This card is a give and take, maybe portraying a miser, someone who keeps tabs, and makes sure the books are balanced. There seems to be more people in need than are giving out.
This is a very practical, earthy card, in the sense that it is very stereotypical “pentacles” to me, and thus relating to the element of earth.
The red strip divides the card, and the six pentacles, right down the middle.
This card makes me ask how I can keep things fair and balanced, how everyone can be happy. The man, however, doesn’t seem to be particularly pleased to be giving out his money but it seems that he views it as his duty.
To me, I see this card most playing out in my domestic life (I really hate reading the pentacles as solely relating to material possessions and money). I see this card in my home, with my partner. I see this card as a reminder or nudge to keep things tidy, with everything in order, and my partner and I on the same page. This card is about acknowledging the “other’s” needs and offering what you can in return.
I’m neutral about this card, but if I read it beyond money and balancing the books, it’s easier to relate to. When I read it as just sharing myself, my gifts, my time, it is easier to understand.
Today, the day on which I drew the card, I felt this card pushing me to get some chores and jobs done around the house, making sure things are set for the week and the New Year. (Though that could have just been my anxiety around my to do list, but who knows :))
I am blogging my experiences here with Beth Maiden’s Alternative Tarot Course which asks students to draw a card each day, reflect on it, complete weekly readings, and other assorted exercises.