It takes little talent to see what lies under one’s nose;
a good deal to know in what direction to point that organ.
As the early Spring holidays fade, and the season of new growth begins to burgeon, we are visited by a good friend to help us know where to go now. Welcome this week to the Knight of Pentacles.
The court cards of the Tarot are the people cards and are quite often, literally, the people you know. They may or may not be the same sex as the figure in the card, and they may in fact be some aspect of yourself. Therefore, to decide who this might be, here are some characteristics for you to consider.
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 who is a sturdy, well-grounded person who is rarely in a big hurry.
Instead he (or she) is methodical, calm, and even a bit conservative. Like a chess master, he studies the board, and calculates multiple possible moves in the future before he makes his move.
Unlike the other, more adventurous Knights, the Knight of Pentacles sits quietly on his big workhorse, looking out across the fields that await planting. In his hand, he holds the Pentacle that is his wealth and investment for the future. Like the younger, less experienced Page, the Knight’s coin is either transparent, or else the same sunny yellow as the sky.
His helmet and his horse are adorned with oak leaves, reinforcing their connection to the Earth, perhaps even the Green Man. Oaks, as you may know, are sacred trees that are revered as doorways to the Mysterious realms.
He is often body-conscious, too, and may be athletic in a robust, formidable way. These Knights are crusaders on behalf of good health habits and wholesome nutrition.
Perseverance and Persistence
Because the Knight of Pentacles never starts something he isn’t determined to finish, he can be cautious and may take a long while to make up his mind and get started.
But once committed, he is rock-solid. Like his big black steed, he powers through obstacles, 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 what others would consider minutiae. He doesn’t much like change or risk and can tend towards pessimism (in the name of being “realistic”).
To fiery Wands types or clever Swords people, the Knight of Pentacles might seem a bit stodgy and dull. True, he’s not renowned for his sensitive side (like Cups), or his speed, charm, charisma or intellect. And he is seldom the life of the party. Instead, you’ll find him in the kitchen, doing the dishes, serving his homemade, homegrown preserves, and keeping track of the recyclables.
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.
This Knight would never allow himself to be pushed over any kind of fiscal cliff, nor does he react to emotional disputes. But you can be sure he would never turn his back on discussions or decisions that affect our planet’s health and well-being.
He is guileless and understands himself as a steward in service to the land. He is plain-spoken, straight-dealing, and what you see is what you get.
In this forthrightness is his great power, for with no secrets, no double-talk, or back-room deals, his honesty and integrity speak to our better angels.
I would propose that one Knight of Pentacles in the public spotlight might be Bernie Sanders. While few would call him conservative, for on social issues, he certainly is not, he is doggedly driven to champion economic parity and to challenge the entrenched systems that prey on the working class and the poor.
Despite his years, he is not a king, sitting on a throne. He tirelessly saddles up and fights the battles of financial injustice and encroaching oligarchy every single day.
Dark of the Moon, Plant A Seed
Depending on your time zone, either Saturday or Sunday will usher in the pivotal (tropical astrology system) Aries New Moon.
At New Moons, magical people plant both literal and figurative seeds, and this first one since Equinox is especially influential. During its subsequent waxing Moon cycle, these new ideas, projects, and actual baby plants sprout and grow, often coming to fruition by the Full Moon.
The unfailingly amazing Elisabeth Grace notes:
The New Moon in Aries is exact at 10:30 PM ET. It activates the January 12, 2020 Saturn-Pluto conjunction in Capricorn, which coincided with the global awareness of Covid-19. Stories that were hot back then may be triggered in the new cycle.
This New Moon is a potent one, with its closest aspect being a square between Venus and Pluto — exact at 11:20 PM ET — suggesting themes of emotional overkill, purges and/or empowerment, for better or for worse.
The Knight of Pentacles would certainly advise us, then, to make sure we are well-grounded, calm, and aware of our connection to the sacred land upon which we live.
In addition, Elisabeth notes that earlier this week,
[Tuesday] morning begins with gravitas, as Moon meets up with Saturn at 6:32 AM ET, planting seeds for a humanitarian agenda…
In the wake of whatever weirdness hit the wires [Friday], a disciplined mindset presenting a humanitarian or high-tech initiative may emerge, reflecting the Mercury-Saturn sextile at 11:08 AM ET [Saturday].
Like the Knight of Pentacles, what seed do you hold in your hands? What intention are you about to set for the New Moon of this new beginning? Discipline and focus will surely serve you well.
Reinforcing the message of this Pentacles defender of all things material and manifest, Lorna Bevan’s weekly wisdom is also illuminating:
Although we experienced a shift at the Aries Equinox on March 21st, we are still in the critical threshold point of the whole astrological year.
The period between the New Moon in Pisces and Sunday’s New Moon in Aries is a time of dissolution of the whole cycle of the last year, to allow new energy to begin to arise from 11/12th April at the Aries New Moon.
Don’t try to jump ahead or push the river – that way you risk aborting the last crucial stage of alchemical change.
Instead, allow this week’s liminal space to bring profound insights into what the waning cycle of the last year since March 2020 has been about and what the newly-forming one might bring.
Re-emergence takes as much, if not more, psychic energy that hibernation, as you allow your compass to re-set to Self as Source.
The Aries New Moon marks the new cycle of the Astrological New Year with a firework display – a Super Conjunction of Chiron/Mercury/Ceres/Sun/Moon/Eris and Venus.
Cardinal Fire sign Aries works through the 1st Ray of Will and Power, so it’s time to show up and engage in birthing what is emerging.
This means identifying new paradigms just appearing over the horizon and following the clues. It’s a time to gently initiate something new and untried in your life — no matter how small it may seem.
Resonating with this guidance, remember that while the Knight of Pentacles is the action hero of the Pentacles suit, he cannot be hurried. Learn to attend to and align with the natural rhythms of the Earth Herself at this time, if you seek (and seed) good fortune.
Time to Assess
Is there a situation with your health, home, or work that demands a guarded response? For instance, just because cautions have eased in many places, the danger of the pandemic is not magically gone. Our Knight is in no rush, and will not risk what is most valuable to him because of someone else’s timetable or agenda.
So 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 vigilant regarding your material security is always a smart choice, but is especially wise during this transition 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.”
On the other hand, have you been working too hard? Or could it be possible that you are being a little too stubborn on some matter to do with physical resources?
The Knight of Pentacles may tend to believe his way is always right, because he takes such care doing 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 to be more prudent, persistent, and the vitality we are given when we 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 share what we have with gratitude and care. Like him, we would be prudent to assess what we have on hand, and prepare for changes. Then, carefully choose in which direction to point our awareness.
Let us take a long, clear look at what is really of value (which is rarely what we are being hustled). Let us learn from the Knight of Pentacles to tend our garden, growing a future that will feed the peaceful welfare of all, especially those yet to come.
May he offer you his blessings of abundance, patience, and persistence for the days ahead.