Whatever you think the world is withholding from you, you are withholding from the world.
~ Eckhart Tolle
This week a card appears that, in all these years, has only visited twice before. The Ace of Pentacles represents all the potential and power of the Earth, for the Pentacle is a magical tool that is ruled by the element of Earth and North.
The Disc or Pentacle may represent a sacred shield, a coin, or even a scrying mirror of destiny. But its power is to manifest in physical reality that which your imagination (Air), desire (Fire), or heart (Water) may long for.
As with all Aces of the Tarot, this card holds the full potential of its suit. Each Ace shows the hand of the Divine emerging from a cloud and offering a gift. This Ace is being given from within a garden, that numinous place where the will of Nature and humanity work in harmony, the place from which some of the major religions, sadly, believe we have been exiled and banished.
Who, we might ask, really banished us? Might it be possible that this rejection was never true and that we have been welcome at the banquet of Divine abundance all along?
This week, the United States is (yet again!) struggling with its budget, which needs to be brought into some semblance of balance. But similarly to events during the Clinton administration, recalcitrant conservatives are threatening a shut-down of the government if their desires to slash environmental and public service programs are not met.
In this volatile period of Pluto in Capricorn, which continues until 2023, we are being challenged to refine and review our basic institutions. As we do, the fundamental meaning of wealth is undergoing a complete transformation. In America (and obviously, in the many countries experiencing revolutionary political uprisings), there is already a deep division between the governments’ agendas and the needs of the people.
Yet the Ace of Pentacles heralds new possibilities for our prosperity, abundance, health, security and groundedness.
It has unfailingly been the case in my life that when I am fearful about my money, charitable giving and sharing what I do have immediately bring me back into emotional balance. In addition, such acts always seem to prime the pump in some way, with a powerful effect of opening up access to new abundance for me.
Thus, whose hand comes from the cloud with the offering of support? Is it not both my own, and that of the Divine?
For the many, many people who are struggling in this time of upheaval, there is tremendous hope in this card. Rather than a stingy, fear-focused response to economic troubles, the better, more long-term solution is almost certainly to adopt a policy of loving support and generosity.
This week, there is potential for a new start, one that has, in its very structure, the elements for a successful outcome. Could there be a promotion, new job, or inheritance coming for you? Are you considering buying a new home, or upgrading your current dwelling?
Additionally, be on the lookout for a new opportunity or gift that brings you a sense of physical pleasure. This is a time to re-discover the wonders of your physical body. Perhaps you might begin a new workout regimen or learn to prepare new kinds of nurturing foods. You might also like to explore new sensual delights.
In what ways might you introduce a new level of comfort, beauty and solidity to your life? How can you use this opportunity to improve your sense of abundance and security? Is it time to begin a new, happier relationship with money? What do you need, to flourish and thrive?
This Ace is a bit conservative, and it does not give you a green light for wild risk-taking, overspending, or flights of fantasy. But if your activities are grounded, practical and steady, very good things are likely.
Build a strong foundation and plant the seeds of what nurtures you, for you can expect a fruitful harvest in the days to come. Ground yourself in work that you love, in the body that brings you pleasure, and align yourself with the beautiful blossoming Earth Herself.
By doing so, you can discover that Paradise was never lost, it is being offered to you right here and now.