Following last week’s visit from the Six and with unsubtle timing during this early part of the harvest season (in the Northern Hemisphere), the Seven of Pentacles appears.
As most people may be aware, seven is considered a “lucky” number, but why? Traditionally, it is a number of magic, spirituality and initiation into a deeper level of Mystery. Until the 20th century, astronomy and astrology were based on seven planets. There are seven main chakras, the human body is said to renew itself on a cellular level every seven years, each phase of the Moon is about seven days long, there are seven colors in the visible spectrum, and seven notes in our musical scale.
With the Pentacles being focused upon the Earthy matters in our lives, this harmonious fortune comes in ways that are tangible to us. If we have been as diligent as the young man in this card, good results can be expected in the areas of work, money, home and health. His vine is laden and he has done everything he possibly can to tend his garden. Now, the rest is up to the Mystery we call “Time.”
So often in our hurry-up, artificial world, Time is our enemy. We want immediate results. We dig up in doubt what we planted in faith, forgetting that there is a need for maturing and ripening that does not always obey the schedule we have set.
Yet if we are interested in living a more wholesome, Gaia-friendly life, isn’t it wiser to consider that Time is our friend, a magical ally with whom we can collaborate? It is given in equal daily measure to one and all. And it is the only resource not renewable in this lifetime, so it sets important boundaries and helps us prioritize. It heals our sorrows, it grants perspective and wisdom. It shapes the story of memory.
As this card reminds us, ripening is a process that only happens in the fullness of Time. There is only so much that we can control with our labor, desire, and will. Then the rest is up to Nature.
Now, as we move into the harvest season, the Seven of Pentacles seems an auspicious invitation to pause and pay attention. If you were to cease your busy-ness for a bit, and evaluate the progress of your hard work, like the young man in the card is doing, what would you see?
In what ways might you recalibrate your priorities so that Time is not a foe, but your friend? How can Time’s passage wisely guide you this week? Where are you being asked to exercise patience?
Look closely at what you are doing, where you are putting your energy, and take stock. If you need to fine-tune before the final harvest, you still can. But the days are getting shorter and the end of the growing season is in sight.
Whatever you have been working towards, it is almost ready. Wait and hope, for this invites good fortune to co-create with you. Allow the fullness of Time, your friend and ally, to do its job. This is the mysterious blessing that ensures that your fruit will be nurturing, plentiful and sweet.