarot Card of the Week: June 1-7

Nine of Pentacles
To be happy at home is the ultimate result of all ambition.
— Samuel Johnson

This is a really fascinating coincidence (at least, for me!). Last week, I was invited by my dear friend (and Fairy Godmother), Bonnie Cohen, to give a brief presentation at her monthly soulful salon that she calls The Gathering. We were focusing on the fourth house of astrology, which corresponds to the theme of family and home, particularly in terms of security, comfort and sanctuary. I was to discuss how these themes might be represented in the Tarot.

As it turned out, our discussion time was so full and juicy, we didn’t need my presentation after all. But it seems that the card I had picked refuses to be forgotten. It jumped right into my hand this morning.

Interestingly, there are no cards in the R-W-S deck that portray indoor home scenes, like happy times by the hearth or domestic daily life. The Four of Wands shows the harvest home celebration, or perhaps a wedding. It is quite deliberately staged outdoors and away from the castle in the background. The emphasis seems to be on a special event, rather than ordinary times at home.

So my vote for best representative of the peaceful securities of being at home goes to the Nine of Pentacles. (For a different interpretation, please visit here). Before us is a mature woman of means, surrounded by a lush garden overflowing with fruit, her right hand resting easily on a double triangle of pentacles and holding upon her left wrist a hooded falcon. As I have written of her before, in many traditional interpretations, she is often thought of as a widow, or a woman of lonely solitude.

While she does look thoughtful, she does not seem at all unhappy or lonely to me. The sky is sunny yellow. With flowers on her dress that are reminiscent of the Empress’s Venus symbol, there is nothing barren about her. This is a strong woman surrounded by beauty and fruitfulness. Before her, a tiny snail crawls by, a reminder, perhaps, that all life matters, down to the smallest and most humble; or perhaps how time slows down when we are at peace in the natural world.

The hooded falcon is the wild spirit who obeys the will of its mistress. Surrounded by cultivation and refinement, she is a gentlewoman, but she can certainly tap into her fierce instincts if needed.

Of course, we have no proof that she is without a partner. There could be a lover indoors, or even children that are awaiting her. But why is this not shown? Perhaps it would serve us to consider that this card, the closest thing to domestic happiness in the Tarot, hints that happiness at home does not require human companionship.

This week, I invite you to consider what home means to you. What do you need, in order to truly feel at home? Is your “home” on hold while you await the relationship of your fantasies? What is growing in the private gardens of your dreams and desires? What wild, untamed part of your nature awaits your command?

With the gift of this beautiful, powerful card, I suggest that you cultivate your own sense of being deeply, happily at home in your world — exactly where you are.

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  • June 1, 2009, 11:33 am interactivetarotblog

    What a wonderful reading of this card.. AND a wonderful reminder for this week! Your post will surely usher me along as I work to make my home more of a sanctuary for myself and others!
    Thank you!
    Cathy Hughes

  • June 2, 2009, 6:43 am Star

    For the first time in my life, my home is a true and nurturing sanctuary for which I am grateful. I have a safe, special room in which to work and a supportive artistic town in which to live. It has taken only 50 years…
    I must leave this sanctuary for a few days, however, to help my daughter deal with a health emergency. I have so much to write about last weeks reading deprivation, but that may have to wait. I seek that “snail” time, when things flow slow and easy. It is certainly not now! Time is racing by so fast, I can hardly catch my breath. My ideas are flowing bountifully, but my ability to manifest them is limited just now by critical family needs. If you are so inclined, please send prayers and magic for my daughter, Julianne, in Blacksburg, VA for clarity and healing as she makes the choice of a lifetime.

    Seeking beauty, BALANCE, meaningfulness and delight.


  • June 2, 2009, 9:07 am Beth Owl's Daughter

    Thanks for your post, Cathy! I am delighted to see you and may your home be richly blessed for you!

    And dearest Star! I send deepest prayers and good energy for your daughter and for you making what sounds like a challenging journey. Rest easy in the arms of the Goddess, know you are surrounded by love, and return soon, safely and happily to your magical sanctuary of creativity.

    – Beth