Welcome back to Tarot Notes at Symbolic Living.
Today we’ll be moving on to the Ace of Pentacles and we’ll also talk about the Four Aces together.
What are the two most noticeable things on Ace of Pentacles card that pops out to you? What imagery do you not notice as much and have to take a closer look.
The Ace of Pentacles
Pentacles, also known as disks and coins, are related to the element Earth.
The Astrological Signs associated with this card, are Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn, the three earth signs of the zodiac.
The Pentacles are the card of manifestation in the physical world. Not only does the pentacle represent the material world, but also the attachments materialism holds.
Money is represented in the suit of pentacles, having a potent relationship to our connection to materialism.
What concerns and life issues come up in terms of money and materialism?
Many believe money is the root of all evil, however, it should be noted money is a neutral force. We call it currency because it is an energy that flows. The direction it takes, positive or negative, has to do with the choices made by whoever accesses and holds it. What is your relationship to money like?
In the physical world we see this card as symbolizing accomplishment, from career to business, as well as family and all things materialistic. The accomplishment arises from the effort, intentions and work that went into manifesting the desired result. From the dream to reality.
The pentacles is stability and the senses of the material realm we exist within. What we experience in this world is based on and interpreted by our five senses.
What are some of the benefits of accomplishing objectives in the physical world?
As with all cards in the tarot there are the possibilities of duality. In this card, as is, we will see it’s most positive attributes to the physical world such as abundance, prosperity, health and wellness. Think of some positive examples in your own life. What have you experienced positive in the material world?
What are some of the pitfalls we encounter when too attached to the material world or materialism? Greed, selfish, ego, anxiety, hoarding, loss of spiritual connection due to too much attention to physical desires, fear of loss, stealing, disappointment. Think of some negative experiences you’ve had, or witnessed in the material world.
When you think of people you know who are one of the Astrological signs associated with the Ace of Pentacles, what are some keywords that may come up, both positive and negative? (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn).
The Aces, Mystery of Life. The Foundation of Creation.
We’re very excited to share with you this weeks lesson of all the Aces brought together.
Seen together, the Aces show us the mystery of life in it’s most fundamental, universal consideration.
Now, the Ace of Pentacles is a very important card and something you may not have considered with the Aces is before your eyes. The Ace of Pentacles is the card of culmination of the three other Aces.
Remember, all of the Aces represent the Beginning. We can see this beginning in stages symbolized in the four aces.
Take a look at each one and see the most fundamental principle of truth in our reality.
First, observe how the Wands, Cups and Swords all have an element of activity. Note the similar energy floating around them, in the leaves – droplets – yods, notice what’s different with the Pentacles, the stability, the culmination brought to a state of manifestation. Also notice the direction of the Wands and Cups, then the Swords and Pentacles. What does that say to you?
The Ace of Wands, appears as a phallic symbol, alone. The inspiration to exist and act is present. The first stirrings of drive, the force of inspiration and energy comes forth. The active principle is here. It contains the seed of life.
Then we see the receptive force in the Ace of Cups. The womb of existence, ready to receive. The Ace of Wands is no longer alone in the world, it has been called to action. The Ace of Cups attracts and gives the Ace of Wands a true purpose to exist, a place to put forth it’s energy is called for. The feelings of the Cups are understood on a visceral, feeling level which are brought into reality that give the first stirrings of the Wands’ inspiration meaning. The waters of life’s purpose are here.
We then see the Ace of Swords, entering the Crown receptivity. Union is achieved. The active and receptive principles are joined together. The choice is decidedly made, The courtship has victoriously brought the union together mindfully with the feelings joined that drew on the inspiration to give and receive. It is symbolic of the most fundamental creative act of life.
Finally we see the result in the Ace of Pentacles. The physical world is born from desire. The union has conceived of the physical world, of life. The hand holds the conceived child. The 5 pointed star is a symbol that represents the human, the living being in form. Here we see the forces are brought together.
The fertile fields surround the egg, which is now fertilized. It will remain here until it is ready to exit the womb symbolized by the doorway in the fertile shrubbery. It will then enter the physical world in all it’s possibilities, represented by the mountains. The physical world has many mountains to climb through life. Also, if it were to be viewed from the opposite side of the shrubs, the mountainous region could be viewed as waves (waters of the womb), and the new life has been born and brought into the world of form, surrounding by the abundant flowers of life.
The aces are evident of the most spiritual, creative force of life. It shows us the fundamental creative act of sexual union as the Universal symbol of how the material form is manifested from the spiritual realm. Our reality is a most spiritually driven act born from the spirit world.
The Aces show us the active desire, the desire to receive, desire of union and finally the magical, creative forces manifesting into the physical world.
Now isn’t that a powerful and meaningful revelation, and that’s just the beginning!
Aces and Qabalah Correspondences to the Four Worlds
The Aces are also related to the Tetragrammaton, YHVH, hebrew letters for the name of God, and related to the Four Worlds.
Wands – Fire – Atziluth – Archetypal World
Cups – Water – Briah – Creative World
Swords – Air – Yetzirah – Formative World
Pentacles – Earth – Assiah – Material World
We hope you enjoy learning about Tarot at Symbolic Living with an easy to understand approach for beginners. We also hope you can find personal relations to the card symbolism and think about the imagery in new and expansive ways.
Some weeks we may talk about more than one card, history and more. As we go along things will change and develop, we’ll keep it interesting for you.
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