Monday, November 8, 2010

Six of Pentacles

This is a complex card and needs context to explain - money is often such a complicated issue. I always ask people which figure they most identify with. Are you giving and not getting or taking and not being able to give? Are you expected to be grateful or expected to be gracious? It’s about an uneven power dynamic, and a sense of not enough.

You might think the figure giving the charity is the happiest in this scenario, but actually no one is entirely comfortable when relationships are so fundamentally unequal. And the irony is, when I get this card for relationships, it can mean that both parties can feel that the other has all the resources, power and control…

The tarot of trees has a kinder version, where the scarcity of the nuts meets the sharp wits of the squirrels.

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