As much as I dislike the Tower (which I wrote about earlier today), I equally dislike (loathe) the Five of Pentacles.
There is just no good spin on this card that I can find. (Or so I thought. Read on).
Shelter from the storm? Nah. Poverty consciousness? YUCK. And, in fact, some books even tell you PAY ATTENTION – because some physical loss (money, health) is in the house.
All that said, there IS, actually, another way to look at it — even though Pentacles is the EARTH suit, what is manifesting supposedly (or wants to manifest) — that these issues are clouding your vision to such an extent that you are LIVING IT, no matter the reality. You are acting FROM it. You may have 17 yachts, but you’re sobbing.
Now I’m not telling you that it’s all in your mind or all mental conflict or attitude (that would be the Swords suit).
BUT you can adjust yourself in various ways — so as to adjust, mitigate that Five of Pentacles angst.
This afternoon I did a multi-card spread and the Five of Pents was my situation card, and then I drew a card for challenges to the Five of Pents (i.e. what is not helping). And then another card for what could help (i.e. what to do). And then an outcome card. And then below each of those cards I put a row of three cards to give more information, more detail for each of the original cards.
Now this is not an easy peasy layout (not that any layout is “easy”) but it does take a fair amount of patience. Here is one technique that I was working with yesterday: to come up with ONE keyword for each of the cards. Just ONE. Not that you need to turn off your intuition, but make it an intellectual exercise as well. Say the words out loud.
According to one of my books, Arthur Waite said (of the two figures pictured in the card), “the pair were mendicants, monks who lived a life of poverty and preaching. The mendicants were so committed to poverty that they didn’t even have a monastery… depending solely on the charity of others.”
Committed to poverty.
Reading this gave me an AHA moment. There are subconscious choices going on. Not a choice to be broke or to be poor but still an inherent choice is being made behind the scenes of the actual dollars and sense/cents. A vibrational choice (for lack of a better word). Crowley called this card “Worry.”
See? This dovetails with the point I was making above. The richest man or woman (with no threat of bankruptcy) will still, at times, pull this card.
Also, the Tarot Fives are unstable, uncertain, crisis-points. The Five is the middle. It can go EITHER WAY, down towards zero, the beginning, or up towards Ten, completion.
The rest of the cards in your spread can show the direction you are heading — towards deeper poverty or towards the brightest healing light, if you follow the caution and the advice.
There is challenge in this card, oh yes, but also the injunction to BE HERE NOW. What is worry anyway, but your lack of presence in the present moment.
And I love the way Crowley additionally describes this card — that the “inaction” is so THICK. Remember, Pentacles are STABLE. The two figures can easily wind up doing NOTHING, which only makes the problem worse — thus look for MOVEMENT, energy, look for WANDS in your spread when you see this card. I could go on and on.
Above all, I want to leave you with a message of hope. Despite all outcomes cards – that you will be okay. Even if you don’t get the guy. Even if your cat is on her ninth life. Even if you feel the Wizard’s got nothing in his bag for you . Even if even if even if. Even if all of it. Can you go on? One more day? For me? Because I plan to keep writing here 🙂 So you stay strong and I’ll keep talking Tarot (I’m pretty obsessed lately).
It’s almost the Solstice. Light a candle no matter the season in your neck of the woods. There is much work to be done and we need the light.
What cards are you seeing?