Take a rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop.
As Winter continues to pummel much of America and Canada, this week’s visitor in the garden may seem ironic. Nevertheless, let us welcome our friend the Seven of Pentacles, for he has wisdom to share for us all.
As you are probably aware, seven is considered a lucky number for many reasons, both magical and mundane – and this card may remind us that there is no difference between the two, for those who have eyes to see.
Traditionally, seven is a number of magic, spirituality, and initiation into a deeper level 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 visible spectrum, and seven notes in our musical scale.
The suit of Pentacles is ruled by the Element of Earth. These cards speak to us of pragmatism in the material world: money, health, our jobs, and our homes — all those matters to do with supporting, protecting, and nurturing us, as embodied beings.
So here we see a young man as he pauses and gazes with tender appreciation at what he has worked for. He seems to be considering whether or not his results are ready for reaping. Or perhaps he is wondering if this was what he intended in the first place.
For our friends who live below the Equator, their first harvest sabbat of Lughnasadh has just passed and they are headed towards the arrival of Autumn next month. May this card portend abundant harvests that will soon be ready for gathering.
For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, the growing time of year is still off in the distance, but we have just celebrated Imbolc — the sabbat associated with new beginnings and sacred initiation.
We are now in a time for dedicating ourselves to a new cause, or committing to a program of new spiritual studies and apprenticeship. This Pentacles card asks us to stop and consider what solid, tangible results we might like to see as we make our spiritual journey this year.
What Are We Growing?
This is also the time of year when those of us who love to dig in the Earth start receiving tantalizing seed and plant catalogs. Although the soil may still be frozen and Winter has not yet departed, we can sit by the fire and fantasize about all the lush beauty coming in Spring and Summer.
And now that the holiday season is a distant memory, we are deep into that long stretch of the year that grinds on with very few intermissions until the Spring holidays.
The Seven of Pentacles would suggest that we take this time, while Winter still encloses us, to reflect on what we already have, and what we really want the coming year’s accomplishments to look like.
By working steadily over time, the young man in the card is seeing the shape of his labor being fulfilled. He has “played by the rules” of Nature, and now evaluates the ripening results, looking forward to the wealth, security, and abundance that this suit promises. Or is he already musing on his next big project?
Like him, we may dream of prosperity, health, and success. But how do we ensure that our efforts are bearing the results that we desire? And are we willing to toil steadily for the outcomes we seek?
Is what we have planted — that is, staked our finances and welfare on – sustainable? Is its harvest what we had originally planned?
In gardening and farming, fruit set is the process in which flowers become fruit and is when potential fruit size is determined. It is a common problem that plants may bear plentiful flowers, but the changeover to viable food fails.
The most common reason for this is the lack of pollination. The deadly decline of pollinating bees, insects like butterflies, and even many garden-friendly birds threatens over 1/3 of the world’s food supply.
Besides the literal interpretation that our young farmer is looking for honey bees and other helpers, this may be encouragement for you to consider what natural allies are essential to the success of your own projects and well-being.
Whatever your goals are, what extra aid might help you ensure that your efforts will yield the results you want?
Projects are coming to a conclusion, which, as you may recall, was also the message in our card last week. What can you still add, or weed out, in order to improve your income, your home, or your physical health?
Be willing to do whatever hard work and follow-through may be required. Take your time, for it is also likely that a contemplative pace will serve best. Align yourself in harmony with the natural flow of growth and change.
For those who have chosen their intentions and laid their groundwork wisely, the steady movement of Nature’s rhythms will be an ally, not an enemy. Cultivate and nurture what you are creating, knowing that sometimes, your most productive work is to stop. Evaluate. Renew.
As you consider your goals in the months ahead, this final week of the Sun in Aquarius might encourage you to think globally, in a more humanitarian way. What can you begin during this sacred time, that could benefit your tribe, your community, and your home on Gaia?
What was once only potential is now in the final stages. And at the same time, a powerful new start is at hand.
But before you rush off to your Next Thing, take this dormant time to linger a moment and reflect. Replenish your reserves. And be sure to give thanks for the abundance already given to you.
Plan your new garden of material support with passion and patience. May it become a flourishing temple of blessings.