New feature: One Card Weekends!Posted: March 12, 2010
I’m going to try to keep this going for as long as I can. Basically, the way One Card Weekends will work is that every weekend, I’m going to draw a single Tarot card and talk about its possible meanings. I’m going to try to do this on Fridays so that readers will have the weekend to think on it. The deck I use myself is the Tattooed Tarot by Lo Scarabeo, but I also have copies of several others, including the well-known Rider-Waite-Smith, the Thoth, and the Marseilles. Most of the references I’m going to draw on will be the RWS system, because that’s what most people will use (also because that’s what I go by with my Tattooed Tarot, since the Little White Book that it comes with is for crap). I don’t have scans of the Tattooed deck, so any images I post will be from other decks.
Today I drew the Ace of Pentacles, which because of its symbolism in this deck, I tend to use as Tall Dude’s significator. The Aces in the Tattooed Tarot show a picture of an eye tattooed in the placement of the third eye chakra, which is between the eyes. This one shows a pentacle at the center of the eyes. In the Rider-Waite-Smith deck, it shows a celestial hand holding out a gold pentacle/coin, as below.
Here’s what A. E. Waite had to say about it, from the Pictorial Key to the Tarot: “A hand–issuing, as usual, from a cloud–holds up a pentacle. Divinatory Meanings: Perfect contentment, felicity, ecstasy; also speedy intelligence; gold. Reversed: The evil side of wealth, bad intelligence; also great riches. In any case it shews prosperity, comfortable material conditions, but whether these are of advantage to the possessor will depend on whether the card is reversed or not.”
Personally, I tend to see it as a card of knowing what resources you have and of receiving what’s offered (true of the aces in general, but especially of the Ace of Pents). This suit is also called Coins in many decks, so it’s representative of wealth, both physical and spiritual. In the tattooed deck, I also tend to see it as a card of internal focus in order to complete a task. It’s also a card of appreciating what’s in front of you.
In a future position, the Ace of Pentacles can indicate an upturn in fortune and an increase of resources. It can also indicate the start of a new venture, which is likely to turn out well.
In Aleister Crowley’s writings on the Tarot, he calls this card “The Root of the Powers of Earth.” The Disks suit, as it’s called in Crowley’s Thoth deck, is associated with the Qabalistic concept of Assiah, the physical, material realm. Being its “root” means that the Ace is the beginning, the sprout from which the whole thing grows. Hence it refers to creation and beginnings in a material sense.
Astrologically, the Pentacles are associated with the Earth signs, which are Taurus (fixed), Capricorn (cardinal), and Virgo (mutable).