Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not every man’s greed.
~ Mahatma Gandhi
Here’s a card that hasn’t come calling since before the economic meltdown of Autumn of 2008, when Pluto moved into the sign of Capricorn.
After the expansiveness of the Threes, the Tarot Fours are about stability, grounding, and consolidation. Since the crisis of 2008, the markets have rollercoastered, but in the past two years especially, the trend has been upwards and there are many promising signs of economic stabilization and recovery.
If you are interested in financial astrology, you almost certainly pay attention to Ray Merriman, who is expecting this Full Moon week to be one of the most upbeat periods in some time.
So while things are relatively calm, guided by the money- and practical reality-focused energy of Pentacles, this could be a good week to think about re-structuring our finances, strengthening our assets and making fiscally sound decisions.
Now would be the time to prepare for rainy days ahead. Pluto doesn’t leave Capricorn until 2023, by which time many of our most stable institutions, including the very definition of wealth, are expected to have radically transformed.
Of course, it is always wise to set aside some savings and be cautious about where we invest.
But take another look at this card. Notice how the man is positioned, and how he holds his coins.
If you work with the Chakras, you might notice that his crown (with a literal crown) is covered by a Pentacle, as is his heart — both places of enormous importance for our connection to the Divine. In addition, his connection to the Earth is only by way of the coin.
This is another one of Pamela Colman Smith’s stage cards, for the king’s throne appears to be on a theater stage. All is gray, above and below. We even might wonder if the town is a real one, or merely a backdrop in the play.
At this time of year, we are reminded that Nature is not stingy with Her gifts. A riot of abundance is Spirit’s great gift and lesson for us. She blesses us, not with just one kind of flower, but millions; not one or two or a hundred species of birds, but some 40,000.
Why, then, do humans seem to believe that there is never enough? What do we really believe about wealth?
Instead of a literal coin, imagine that the king is holding the other gifts of Mother Earth that are increasingly stretched thin and creating conflict: oil, clean water, food.
What does this card say to us about supply and demand; about wealth and who shares it? Who is really in control of our cities, like the one in this card’s background?
This week, notice who holds the purse strings in our families, our community, our nation. What do you do with the assets you have created? Do you spend in accordance with your heart’s values, or is your heart blocked by the rationale of “fiscal conservatism.”
Is your money used for sharing, nurturing, and affirming that which is Good in life? Or are the strings held tightly, with fear, the belief in lack, and hoarding?
How gray and dreary the world would be if the man in the Four of Pentacles was running things. Sadly, there are so many like him who long to do just that. And they do not mind turning our world to gray, as long as they can make their money.
Ruled neither by stinginess nor squandering, how might we better honor the wealth we are so graciously given? When we become wise stewards of sufficiency, we may discover we are kings.