What am I dedicated to? What am I creating? Building? The three of pentacles asks me to look at how I spend my time on what matters to me.
The artisan in this card works on a church, which is a project that takes a long time, it takes a vision, it takes a creative drive that lasts. This card is all questions to me: wondering how I apply my creative energy, how I bring my imagination, my dreams, to life. What a card to pull the day after the Hermit, who urges us to go after the wild life.
Lindsay Mack says the pentacles “really help us to discern how…we marry our human stuff with spiritual soulwork, and how we can make those things one thing, and how they can both be in alignment with each other.” Yes yes yes! She talks of how speaking of the pentacles in terms of money really short changes (!) the suit because the tarot really isn’t about the external anyway. And, man, I so identify with that in how I read the pentacles. (Ps, if you haven’t listened to her podcast, Tarot for the Wild Soul, please listen to January’s Monthly Medicine.)
I love the way the sun shines through the stained glass in this card, and that the figure is in shadow. It makes me feel seen, witnessed; the stained glass draws me in, shining light on my inner self. It says everything we do is part of “the whole,” each moment, each tiny decision affects the outcome. This card is about taking what lies inside my creative, emotive body and bringing it physical.
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.