The one characteristic more essential than any other is foresight.
In a very unusual development, the Tarot this week has graced us with last week’s card now grown into adulthood. In other words, the youthful Page is now succeeded by the mature Knight of Pentacles.
An interesting harbinger, since Monday was astronomical Beltane, and Thursday’s Full, “Flower” Supermoon is also the hugely important holiday of Vesak. In a further magical “coincidence,” at Beltane just last year, we had the King of Pentacles as our guide. Clearly, the emphasis of this time is on our relationship to home, wealth, health, and the Earth Herself.
As you probably know, the Court cards of the Tarot are the “people” cards. They usually represent an actual person — either 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 action heroes, 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. Unlike the other Knights of the Tarot who are all in motion, this one sits quietly on his horse, looking out across the fields that await planting. “Slow and steady wins the race,” would be his motto.
Like the Page, he holds a yellow or possibly transparent Pentacle in his hand. But the Knight’s grip is more certain, as he recognizes that this is his wealth and investment for the future.
Despite his stillness, make no mistake; he is definitely engaged and poised to act.
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 — perfect for this magical celebration time of the burgeoning, greening of the Earth (in the lands above the equator).
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 technicality. He never multitasks or leaves anything dangling, unfinished. He’s careful and prudent, never wasteful.
Work comes first for him and he can be stubborn about little details. He doesn’t much like change or risk and might sometimes tend towards pessimism (in the name of being “realistic”). And certainly, his challenge is to learn to be swift, flexible, and more lighthearted when needed.
To a fiery Wands type, tender-hearted Cups folks, or brainy Swords people, the Knight of Pentacles might seem a bit stodgy, unromantic, 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 who gets things DONE. He’s the one who can cook a five-course meal out of pantry staples, who knows where all the best bargains are (possibly even toilet paper), who knows how to raise backyard chickens, invest in eco-friendly stocks, change the oil in a car, and fix a leaky faucet. He is definitely who you want nearby in any kind of emergency.
And when he gets around to giving his heart, it is for keeps.
The Life and Death Wisdom of Waiting
As pressure and even violence (instigated by very questionable agitators) escalates to force the U.S. government to restart “business as usual,” this Knight is the spirit of savvy pragmatism and progress, leavened with a cautious wait-and-see attitude. He’s business smart, and knows exactly how to create wealth and how to protect what he values (including health and finances). And thus, he knows that it is usually folly to rush. Especially now.
Most astrologers I know would fiercely agree.
In a brilliant new essay, my wise friend Diotima Mantineia notes:
Collectively, I doubt our attempts at reopening are going to go all that well. As I’ve noted elsewhere, I don’t think we are going to get this pandemic situation fully under control for a while.
Nonetheless, I have hopes that the seismic shifts and changes our society is undergoing will eventually lead to more effective and inclusive government, business, and social structures in the years to come. But it’s going to be a fight — and there will be many fights…
…The financial restructuring we are currently undergoing is unprecedented. The big question is whether or not the obscenity of a few individuals hoarding vast amounts of wealth while so many are suffering will continue, or whether the majority will take matters into their own hands and demand an equitable distribution of resources. I’ll take a closer look at this issue a bit later in the year.
Meanwhile, I suggest a careful conservatism in your personal finances.
Exactly what the Knight of Pentacles would advise.
And the stunningly insightful Elisabeth Grace offers these essential observations:
As astrologers like to say, ‘As above, so below.’ Saturn, Venus and Jupiter turn retrograde this month — on the 10th, 12th and 14th, respectively.
Word to the wise: slow down. Focus. Because that is what these three planets are doing — soon to join Pluto for a period of REview. This can be extremely productive.
If you live in a state that is rushing to open up for business, caution is advised.
These initiatives are being launched under the dreamy spell suggested by Venus square Neptune, exact on May 3rd, May 20th and July 27th. Venus-Neptune patterns are wonderfully inspiring for artists and spiritual types, so please dream on!
However, they also reflect a need for ideals. An ideal is a fantastic thing to frame and hang on your wall, or use to inspire others to create a better world. Idealism is problematic when it refuses to face inconvenient facts…
She adds this fascinating, important article, repeating her vitally important advice:
… In [the follow-up to his Prepare for the Ultimate Gaslighting by Julio Vincent Gambuto], The Gaslighting Has Begun. Resist — he lays out a case for doing exactly what these retrogrades suggest: resisting the urge to return to autopilot hamster wheel.
I stumbled across it after writing that idealism can be used to inspire others to create a better world. I wonder how much Gambuto knows about astrology.
I’m impressed that he suggests using this next month to REview and REconsider who, what and how you love — and how you spend your money.
That is just so Venus retrograde.
And so very Knight of Pentacles!
The Future Ain’t What It Used to Be
Looks like Yogi Berra was sort of right — the future sure ain’t what we thought it was going to be.
Foresight is always rooted in how well we take time for quiet reflection and studious hindsight. If you’d had perfect prescience regarding the pandemic and how it would impact your employment, security, future plans, living arrangements, and health concerns, what would you have done differently?
What lessons are you learning now, when it comes to managing your material resources? What has been working well for you? What hasn’t? This week, why not invite the Knight of Pentacles’ perspective to enlighten you?
Knights are agents of change, and first and foremost, it is time to change our relationship to our Grandmother Gaia. We are traveling through the Unraveling period in The Great Turning, as Joanna Macy would describe it.
(And yes, Ms. Macy would be my number one pick as a Knight of Pentacles.)
This Knight’s visit offers a no-nonsense message of hope: Although there is no going back to pre-pandemic life, we can go forward. This is a pause in which we can rearrange things to accommodate our new, very challenging reality.
Under the Knight’s beneficial tutelage, it is not too late to create a winning strategy for the future, even if, as the astrology suggests, you have to do some backtracking. Pragmatism is the priority, but you can still act.
Who do you know that might be a street-smart, loyal adviser? Perhaps this is someone who can help you sort out your finances, shift your business online, grow a garden, or begin a quest for better health. Know what is most dear to you, and then nurture and protect it. Respect and love the fertile places that beckon.
Saddle up, and prepare with focused attention for the days ahead. We could not ask for a more level-headed, reliable partner in this time.
May he guide us all well.