6 of Pentacles

Weekly Card 7 of Swords Revisited

140130 Herbal 7 of Swords
The Herbal Tarot

We’ve come full cycle: we’re back to the new moon.

Today, western Tropical astrology has the moon in Aquarius, which corresponds to 7 of Swords.

(Just to add to your connection to the moon, there are three other tarot cards with moon correspondences:  6 of Pentacles, which corresponds to moon in Taurus; 4 of Cups, corresponding to moon in Cancer; and 9 of Wands, corresponding to moon in Sagittarius.)

We’ve looked at 7 of Swords before, so let’s deepen with a look at the connection between tarot and astrology.

Very briefly – and very superficially — remember that each suit is connected with an element: Pentacles with earth, Cups with water, Swords with air, and Wands with fire.  And remember that the 12 signs of the zodiac all have elemental correspondences:  Aries, Leo and Sagittarius are the fire signs, Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn are the earth signs, Gemini, Libra and Aquarius are the air signs, and Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces are the water signs.  So, Pentacles will have cards associated with Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn, Cups will have cards associated with the 3 water signs, and likewise for Swords and the air signs, and Wands and the fire signs.

Let’s check:  Swords are associated with air signs.  Yup, Aquarius is an air sign.

Air and Aquarius have a cool, impersonal, um, air about them.  And you can think of the quality of freedom associated with them both.  Imagine air getting into pretty much anywhere it likes.  If you’ve ever tried to close up all the drafts in your home, you’ve been up against the difficulties of containing air.  Just as difficult as containing your thoughts: the monkey mind that spiritual disciplines talk about.  Oops, more air: spirit, speech.

The moon is an old friend by now.  We know about the changes in appearance from night to night.  And we know that, as a symbol for our intuition, it leads us into breakthroughs.

Play with the concepts of Air/Aquarius and the moon and see what kinds of combinations you come up with.  See how they fit with what you’ve learned about 7 of Swords to deepen your understanding of the image.

Then consider the side of you that you keep hidden from the public, and let your mind wander.  See if you can discover your hidden intentions this week.

To step it up a notch, choose one to build on.  How can you make that intention into something your public can see  by the next full moon?

I double dog dare you to show your hidden face!

Weekly Card 6 of Pentacles Revisited

130829 Thoth 6 of Disks
Thoth Tarot
130829 RWS 6 of Pentacles
Rider Waite Smith Tarot

Let’s go deeper with 6 of Pentacles, this time with the Thoth deck 6 of Disks.

You can see that Crowley’s image is much more purely symbolic than the tarot decks we see more often.  And he’s titled the card “Success”.   What’s it all about (Alfie)?

130829 RWS 5 of Pentacles
Rider Waite Smith Tarot

Take a look at the 5 of Pentacles.  Not so much an image of success, is it?  What would it take to get from 5 of Pentacles to 6 of Pentacles?  In other words, what makes people successful?

Time and cycles are one of the implications of the astrological signs on 6 of Disks.  So are balancing various aspects of oneself or of a situation.

And then there’s the Rose Cross in the centre, symbol of the soul manifesting in the material plane.  We could call it  living true to the soul’s purpose.

So, what if you looked to your personal characteristics, the strengths and weaknesses you possess to draw from and guide you?  And what if you combined those with your deepest dream for the world?  If you were persistent over time, and rode out the changing cycles of fortune, constantly applying yourself to your dream, what might happen?

6 of Disks says that, if you recognize what you’ve been given and use it wisely, in the service of others, you’ll make something of your condition.  True success.

Now, what would you make of the situation if you saw 6 of Pentacles next to 9 of Cups?  How about 6 of Pentacles next to 0 The Fool?  Or the 4 of Swords?  Or all three?

And, finally, how do you relate all this to what you learned earlier about 6 of Pentacles?

Accept your deepest self and give it expression this week!

Weekly Card 6 of Pentacles

Robin Wood Tarot
Robin Wood Tarot

Sure are a lot of 6s here, aren’t there (look at the date!)?  In numerology, 6 is all about service to the community.

And in 6 of Pentacles, that service is very material.  This is the card that allows you to expand your community by offering something of value.

But this isn’t just about giving money away.  Notice those grapes all over the cloak of the benefactor in the Robin Wood deck?   His cloak indicates fertility and growth as an inner resource.  He has enough to keep and enough to give away.  All those grapes would just die on the vine if he didn’t give to others.  Nobody starves in 6 of Pentacles; everyone is improved by sharing.  The scales are kept in balance.

Rider Waite Smith Tarot
Rider Waite Smith Tarot

Notice that feather in the benefactor’s cap.  He’s a thinking man (feather corresponding to air corresponding to the mental world).  And the feather is pinned to his cap with a heart of service.  He’s noticed what his recipients need and gives from the heart.

When you meet 6 of Pentacles, questions to ask yourself include, What do I have to share and how valuable is it?  With whom can I share my resources?

Have a wonderful time this week discovering your own abundance and sharing it in your world!




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