Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
In this week of the New Moon in her own sign of Cancer, we are visited by an old friend who, over the years, has frequently appeared on important lunar dates. Welcome this week, to the Seven of Pentacles.
The Pentacles of the Tarot inform us of the physical world and material matters in our lives: our health, our resources, our homes, and our work. And seven is a number of magic, spirituality, and initiation into a deeper level of Mystery.
As most people may be aware, seven is considered a “lucky” number, but why?
Traditionally, it is a number of magic, spirituality, and initiation into a deeper realm of Mystery.
There are seven main chakras, the human body is said to renew itself on a cellular level every seven years, each phase of the Moon is seven days long, there are seven colors in the spectrum, and seven notes in the musical scale.
When working with the Major Arcana of the Tarot, we 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.
And for most of its history, astronomy consisted of seven planets, not the nine (if you, like I, still include Pluto in that number) that our more powerful telescopes have revealed in the last century.
Thus, as Philip and Stephanie Carr-Gomm discuss in their companion guide to the DruidCraft Tarot, “Contemplating the existence of these [Tarot] sevens, we realize we are touching upon an essential structure of both the macrocosm and the microcosm…”
And of course the Pentacles are the practical matters in our lives that have to do with money, health, home, and work.
The Fullness of Time
What a splendid time of year for this card to appear, for it depicts the young man pausing and preparing for his harvest. The vine is laden with fruit, the Pentacles of abundance. He has done everything he can to cultivate this garden.
Now, he gazes with tender appreciation at what he has worked for. He seems to be considering whether or not his results are ready for reaping.
With the Summer Solstice (in the Northern Hemisphere) now well past, we are at the very climax of the ripening season. The days of gathering in lie ahead, starting with the celebration of Lughnasadh Aug. 1, only three weeks from now.
Ripening is a process that happens in the fullness of time. We humans love our illusion that we can control and manage time. But no matter how precisely we may try to schedule and measure it, we are all, in the end, subject to the laws and rhythms of our Mother Earth and Her cosmic neighbors.
There is only so much that we can control with our labor and diligence. And then the rest is up to Nature.
So, too, this young man has done his part, and now he has no choice but to surrender to the Earth’s own wisdom. The pace of Nature is a gift, not an obstacle.
Knowing this, he cooperates with the good fortune of the Sevens.
Inviting Good Fortune
Now, in this week’s New Moon, what seed of your vision and desire will you plant? With Cancer’s powerful nurturing blessings, what tending and care can you bestow that will reap rich rewards? With a grateful heart, you, too, invite the helping hand of Fortune.
In what ways might you now allow Nature’s timing to support you? How is time your ally, not your enemy?
As you prepare to gather in the rewards of your labors, are you being invited to pause a moment? Gaze at what you are creating and take stock. If you need to fine-tune at this last moment, you still can, but the end is in sight.
Perhaps this is the time for you to consider what you have learned or what you might change next time.
Wednesday’s New Moon invites the planting of seeds — ideas, plans, desires — that will be ready for reaping on the Full, magical Blue Moon of July 31 – the very day prior to the Lughnasadh celebration of harvest and thanksgiving.
But before you rush off to your next thing, take this time to pause, reflect, and give thanks for the fruitfulness given to you.
What was once only potential in Spring’s promise is now in the final stages of its completion.
May your garden be lush and blessed.