If money is your hope for independence you will never have it. The only real security that [anyone] will have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience, and ability.
~ Henry Ford
In this week that kicks off with the New Moon in security-loving, nurturing Cancer, as well as Jupiter, the Sun, and Mercury – all in the watery cardinal sign that is ruled by the Moon, we have a very grounding, pragmatic influence. Welcome to the Page of Pentacles.
The Pages in the Tarot are often messengers, or catalysts for change. They may indicate important dealings with a literal child (male or female), our own inner child, or simply a new, “beginner’s mind” perspective. They also can indicate taking risks.
But with earthy Pentacles being such a slow and steady force, risk-taking in this suit is more about new directions and manifesting, than recklessness or impulsiveness.
In the Rider-Waite-Smith deck, we see in the background a grove of trees, a newly plowed field, and the Page standing in a meadow of flowers. In the distance the lofty peaks beckon. It’s a lovely image that resonates with this potent time of High Summer (here in the Northern Hemisphere).
For now, the Page is focused only on his Pentacle coin, which is almost floating in his hands. Is the coin simply the same color as the sky background, or is it instead transparent?
It would seem that this Page is in transition, in a period of possibilities. The field awaits the seed of this New Moon. What fruit do we desire for our harvest?
As astrologer Annie Heese writes:
“The New Moon in Cancer is a good time to commit to personal goals that express the positive energies of the sign of the Crab.
“These include honoring our deepest, most irrational and intimate, feelings; recognizing the sense of security and safety we derive from whatever it is we call home; allowing ourselves to accept support and offering support to others; and starting a project aimed at improving our domestic lives.
“With this potent Cancer energy, we have the chance to make important changes in our lives that will benefit us well beyond this Moon cycle.”
What beneficial changes might the Page of Pentacles suggest? How can he help us create a stronger foundation for our home and our sense of safety? What support does he urge us to seek, or to offer others?
This is a superb occasion for improving and expanding our physical well-being, perhaps with a new health regimen, or by finding new ways to celebrate our relationship to the natural world.
Markets are now filled with Summer’s bounty. Our bodies and our spirits know that it is wisdom to skip the factory food and choose the luscious fruits, vegetables, and other produce that come directly from our local organic and eco-friendly farms.
The Page’s appearance this week may also indicate some important news regarding land, investments, or job matters. Perhaps he heralds a new business idea, or time for a new direction of studies.
Like the Page, we are learning to recognize the true nature of security, the power of sharing, and that wealth is only treasure when it affirms the sacredness of all life.
With our knowledge, our experience, and our best abilities, may we become wiser stewards of the great abundance that is already in our hands.