I've removed this segment from the revised manuscript The Enchanted Snare. The Enchanted Snare is magickal story with an instructional method that can help you become acquainted with the Major Tarot cards and be more witchlike. Don't fret, The Suit of Pentacle will re-appear in my up-in-coming release The Fool's Path.
Here is an invitation to tap in to the energies and the symbolic - pictures of the Pentacle suite of the Waite Tarot deck.
Light candles and incense, and then joined in.
Follow your curiosity!
You discovered by studying the suit of Cups, you needed to look within your heart to find high qualities of generosity, to apply intuition in your daily routine, and balance the extremes of your emotions.
By exploring the Wand suit you learn actions affect others which, in turn, affects the whole of society, and the planet. Personal intent must be for the good of all.
The Sword suit represents personal thoughts, and mental disposition. You learned by investigating the suit of Swords the subconscious mind is where all experiences are noted and become memories, the waking conscious thoughts are synthesized and the super conscious thought is aligned with the Divine Light of love. The mind is multifaceted, creative, inventive, structure and thought brings both action and acceptance.
The suit of Pentacle represents the feminine element of earth. Earth stands for material things, physical feelings and practical ability. It corresponds to the element earth, north quarter, and is receptive, the materialization of cosmic powers. The minor arcana cards represent the minor secrets of life.
A white radiant hand, raised upward, palm open, flows out from a cloud. It holds a large, gold pentacle, the root of the power of Earth, which represents security, physical well-being, warmth, generosity and an appreciation of beauty and nature.
The circle, the Pentacle’s border, signifies a beginning without end, success that comes and goes. The star in the center - physical senses that feel satisfied and content. The Pentacle, a five-pointed star with a single point upright inside a round disk represents the five senses, the five points of humans in an outstretched position. It symbolizes a human being balanced in emotions, life force, spirit, intellect and body, each element inside the other to create a whole. Spirit, intellect, personal will, emotions, all in agreement as to what should occur on a physical level.
The symbolism at the base of Ace of Pentacle is a garden which refers to the vegetable kingdom. The roses, lilies and greenery show the culture of aspirations, subconscious, substance and earth. The roses are a symbol of the Goddess and love, the lilies, knowledge and purity, abstract, untinged by desire. The laurels, the trail of greenery, represents growth. The Path, the way to Spiritual attainment and also knowledge set forth by the Tarot cards. The state of becoming.
The sea in the background as slightly turbulent to symbolize rolling with the ups and downs in daily life, will eventually come into balance. The ships are the accumulation of material wealth. I believe this card indicates a time of having to make decisions and having to sort matters out. The change taking place is both comfortable and uncomfortable but the small, slow movement alters one‘s life. The Two of Pentacle implies that one can juggle all demands made by being alert, agile and patient, and to know when to move forward and when to stand still.
The Two of Pentacle is an adjustment period of polarized forms that establish balance and equilibrium with practical matters and emotional and material security. There is movement which changes one’s life.
A crowned individual with encircled arms that tightly holds onto a pentacle stands upon two others while one rests over their head. A city - the thought center - is behind the person. The card could indicate excess and compulsive behavior with regard to storing or hoarding.
It could also mean one is holding on to the past or present which obstructs new development which comes from within, a resistance to change while clinging to the known and familiar. The lesson to be learned at the Four of Pentacle is security and self worth comes from within. To move forward one must apply themselves for the greater good.
The movement on the card appears troublesome and unsatisfactory. The snow shows that the world can be a cold place to live. The darkness represents obscure, depressing and mysterious surroundings. The shabby clothes on the older female signifies a warning against material dealings with or through friends. The injured party on the card is a warning of a hostile environment and one must proceed very carefully in order to expose and thwart them. The crutches represent an obstacle. There may be a long struggle ahead.
It would be wise to consider a shift either of goals or the method of approach to it to bypass the negative influence.
There might be poverty of some sort, or isolation from others, however, help is close by. The church window above the two people represents spiritual direction of love and good will is there to give support. The Five of Pentacles represent the established value system based on the individual’s own material principles. The card shows a desolate situation where two people are going through tragedy or crisis together. The two are drawn closer because there is no one else to lean on but each other at this time and, therefore, hope is born. During the difficult condition they learn to persevere, with personal resourcefulness, and the condition proves to be an enriching experience.
The Ace of Pentacle through to the Five are the early stages of unfolding.
The lesson here is that which is given freely, expecting nothing, knowing their generosity is the reward.
The Seven of Pentacle reminds all that constant work and attention is needed toward the development of self. Personal rewards will be forthcoming for the effort, but there is always room for growth. It’s a delay of gratification. It is the time to assess where you are and a tendtendency to continue with a familiar routine and a strong desire to achieve.
An elegant lady enjoys her personal achievements in privacy. She is not necessarily lonely but she seems to ask the hooded falcon for that which is still missing from the heart. She is open and receptive. She is self-reliant and trusts in her abilities. The elegant lady has a strong sense of independence and freedom. In the past there may have been a great struggle and sacrifice in order to reach the present situation and enjoy the fruits of the labor. This card signals great opportunity on a material level, manifestation of personal energies and ideas are taking form.
The Ten of Pentacle, is the total embodiment of the physical body and all its elements. The ultimate expression of self. At the Ten, one has grown close to all the living things of Earth. The forces of nature work for them and not against. The structure formed allows one to come into being their own individual with their own personal identity. To create prosperity, security, protection, beauty and serve. To achieve an identity with giving and receiving support. A slow process of mixing and blending new inspiration, intellect and emotions and moderate actions.
The Minor cards, Ace to Ten, in the Tarot deck, show specific direction in one’s life. It explains the potential, people’s motives in their environment and other personal relationships. With this newfound sense of structure, to work steady, it will show outward in physical form as the apprentice, achiever, nurturer or the master.
The Page of Pentacle is a young, dark-haired individual ruled by Capricorn, December 22 - January 20. The Page peers into the reflection of a gold coin about to get a glimpse into the future. The message received is very specific. The Page of Pentacle represents a down-to-earth, practical, young person who has strong values. The individual tends to be before or up to puberty. The person experiments, enjoys and acts without thought of consequences.
The Knight of Pentacle represents young adulthood, 21 to 28 years of age, with dark hair and ruled by Taurus, April 20 - May 21. A Knight sits proudly upon a stationary black horse that symbolizes progress, vitality, fertility and the five senses. The color negative and passive movement. At this state of personal growth, the Knight has gained a careful and methodical approach and can be relied upon to take responsibility.
A Knight in full armor for protection, holds in his hand a five-pointed star with a single point upright, inside a round disk and contemplates his own character with increasing awareness to detail necessary to reach personal goals. The Knight surveys the course ahead to advance or retreat. The Knight stands still in the present with mind, personal will, emotions in harmony with creation. There is an accumulation of practical knowledge derived from past experience. The Knight has an inner peace and conviction for the next phase of shaping his identity.
As a Knight, the individual becomes a stable, reliable human being who is goal oriented and competent to achieve monetary success.
The Queen of Pentacle is charitable, not afraid of hard work, practical, and a lover of nature, beauty and the finer things in life. She usually is a solid and sometimes squat figure characteristics and dark hair color. This Queen is ruled by Virgo, August 24 - September 23. The Queen of Pentacle has gained wisdom through life experience and knows one’s self-worth. She has respect for all life for she has earned wisdom through her years of experience, that all life has their being in her.
The King of Pentacle, ruled by Taurus, April 21 - May 21, has found their niche in the world. The human body, heart, mind, personal will and soul are a total expression of the wisdom gained. Shows by example, the King of Pentacle’s actions have earned respect as a way others can follow. Responsibilities in life have been taken and, at this stage of personal development, there is a sense of Karma. The individual is all that they could be and there is an aging with grace, ready to share all their knowledge. The past, present and future made them who they are.
PAST - supposes an intelligent cause
PRESENT - a cause which speaks
FUTURE - an expressed principle
The combined journey; the duration of a person’s life to defend and define self-structure.
The suit of Pentacles coincides with personal expansion on both inner and outer levels that begins at birth, through adulthood to old age. The struggle to find one’s self is often difficult for its purpose is to seek out the best there is in the individual and use it to their advantage. A human life is full of many phases and moments to establish identity. An individual transforms and gives away to something else. Humans reach important turning points in relation to physical growth. Each matures by the passing of time and are tied to specific age periods. Mature, means to be fully grown or developed. At every stage of maturation development one examines the structures they have built in the cycle before, to lead to changes that may emerge.
The early adult transition between fourteen and twenty is a period of rebellion and identity crisis. The individual escapes from limitations to express self and seek others who are different from tradition and society rules for the experience and to regenerate.
The Queen and King of Pentacle represent a point in development the personal identity should have matured. Life experiences have brought knowledge and, with the current age, learned how to apply all they know and gained wisdom. One understands and knows themselves from past programming and their purpose is manifested. A period of steadfast solid effort, disciplined between the individual and their environment. There is a solid sense of value, of identification with the world at large or society. Between forty and sixty, there is a mid-life transition where a deeper understanding of one’s life and self takes place within. One reaps what has been sown in the Karma sense. At sixty-five and up, late adulthood, one is mature, fully developed, resulting from their personal life experience. Advanced in age, having lived or existed long, have learned the power of the personal identity. There is an appreciation for all that has been as they celebrate their achievements. Grown to maturity, full size and strength, and know how to relate to the world as a whole. One’s actions have earned them respect as a way others can follow.
The successful creation of one’s material world is the result of mixing together the elements - air, fire, water and earth, their mind, energy, soul, emotions and body. One’s body is the vehicle to what’s happening on the inside. All internal resources shows outward in physical form. When the four elements are brought into balance with the interrelationship of all life to develop one’s identity, one masters a sense of who they are emotionally, spiritually, mentally and physically. An embodiment of energy that manifests through you. Inner work and outer expression.
The aging and development stages humans move through is a stimulating journey through the self to the many levels of wonder that exist within our lives to strengthen personal values.