All human wisdom is summed up in two words – wait and hope.
~ Alexandre Dumas Père
Only one month after its last visit, and following last week’s other, more challenging Seven, we welcome back the Seven of Pentacles.
Is it only coincidence that its last appearance was, as will be the case this week, during the Full Moon? And I can’t help but also notice that it appears in the week of 7/7, in the year of 14.
As most people may be aware, seven is considered a “lucky” number, but why?
Seven is a number of magic, spirituality, and initiation into a deeper level of Mystery.
When working with the Major Arcana of the Tarot, we Tarotists like to divide the 22 cards into three groups of seven, with The Fool standing alone. Each group represents a different level of understanding and depth.
There are seven main chakras; the human body is said to renew itself on a cellular level every seven years; each quarter phase of the Moon is seven days long; there are seven colors in the visible spectrum; and seven notes in our musical scale.
And for most of its history, astronomy consisted of seven planets, not the nine that our more powerful telescopes have revealed in the last century. No wonder it is considered a number of harmony and good luck.
And of course, with the Pentacles being focused upon the Earthy matters in our lives, this fortune comes in ways that are quite tangible to us. If we have been as diligent as the young man in this card, good, practical results can be expected in the areas of work, money, home, and health.
The Coming Harvest
In magickal traditions throughout the Northern Hemisphere, now that Summer Solstice has passed, we look forward to the three Sabbats of the harvest, starting with Lughnasadh (also known as Lammas) on Aug. 1.
Already, here in North Carolina, our farmer’s markets are overflowing with Nature’s most juicy bounty: melons, peaches, blueberries, tomatoes, beans, zucchini, cucumbers, and more. At Lughnasadh, we’ll celebrate the harvest cycle, when the first, life-sustaining grains and corn begin to ripen.
But it’s not here quite yet. Thus, the Seven of Pentacles seems a perfect companion for this moment.
Here we see the young man pausing and preparing for his harvest. The vine is laden with fruit, the Pentacles of abundance.
He gazes with tender appreciation at what he has worked for. He seems to be considering whether or not his results are ready for gathering.
As we all know, what he reaps will depend upon what he has sown.
Like him, we may dream of prosperity and success. But how do we ensure that our labors are bearing the fruit that we want? And are we willing to toil as steadily for the results we seek?
There is only so much that we can control with our vision, labor, and diligence. And then the rest is up to Divine Timing.
So, too, this young man has done his part, and now he has no choice but to surrender to the Earth’s own wisdom.
In doing so, he invites the good fortune of the Sevens.
Welcoming Our Fortune
Now, with this week’s Full Moon, what seed of your desire is coming to fruition? For those who have chosen their intentions and laid their groundwork wisely, these natural rhythms are friends, not problems.
It is with an already grateful heart that you invite the helping hand of Fortune.
And if we are not happy with the end now in sight, there may still be time for fine-tuning and minor adjustments. But the fundamental nature of the outcome is already set. Whatever we have started is nearing its completion, for better or worse.
In either case, we are invited to pause, reflect, and give thanks. Now is the time to take stock upon the divine co-creation we are a part of, and the results at hand.
Although Summer’s heat may seem unrelenting, the daylight has already grown shorter since Summer Solstice, and darker, leaner times surely lie ahead.
Let us step back, then, and observe with gratitude what we have grown in our garden. We are reminded that when our labors and intentions are in harmony with the cycles of Nature and the great wisdom of the seasons, good fortune and a bountiful harvest can be ours.
And sometimes, our most important work is to simply wait, hope, and trust in the blessed fullness of time.