Take the initiative. Go to work, and above all co-operate and don’t hold back on one another or try to gain at the expense of another. Any success in such lopsidedness will be increasingly short-lived. These are the synergetic rules that evolution is employing and trying to make clear to us. They are not man-made laws. They are the infinitely accommodative laws of the intellectual integrity governing Universe.
~ Buckminster Fuller
In this last week of Winter in the Northern Hemisphere (and from Summer to Autumn for our friends in the Southern realms), we welcome our old friend, the Three of Pentacles.
This is a time of profound change, fresh new beginnings, possibilities and unfolding potential. But we must be willing to cooperate and accommodate.
The Threes of the Tarot are consequential cards. They are the fruition or outcome of what was begun in the Twos. And Pentacles are the cards that deal with physical and practical matters, such as career, wealth, health, and home.
So this three, more than any of the others in the Minor suits, invokes that most fruitful Three, The Major Arcana Empress: creativity manifested.
Here we have an artisan pausing as his work is evaluated by both the businessman (holding the blueprint, and wearing the colorful cloak) and the clergyman, who is probably the priest or abbot of the building under construction.
With Mercury retrograde having kicked off in the wee hours this Monday morning, this is a helpful reminder that even in the throes of our creative output, we do need to occasionally come up for air. Even more so, it is important to suspend work sometimes, and ask for the collaboration and assistance of trusted advisors who possess skills different from our own.
Even the most brilliant innovators need at least a second and (even better!) third pair of eyes to give perspective and feedback before the work is ready to proceed.
If only those involved in the increasingly divisive and bitter U.S. political scene would learn from this card!
Once upon a time, our founding leaders envisioned a government of checks and balances, with three federal branches in a dynamic tension of support and opposition, as well as a multi-party political system — all very like the arches in this card.
Will that vision still hold for a strong future, or will the partisan warring and attempts to dominate all others continue to escalate? This refusal to work together in good faith has resulted in governmental paralysis and threatens to ultimately bring about the downfall of the whole.
Most of us have been taught that it is a natural fact that survival and success depend on win/lose, competition and domination. The story goes that all species must fight one each other and within their own kind, in order to survive and to evolve.
In a world of finite resources, we are told, conquest is natural and necessary. This presumption is what our business, political, and economic models are built upon.
But this view is antiquated and false. Such combative, dualistic assumptions about how the world works are no longer helpful, nor are they considered scientifically valid.
(Although isn’t it interesting that even the politicians who deny the theory of evolution still cling to and behave as if “survival of the fittest” is a strategy for their success?)
What we now know is that there is tremendous diversity and abundance. Most importantly, science recognizes that, rather than opposition and rivalry, Mother Nature more often rewards those species that collaborate, coexist and cooperate.
It turns out this is not a world of intrinsic scarcity where we must be pitted against one another. Instead of a world of you OR me, our survival and success depend on a world that is about you AND me. If we join forces with each other, there is plentifulness for everyone.
This week, what projects are you working on? With Mercury now in retrograde (as well as Mars and Saturn!), forward progress and momentum are going to be hard to come by. But this can be viewed as a gift, and not a hindrance.
How might you use this time to pause and reevaluate? If this is an opportunity for receiving help, whose views might you seek? In what ways can collaboration and cooperation enrich you? Whose talents could compliment and augment yours? What gifts might you give, for the greater good of others?
The Three of Pentacles shows us the importance of mutual aid towards a common goal. Works that stand the test of time always take many hands, and hearts that are both generous and receptive.
Whose opinions and skills complement your work, your creations, your visions? Who, among your friends and colleagues, might you offer your skills and support to?
When we don’t hold back or try to gain the advantage over one another, we create synergy and a more sustainable, enduring result than we could individually create or even imagine!
As you work and share with partners and friends who are as committed to integrity and excellence as you are, may your infinitely accommodative work be blessed.