Whether you know it or not you are working toward something. It can be a long term goal, a weekend getaway, or a beer belly. You decide. The suit of Pentacles asks you to be responsible in your choices and in your actions so that you work towards things that provide you with some type of wealth, whether that is physical wealth, emotional wealth, spiritual wealth, relationship wealth … making the proper investments pay off in time.
In tarot the suit of Pentacles represents the element of earth. Sometimes called Coins, Worlds, or Discs this suit is seen as relating to the material world including nature, work, money, career, home and other property, and all things business.
It takes time for our work to come to fruition, whether that is a garden we are growing, a book we are writing, a sport we are improving. The idea of patience and practice is repeated in this suit card after card. We do not master an activity after trying it once. We must practice it, hone our skills, learn how to get better until we reach the point of mastery and even then if we neglect our practice then our skills will fade. We do not harvest a garden by simple planting the seeds. We must also tend our garden carefully with water and attention in order to insure a harvest. But one thing is certain in the suit of Pentacles: if you do the work there will be a harvest. Hard work, diligence, practice and patience pays off in the form of rewards. That reward can be a promotion at your job or more zucchini than one person could possibly eat but the reward is there.
If you do not heed the lesson of Pentacles, that hard work leads to rewards, you will have a lot of trouble reaching the goals in your life. If you are unwilling to be diligent, responsible, and patient how can you even see something through to the end? It can be a degree in higher education or it can be saving up money to afford your dream vacation. It doesn’t matter what it you are working toward … if you do not stick to the plan you will not achieve the results you desire, simple as that.
Ultimately Pentacles asks you to consider what you are working toward in your life. Are you making an honest, viable effort? Are you considerate of your responsibilities? Are you taking time to rest? Rest too is important because if you push too hard all at once you will wear yourself out in the long run. Are you nourishing yourself and your projects properly? Are you willing to share your resources with others? Are you willing to ask for help when needed? When we live according to the patient, dedicated, hard-working theme of the Pentacles we see that there is a connection in how we invest our time/money/energy and what returns we receive.
Other suits which we will cover later are more flashy, they perhaps have more zest or zing, but if we want to make something happen in our lives we can always count on the predictability and security that Pentacles provides.
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