Exploring the Ace of Pentacles

Welcome to Tarot Thursdays! This week we will be exploring the Ace of Pentacles and how it can be used as a prompt or brainstorming in our writing.

Tarot is an interesting thing. It’s based upon symbolism and metaphors through imagery. With these images the subconscious mind is tapped into through the story provided. Not everyone gets the same thing from a piece of art. Each piece will influence each person in a slightly different way.


Introduction of the Card

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We’re now jumping to the Suit of Pentacles and starting with The Ace of Pentacles. This is card is number 64 in the deck in the Orphalese program and the first card of the Pentacles Suit in the Minor Arcana of the Tarot.

Let’s take a look at the following examples of this card below.


Card Examples

 

Notice the similarities between them and take note of their differences. Do any of these move you more than the others? Take your time and allow these cards to tell you their story.


My Analysis of These Cards

The first thing I notice here is the greenness in the Tarot of Dreams card and the Dragon Tarot card. The hues and saturations are different, but they are still very green. This gives me an earthly feel to these cards. It’s grounded and solid.

Now with the Mythic Tarot, I’ve always found it odd that the artist chose Poseidon to be the one gifting this coin here. He’s the god of the sea and the Pentacles are the suit of the earth, so I’m not sure what the intention behind this was. To be completely honest, I’m not familiar with the myth that the suit follows in this deck. I just know that here Poseidon is presenting this coin and this is launches the hero into the story that we will following for the remainder of the suit. So it really helps with this deck when you have a deep familiarity with the myths that these cards follow to understand what the stories these cards are trying to tell.

The interesting thing here is that the Tarot of Dreams card has many similarities to the Mythic Tarot card. Looking at the image, I get the impression the man in the water is supposed to be Poseidon. I wonder why the artist for this deck chose to make this association.

And not to leave out the Universal Tarot, we have the classic divine hand presenting the coin to those willing to accept the gift for what it is. In the background you can see what appears to be a garden entryway.


Themes of the Card

Each card has a set of keywords associated with it that serve as themes for its image. These keywords will vary somewhat depending on who you ask.

According to the Learning the Tarot website, the keywords associated with the card are:

  • MATERIAL FORCE
  • PROSPERITY
  • PRACTICALITY
  • TRUST

You can learn more about what this site has to say about this card here.

According to the Biddy Tarot website, the keywords associated with the card are:

  • MANIFESTATION
  • NEW FINACIAL OPPORTUNITY
  • PROSPERITY

You can learn more about what this site has to say about this card here.


What this Card Means to Me

Okay the first thing I need to say here is that the Pentacles represents Earth. Not just the element, but the land itself. And back in ancient times before the emergence of currency, wealth was measured by the land you owned what your land could produce. Why? Because of barter and trade. When currency came about land still served, and continues to serve, as a measurement of wealth because if your land produces no value then you earn no money from it. So this is something to keep in mind as we progress through the Pentacles when we talk about wealth and how we define wealth. Any time we look at this suit we need to stop and consider what we value in terms of wealth. Is it money or is it something else?

Wealth isn’t the only thing that the Pentacles and the Earth represents here. It also represents the body and thus health. It also represents working with the body and the earth. Making manifest what’s inside you out into the world. So it’s also about developing skills and hard work.

So the Ace of Pentacles here is the budding energy of all that. Here we can feel the steady strength of the physical realm thrumming within us. It encourages us to trust ourselves and the world around us to push forward, produce, and create with the skills that we have. And in doing this we must remain mindful to remain grounded in our work, to maintain a consistent and steady work ethic, and to not allow ourselves to become overburdened with life.

The key phrase I choose for this card is: GIFT OF THE BODY.


Music Playlist

In this spirit of all this, these are the songs I have picked out for this card.


The Writing Exercise

This exercise is a free write. Permit yourself to write whatever comes to mind based upon the theme of this card. Choose a keyword or key phrase and run with it to see what you come up with.


I would love it if you linked or pinged back what you wrote so I could see where you went with this.

Happy writing!


Mythic Tarot by Liz Greene (Author), Juliet Sharman-Burke (Author), Tricia Newell (Illustrator) © 1989
Dragon Tarot by Terry Donaldson (Author), Peter Pracownik (Author) © 1996
Universal Tarot by Lo Scarabeo (Author), R. De Angelis (Illustrator), A. E. Waite (Designer) © 2001
Tarot of Dreams by Ciro Marchetti (Author), Lee Bursten (Author) © 2015

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