The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.
President John F. Kennedy
As we begin this week that features a deadly hurricane bearing down on the heavily populated American East Coast, uncertainty stalking the global economy, the governing majority in Britain appearing to be in chaos, and… Well, rather depressingly, I could go on, of course.
Suffice it to say that we could certainly benefit from a stabilizing influence. Thus, let us welcome the Knight of Pentacles.
As you probably know, the Court cards of the Tarot are the “people” cards. They usually represent an actual person — perhaps a facet of ourselves, or someone that is interacting with us. Less often, they may simply be abstract personality traits we are directed to notice.
The Knights of the Tarot are the champions, the energetic and often forceful movers and shakers of the Court. However, the Pentacles are ruled by the element of Earth. So here we have a Knight that is a sturdy, well-grounded person, and who is rarely in a hurry.
Instead he (or she) is methodical, calm, and even a bit conservative. “Slow and steady wins the race,” would be his motto.
Unlike the other Knights, who are all in motion, this one sits quietly on his horse, looking out across the furrowed fields. In his hand, he holds the Pentacle that is his wealth and investment for the future.
His helmet and his horse are adorned with greenery, reinforcing his connection to the Earth, perhaps even the ancient God of the Land, the Green Man.
Thus, he is an ally for the wise stewardship of Earth’s bounty and resources.
Because he will never start something he isn’t determined to finish, he can be cautious and take a long while to make up his mind.
But once committed, he is rock-solid. He refuses to acknowledge obstacles, instead taking a dogged approach in the pursuit of his goals.
A hard-worker, he has tremendous stamina and dedication. Every job is always completed down to the last detail. He never multitasks or leaves anything dangling unfinished. He’s careful and prudent, never wasteful.
Work comes first for him and he can be inflexible about little details. He doesn’t much like change or risk and might sometimes tend towards pessimism (in the name of being “realistic”).
To a fiery Wands type, or brainy Swords people, the Knight of Pentacles might seem a bit stodgy and dull. True, he’s not known for his speed, charm, charisma or intellect, and he is seldom the life of the party.
But he is practical, direct, and down-to-earth. He’s the level-headed one you want nearby in any kind of emergency. And when he gets around to giving his heart, it is for keeps.
Consider Well Your Treasure
This Knight has much to teach us about power, control, and being effective in the material world. He offers his strength and thoughtful discipline, and invites us to celebrate the simple goodness of hearth and home.
I love his timing, as he arrives at the beginning of the 2019 celebrations known as Ganesh Chaturthi. This beloved elephant-headed Hindu God is the bringer of abundance and remover of obstacles. The Knight of Pentacles is in a lovely agreement with Lord Ganesh as the hero warrior who, as mentioned, overcomes obstructions, defeats evil, and brings prosperity to the people.
In addition, here in the Northern Hemisphere, the season of planting and flowering has transitioned to fruitfulness, and first harvests are underway. As the Wheel turns and Equinox approaches, he may be suggesting that we look closely at what the growing season has yielded. Is what we are reaping in alignment with what our intentions have been?
Similarly to how he holds his coin thoughtfully before him, consider what riches you hold in your hands. Will they sustain you in the dark of the year to come? What do you most value, and how do you need to protect and nurture it?
A true steward of the land, the Knight of Pentacles would urge us to make our top priority the well-being of our living planet. He does not represent good intentions or lofty rhetoric. He is a hands-on pragmatist whose skills bring sustainable, long-term flourishing.
As I discussed last week, there is a lot of Earthy Virgo energy currently affecting us. This week, the Sun, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Juno, and as of Tuesday, the asteroid Sappho are all placed in the sign of this nurturing, self-sufficient Goddess of the harvest.
With Virgo’s healthful, conscientious influence mingling with the quiet assertiveness of the Knight of Pentacles, what new physical program might help your body to feel better? What nourishing dietary changes could do you a world of good? He urges us to cultivate regimens that build our strength, health, and contentment.
And no instant weight loss fads, thank you. His is the way of wholesome, steady progress — change that unfolds naturally and, therefore, is usually the most successful.
Is there a situation at work you are currently facing that demands a cautious, even conservative response? Pause if you need to, and don’t get pushed. Consider your options before you act, and insist on integrity and candor from others.
Being careful with your money, investments, and valuables would be wise at this time. Perhaps the Knight represents a trusted adviser you could turn to on these matters.
There may be a project around the house or garden that you are ready to start. He certainly gives his blessing to this, particularly if it pays off in “sweat equity.”
Have you been working too hard? Or could it be possible that you are being a little too stubborn on some matter, especially something to do with resources, home, or health?
This Knight may tend to believe his way is always right, because he takes his time and does his homework before making a move. So, he reasons, how could he be wrong? And yet, change is what life is all about.
His challenge is to know when to be swift, flexible, and more lighthearted when needed. But his gift is to demonstrate how be more prudent, persistent, and to slow down and focus. True success comes from bucking the trend of superficiality, and instead learning to do “deep work.”
He urges us to tend our resources, protect our assets, and use what we have with gratitude and care. Like the Knight of Pentacles, we would be prudent to assess what we have on hand, and prepare for changes. Now is the season to make hay (or repair the roof), while the Sun still shines.
May the Knight of Pentacles offer you his blessings of abundance, patience, and persistence for the days ahead.