Just in time for Christmas week, the Four of Wands comes in with festive celebration. The castle is decked out with fruits and greenery, four wands are standing in the foreground at the ready for a welcoming home ceremony and a couple cheers and raises their bouquets in a toast. There is stability, harmony, the warmth of the hearth and illumination all around. Brings to mind the Shakespeare verse from A Midsummer Night’s Dream: “Joy, gentle friends! joy and fresh days of love Accompany your hearts!”
What a perfect card to pull for the week ushering in Christmas and the end of 2018. Normally we see this kingly fellow sitting in front of his kingdom holding down his material possessions. He is the picture of stability, his resources under his feet. in his hands and crowning his crown. However upside down he looks a little panicked and the stability and foresight has turned into grabbing and miserliness. When I pulled the card and saw this picture, the first thing I did was go to my favorite charity and give a gift. I hope you’ll do the same. Money is good, stability is important, and shepherding one’s resources is a necessary part of life. BUT as that famous sage Dolly Levi of Thornton Wilder’s classic play, “The Matchmaker” (basis for the well-known musical “Hello Dolly”) says, “Money, pardon the expression, is like manure. It’s not worth a thing unless it’s spread around, encouraging young things to grow.” Money, possessions, resources, love–it’s all good to spread around.
The Knight of Pentacles has some very good qualities. He is reliable and persevering and doesn’t give up when the going gets tough. Sure he might not be the most exciting fellow but who would you rather have on your team in an episode of “Survivor”…Am I right? This week you may feel like running away from making those last finishing touches on a project at work, or finishing wrapping the gifts for under the tree in your Christmas celebration. Stick with it and call on the energy of this steadfast knight who offers the golden coin of opportunity. He is a workhorse like the gorgeous stallion he sits upon, ready, able and willing to carry you forward.