Earth’s crammed with Heaven.
— Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Our conversations about abundance and security continue this week with yet another Pentacles card. Happily, based on the feedback you have given me, this is one of the most popular cards in the Pentacles suit. Indeed, for many folks, it is a perennial favorite from the whole deck.
The nines of the Tarot are the cards of completion, with the tens being an overflowing of the energy of the suit. All of the nines speak to us in aloneness, seen most obviously in the Major Arcana nine, the Hermit. The Minors’ nines are a pause, as we fully absorb the energies of that suit. And because the Pentacles are the energies of the material world, we are seeing personal fulfillment in terms of wealth, health, the land, and abundance of all kinds.
What’s not to love?
Here we see a strong, self-reliant woman of comfortable means. She stands tall under a sunny yellow sky, her garden lush with grapes. The flowers on her dress are reminiscent of the sign for Venus, making clear her ties to The Empress.
This is a woman who surrounds herself with life, fruitfulness and beauty. She is the sovereign of her garden and graceful in her independence. She is in harmony with both the slow movement of the snail at her feet, as well as the potentially explosive wild bird of prey on her wrist. She is at peace, and finds balance in her relationship to the world around her.
In this scene, we are shown what sustainable abundance may look and feel like. We are reminded that true wealth is connected intimately with the beauty and fruitfulness of Nature. We cannot overlook the health and welfare of the natural world and still call ourselves prosperous. By acting locally, tending our own gardens, we affect the bigger picture of global health and wealth.
Consider what you really need, not only to survive, but to thrive. How can you create a beautiful, truly happy home? What treasures already surround you? What is good and wholesome in your world? How do you feed and nurture yourself, body and soul?
In this lush season of Summer’s ripening and first fruits, now is the time to tend to the things that matter most in your physical, material world. And, just as important, to appreciate all that is given. For by taking stock of our present circumstances with deepest gratitude, we will discover the sacred riches in our own private world.