We are stardust,
(Billion year old carbon)
We are golden,
(Caught in the devil’s bargain)
And we’ve got to get ourselves
Back to the garden.
Joni Mitchell, Woodstock
This week we celebrate the Full Aquarius Moon for those of you who subscribe to tropical astrology. (In sidereal astrology Thursday’s Full Moon is in the final degrees of Capricorn).
We have just completed the observance of the First Harvest festivals (Lughnasadh) in the Northern Hemisphere, and Imbolc’s early Springtime promise in the Southern Hemisphere.
The Equinox will soon be here, and Nature’s abundance, from planting to harvest, is a shared theme for all.
So who should come calling, but our generous friend, the Ace of Pentacles?
The Ace of Pentacles represents the essence of the Earth, since the Pentacle is a magical tool that is ruled by the element of Earth and the gate of the North. The Disc or Pentacle may represent a sacred shield, a coin, or even a scrying mirror of destiny. This suit is concerned with matters to do with physical health, our homes, and all forms of our material security, including work, money, and career.
As with all Aces of the Tarot, this card holds the full potential of its suit. Each Ace in the Waite-Smith deck (and its countless derivatives) shows the hand of the Divine emerging from a cloud and offering a gift.
The Ace of Pentacles‘ great power is to manifest into physical reality that which your imagination (Air), desire (Fire), or heart (Water) long for. This echoes the Tarot’s master of manifestation, The Magician, whose card also prominently features the red rose and white lily motif.
Got To Get Back to the Garden
Besides the astrological implications, I find it very interesting that this Ace has returned during the week of the 50th anniversary of Woodstock (held Aug. 15-18, 1969).
Sadly, the big celebration that was in the works fell apart and was cancelled only a few weeks ago (a smaller event is still planned, but not at all what original organizer Michael Lang had hoped).
It was sure to have been a heady (pun intended) blend of music both old and new, nostalgia, and the ubiquitous corporate agendas of the 21st century.
However, in case no one has noticed, it’s really not the peace, love, good vibes ’60s anymore. More’s the pity.
Still, though, our Ace seems to reassure that the dreams and longings that once (supposedly) defined a generation still matter. As one of those old, unrepentant hippies still knocking around, I honestly believe that those hopes – that the world can be a place of beauty, peace, and love, and that She ever extends the hand of generosity – are far more universal than the pipe dreams of baby-boomers and wannabes.
They reflect some of the oldest and truest callings of the human heart. I refuse to believe they are in vain. How about you?
This week, the Tarot seems to affirm this, as this Ace is being offered from within a garden, that numinous place where the will of Nature and humanity work in harmony. It is also the place from which the world’s monotheistic religions insist we have been exiled.
But — is that story really the will of the Divine, and we are doomed to its eternal punishment?
What if that mythic rejection was never true and that we have been blindly sitting at the table of Grace all along?
Is it time to bust the myth of banishment, struggle, and exclusion?
The Tarot nudges us towards this exact realization, for behold – the gateway is open, and crowned with flowers.
This week, you might reflect upon what you consider wealth to be. Is it really the numbers in the stock market? Is there really any “trickle-down” from closed-door dealings by unknown money handlers who risk our lives, our homes, and our safety with their obscure territorial games?
Shall we settle for food that is drenched with secret, deadly chemicals or artificially created in a laboratory? Cheap, disposable goods made by children in wretched conditions? Is life made richer by accumulating more and more gadgets and mindless entertainments that detach us from our own humanity? All while we look away from little children torn from the arms of their families and kept in cages?
Perhaps true prosperity is much simpler than the consumerist economy would have us believe. Yet it is increasingly elusive: having plentiful, healthy food on your table, honest and sustaining work, clean water pouring from your faucet, and peace in your neighborhood.
The Ace of Pentacles recommends these as benchmarks of our personal prosperity, abundance, health, security, and happiness.
Honoring Body and Soul
Now that the misfires of the Mercury retrograde shadow period are over, and bountiful Jupiter has turned direct, this could be an auspicious time for planning new projects and making strategic purchases for beautification or investment.
This week’s Full Moon opposes lush and lovely Venus, as well as Mars, who are both in Leo, so Thursday might not be the ideal day for spending or home improvements. But otherwise, if you are shopping for a new home, or thinking of a renovation project, this week’s card could portend a good beginning.
This Ace also suggests it’s time to re-discover and honor the needs of your physical body. Perhaps you might get a massage, begin a new workout regimen, or learn to prepare new kinds of nurturing foods.
My friend and news junkie Elisabeth Grace recently pointed out that the current astrology agrees. She writes that diabetes is in the spotlight, thanks to “Jupiter at a virtual standstill [even now that it has stationed direct – B.] and Venus trining Jupiter…”
This would therefore be an inspired moment to take a clear, hard look at what New York Times–bestselling author, Dr. Robert H. Lustig, calls the “corporate scheme to sell pleasure, driving the international epidemic of addiction, depression, and chronic disease.” In his blockbuster, The Hacking of the American Mind: The Science Behind the Corporate Takeover of Our Bodies and Brains, this Professor Emeritus of Pediatric Endocrinology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) pulls back the curtain on the machinery that keeps us hungry, sick, and unhappy.
Perhaps the Ace offers a helping hand to recover and heal our birthright of healthy, happy physical appetites. Not only does it suggest a new job or promotion on the horizon, it is also an invitation to explore the sensual pleasures of our animal nature in ways that bring deep satisfaction.
This week, there is a potential for a new start, one that has, in its very structure, the elements for a successful outcome. In what ways might you create a new level of comfort, beauty, and security in your life?
Build strong foundations, and embrace the sweet sacredness of the physical, manifest world.
Ground yourself in work that you like, in the body that brings you joy, and align yourself with the beautiful gifts of Earth Herself.
This week, the hand of providence taps your shoulder to remind you that Paradise is not lost. It is here, now, as it always has been.
This is our opportunity to reclaim our true inheritance, creating lives and systems that honor and nurture one another.