The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.
~ Leo Tolstoy
Making another Full Moon appearance (having just visited us during the Hunter’s Moon of October), we also welcome yet another seven this week — this time, the Seven of Pentacles.
Seven is a number of magic, spirituality and initiation into a deeper level of Mystery. And of course, Pentacles offer insight into the material concerns in our lives: work, money, health, and home.
So here we see a young man as he pauses and gazes at the ripening disks on the vine. He seems thoughtful, evaluating what he has already worked to achieve, considering what may come next.
As we all know, what he reaps will depend upon what he has sown. Like him, if we are not clear from the start as to what our goals are, how can we possibly know if we are successful?
Yet desire alone is not enough. The figure in last week’s Seven of Swords is willing to act, but he is impatient. He takes what does not belong to him, forcing the outcome he wants, even if it requires stealth and deception.
Earthy Pentacles, however, show a different path forward. By working steadily over time, the young man is seeing the beginnings of a promise fulfilled. He works within the laws of Nature, and now evaluates the ripening results, looking forward to the wealth, security and abundance that this suit promises.
Like him, we may dream of prosperity and success. But how do we ensure that our labors are bearing the fruit that we desire? And are we willing to toil as steadily for the riches we seek?
This week, the New Year still shimmers before us, full of new promise and potential. What plans are you making? This time of the Sun in Capricorn is ideal for setting our intentions to create success in the year ahead.
In addition, we are currently in a rather rare period when none of the major celestial influences are in retrograde. Until Mars turns retrograde on the New Moon of the 23rd, we are being treated to a steady flow of forward progress.
The Seven of Pentacles underlines this cosmic support, as it invites us to pause and look at the big picture as we prepare for the unfolding of 2012. In this time of dreaming what the future may hold, time and patience are our allies for success.
This week, you might reflect on the successes and setbacks you have seen in health regimens, career matters, and living an abundant, sustainable life. Past performance is often a good predictor of results going forward. Do you like what you have seen?
What might you alter, based on the intentions you have had in the past? What would you keep? Are the results from 2011 what you had hoped? How can you change things in the year ahead, so that your results are more to your liking?
As you take this moment to pause and evaluate, be also willing to commit to whatever hard work and follow-through may be required. Give yourself ample time. Allow the natural flow of growth and change to progress in harmony with you.
If you are not happy with the results you have seen so far, this is the time to make some changes. Use your skills of creative visualization. See as clearly as possible the nurturing harvest you would wish for by year’s end.
For those who choose their intentions and lay their groundwork wisely, the steady movement of Nature’s rhythm is an ally, not an enemy. Cultivate and feed what you are creating, knowing that sometimes, the most important work is to simply trust the fullness of time.