Appearing during the last Full Moon (that powerful lunar eclipse on New Year’s eve), now, on this week’s first Full Moon of the year and decade, we come back again to the same card – the Three of Pentacles.
Connected closely to the greatest Three of the Tarot, the Empress (which happens to be the rare treasure of this year’s energy), there seems to be a powerful message here. This three, more than any of the others in the Minor suits, is about creativity made manifest.
With Pentacles being the suit that deals with physical and practical matters, such as career 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. This is how divine Creation can work through human hands.
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.”
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 the ability to successfully achieve this, without compromising any of one’s 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 may bring monetary rewards.
One need not be a professional artist for this card to apply. We are all the creative weavers of the tapestry that is our life. Thus, there need be no dichotomy between our daily work, our creative expression and our spiritual path. The true artist brings her or his innovative vision to whatever “mundane” work needs to be done.
This week, upon this powerful Full Moon, moving close to the Sabbat of Imbolc/Brighid, when we make our vows and set our course for the coming year’s spiritual path, we are given yet another opportunity to set our intentions. The Three of Pentacles invites us to find ways to manifest into the real world our creative dreams.
Claim and act upon your talent, for with patience and perseverance, impressive outcomes are possible. Especially be open to blending your expertise with others of like mind, but possibly very different skills, in order to bring something truly wonderful into being.