No, it isn’t déjà vu! We did indeed have a visit just the week before last from the Six of Pentacles. So it appears that the focus once again is on resources; specifically, how we receive and share them. For a more traditional interpretation, I invite you to read what I wrote August 9.
This week, I offer instead some musings from a series I wrote several years ago about the magic and meaning of money. Perhaps in this context, there are new insights to be considered from the Six of Pentacles.
From Sept., 2007:
At one time, precious metals like gold and silver were not symbols, but were understood as literal manifestations of the Divine – gold for the Sun, silver for the Moon. As such, they were treated with extreme reverence, and were given only to the Gods and Goddesses in artistic shapes such as goblets, cauldrons, and jewelry. Often, these offerings were dropped into holy streams and wells, hence the wishing well of modern times.
Money as a sacred link between Heaven and Earth lasted well into Roman times. But gradually, with the use of coins and notes to represent the stored grain and other trade goods, the connection between money and the Divine weakened. Yet for many centuries, money continued to be considered a bridge between the favor of the Gods and earthly life. Coins were imprinted on one side with a Deity, and on the other side with a secular symbol, such as a portrait of the Emperor.
In fact, there is a very good probability that when Jesus of Nazareth made his comment about, “Render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s, and unto God what is God’s,” he would have been holding a coin that literally illustrated this point. At that time, doing so was not difficult at all, for the Divine and the human realms of abundance were joined. Everyone understood that they were simply two sides of the same coin.
Things began to change, however. We know that when Julius Caesar conquered the Celtic tribes of Gaul in the first century BCE, there was a Gold Route of the Celts. It linked the gold fields of Eire (Ireland) and Britannia into Jutland (Denmark) and Gaul. This gold was carried in a sacred pilgrimage from temple to temple, so that its Sun blessings would be given to each location.
But the Romans saw it simply as loot, and when they finally conquered Britannia, they stole the gold and burned down the temples. By the time of Nero’s bloodthirsty reign in the late first century C.E., money had become as mundane and non-spiritual as it has been in modern times.
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So, this week, we might consider whether we have the ability to restore the spirituality of money. How can we use it in more sacred ways? I believe we can and we must, if we are to ever move away from a “consumer” mentality, and restore the balance in our material, physical world.
One way to begin is to see that every penny you spend is an affirmation of your own blessedness and the paying forward of those blessings. What can you give to those in need? What do you need to ask for, thus imparting to others the gift of experiencing generosity?
Most especially, what will you do this week, to share and make holy the money that flows through the world?