Money never made a man happy yet, nor will it. There is nothing in its nature to produce happiness. The more a man has, the more he wants. Instead of filling a vacuum, it makes one.
~ Benjamin Franklin
This week, as we bask under the Full Aries Moon, accompanied by a full lunar eclipse, we are visited by the King of Pentacles.
Crowned in flowers, he sits in a walled garden overflowing with blossoms and vines. His ornately carved throne features bulls’ heads – a nod to his connection to Earthy Taurus. We see a glimpse of his armor, suggesting his military prowess, as his left foot rests on another carving of a bull’s head.
But he is primarily garbed in a robe that features clusters of ripe grapes, symbol of the sweetness and intoxication of Life. The vines on his gown are entangled with the actual vines in the landscape, grounding him in their lush, earthy energies.
As he gazes thoughtfully at his Pentacle, he seems calm and relaxed, at least compared to the other Kings who range from the somewhat melancholy King of Cups to the rather stern Kings of Wands and Swords.
The King of Pentacles, being a court card, is often an actual person. He (or she) has great mastery regarding matters to do with money, work, health, home, and other concerns about our material, physical sustenance.
This is someone who may have profound abundance at their fingertips. They may be an important business person, or a leader in finances.
Often, King of Pentacles people are drawn to real-world interests like collecting treasures, farming and gardening, wine-making, animal care, cooking, real estate, architecture, or environmental issues.
Wealth comes easily and naturally to them, although they may or may not necessarily accumulate lots of it. Instead, they recognize it is an energetic flow that grows when it’s kept moving.
Rarely big risk-takers, they are judicious with how they share what they have, and they build abundance sustainably, with a slow and steady hand, and a true sense of stewardship.
When the Moon is full, it is in the sign opposite where the Sun is. So this week’s Full Moon is in Aries, since the Sun is in Libra. As Annie Heese and Adam Banks at Cafe Astrology write, “The Full Moon is a time of culmination and the promise of fulfillment of that which was started at the New Moon. It is an emotional time–a time of romance, fertilization, and relationships.
“Lunar Eclipses are more potent Full Moons, and are about relationships and polarities. With the Aries-Libra axis involved, this Lunar Eclipse presses us to look more closely at our needs, lacks, and wants in our lives concerning the balance between Aries-ruled and Libra-ruled areas of life.”
As anyone who has been paying even the remotest attention knows, the global financial markets are experiencing wild “whipsaws,” as famed financial astrologer Raymond Merriman describes them.
With several challenging cosmic interplays this week, including some difficult squares and the Mercury retrograde, he warns, “Sanity and rationalism may be in short supply. These are signatures conducive for collective hysteria. These are also signatures indicative of earthquakes, violent storms, acts of terrorism, computer hacking, malfunctions, and cyber madness.”
And one of the biggest influences of our time, in addition to the current gearing up for yet another exact square between Uranus and Pluto, is the longer-term, fundamental Pluto in Capricorn meltdown of all our most powerful structures and institutions — religious, political, economic, and the stability of the natural world itself. How do we navigate such profound upheaval?
Follow the Lead of the King of Pentacles
This is not the week for risk-taking, chasing every shiny object you desire, or uninformed, careless choices.
The King of Pentacles is conservative and judicious with his wealth. While he definitely loves to savor the very best of what the material world offers, he is also a champion for the environment, and a devoted steward of Earth’s gifts.
Who in your life is playing an important part regarding the use and distribution of your resources? Whose wise advice do you seek, when it comes to spending, or investing?
When was the last time you sat down and took an honest look at your budget, and made plans for the long term? How do you protect and enhance all that you value, including your health, your home, your job, and your money?
The King of Pentacles suggests that with all the potential ahead for enormous, revolutionary change, especially in the structures that control wealth, government, and the environment, it is time for each of us to step up and take the initiative. We are in charge of our own little kingdoms, and when we collaborate with the wisdom of the Earth Herself, we can thrive.
The time has come to redefine what wealth really is, what value we put to the things that are life-sustaining and give us true pleasure. Instead of trying to fill up the vacuum that has been created by our commercial hypnosis of needing more and more, let us understand how greed and acquisition make things worse, both for our Mother Earth, and our own souls.
Let us instead be about the task of building new, healthy, holistic ways of creating and sharing our treasures. May your week with this King be magical and blessed.