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Tarot Card of the New Moon Week, August 17-23, 2020: Ace of Pentacles

The proper purpose of an economy is to secure just, sustainable, and joyful livelihoods for all.
David Korten

This week, as we gain our footing following the retrograde turn of Uranus last Saturday and sail into Leo’s New Moon, followed by the arrival of the Virgo Sun’s blessing this coming Saturday, we are guided by the wisdom of the Ace of Pentacles.

This Ace represents the power of the Earth, for the Pentacle is a magical tool that is ruled by the element of Earth and North. The Disc or Pentacle may represent a sacred shield, a coin, or even a scrying mirror of destiny. But its power is to manifest in physical reality that which your imagination (Air), desire (Fire), or heart (Water) may long for.

As with all Aces of the Tarot, this card holds the full potential of every card in its suit. Each Ace shows the hand of the Divine emerging from a cloud, holding a gift. The Ace of Pentacles is offered from within a garden, that numinous place where the will of Nature and humanity work in harmony; the place from which some of the major religions, sadly, believe we have been exiled and banished.

Interestingly, this is the only Ace that does not portray the Yods, the golden symbols of the Divine spark of creativity and genesis. This is because, as Tarot legend Rachel Pollack (Happy Birthday today – Aug. 17!!)  notes, “The Earth in its completeness and solid reality, bears its own magic.”

The New Moon of Leo 2020

For the many, many people who are out of work in this difficult economy, or who are struggling with health and/or finances, there is tremendous hope in this card. The Ace of Pentacles heralds possibilities for our prosperity, abundance, wellness, security, and groundedness.

And in beautiful synchronicity, this week, we celebrate the seeding potential of a New Moon, with both the Sun and Moon in the sign of Leo (in tropical astrology).

As my brilliant friend Elisabeth Grace notes:

A New Moon in Leo offers the opportunity to plant seeds of intention that reflect our heart’s desire — and don’t be shy about it. Plant those seeds wherever 26 degrees of Leo falls in your horoscope.

If you don’t know where that is, consult your local astrologer.
[Seriously – Elisabeth is the real deal – get in touch with her! – B. ]

In P45’s horoscope, it falls exactly on his Mars, so he’ll be planting seeds of assertion/aggression for the next few weeks.

The Sabian Symbol for this degree is straightforward and hopeful. It is “daybreak,” as Blain Bovee describes it, “the return of a luminous glow after times of darkness, to which gods and men were subject.”

Reading further from his wonderful book on these Symbols, we are advised to apply this degree with a mind to “the awareness of a higher spiritual sense of the time of return and renewal; the slightest glimmer of hope; small offerings made with sincerity bringing supreme good fortune.”

I’m sold.

Elisabeth also dives into what the Uranus retrograde I mentioned earlier may mean for each of us. Highly recommended!

True Prosperity

This week, you might reflect upon what you consider wealth to be.

Is it really the relentless push to grow some numbers in the stock market? Is there actually ever any “trickle-down” from closed-door dealings by unknown money handlers who risk our health, lives, homes, and safety with their obscure territorial games?

Shall we settle for food that is drenched with secret, deadly chemicals or grown in factory farming conditions that are wretched for the animals and deadly dangerous for those who harvest and process it? Do we really need cheap, disposable goods made by children in abysmal 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 the mind-numbing numbers of sick and needlessly dead piling up all around us?

As our spending habits continue to evolve and change in this new pandemic reality, many of us are discovering that true prosperity is much simpler than the buy-buy-buy consumerist economy would have us believe. And as our priorities continue to clarify, the illusions we have been sold are being ripped open.

But those fabrications reveal just how elusive the simplest things can be: 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.

And the good news is that this very week, the Tarot nudges us towards setting these as our intentions, for behold – the gateway is open, and crowned with flowers.

A brief note:
I apologize that I was evidently unclear or confusing in my statement last week (which is not a promising start for an aspiring author!).

I do not intend to quit writing the Card of the Week altogether, as you can see today. I am just dramatically cutting back the time and energy that I am lavishing on it. So thank you for the many, many well wishes (and wow — so many thoughtful donations)! I am not quite gone yet!

– Beth

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  • August 17, 2020, 7:10 pm Dana

    I love the idea of the pentacle being a scrying mirror, especially a scrying mirror with a star on it.

    In my shamanic path I have been taught the 15 faces of wealth. Of the 15 only 3 are in any way connected to money.

  • August 17, 2020, 8:12 pm Beth

    THIS is powerful writing Beth!! I missed last week when you said you were cutting back. Look, if this is cutting back, WOW, I’m sold!! You are hitting it with focus and clarity. THANK YOU!

  • August 18, 2020, 12:25 am Jacqueline

    How delightful! It is good to see both you and the Ace of Pentacles! The pandemic has shown us how valuable and important the folks are who help us to survive and at the same time how little these same folks have been valued by our society. They are treated as disposable and/or poorly paid and overworked. I think people are beginning to realize just how upside down our system is. I certainly have and I am hoping for change.

  • August 18, 2020, 9:36 am nofixedstars

    “A New Moon in Leo offers the opportunity to plant seeds of intention that reflect our heart’s desire”… how lovely it would be if an overwhelming majority of people everywhere reflected on things and decided that what they really want, going forward, is what charles eisenstein calls “the more beautiful world your heart knows is possible”, and held that as their great heart’s desire, and life’s work.

    a new moon, an ace…beginnings. we are constantly given new opportunities to start fresh, or take a next step. with so much going so very wrong, so much that frightens and threatens and destroys, it’s lovely to get a reminder that while we must be vigilant and work hard, we also should keep in our heads and hearts that which we are fighting for: a clear, joyous vision of peace, true and sustainable prosperity, justice, our world renewed and cherished as the magical, life-giving, innately divine thing it is.

    thanks for the reminder!

  • August 20, 2020, 10:52 am Beth

    Thanks so much to each of you for generously sharing your insights and thoughts here. (And of course the complimentary words! 😊)

    I treasure your visits.. just sayin’!