Although reversals usually indicate blocks and adverse movement, when the Five of Pentacles appears in a reversed position we rejoice because we know we are moving out of victim consciousness and spiritual poverty. The two beggars are upside down and have no where to look but at the brightly lit pentacles in the stained glass windows of the church. The pentacles certainly catch our eye much more in this position than in their background spot when the card is upright. These symbolize resources–financial, inner, any kind that lead to a change in fortune, whether internal such as self-worth or outer such as new job, etc. A perfect card to appear on this week of Thanksgiving where we acknowledge our gratitude for all our blessings.
What a dismal scene. A man and a woman are walking in a snowstorm. His legs are bandaged and he uses crutches. She is barefoot in the snow wrapped in a cloak. Her gaze is downcast, he looks up to the heavens as if to say, “Why me?” Each despairs of their condition which is abject poverty. So engrossed in their unhappy and hopeless situation are they that neither notices the bright lights coming from the pentacles (gold coins) depicted in the stained glass windows in the church to their left. It is a cautionary tale, one that messages the mistake of too much attention to the problem rather than solution. If we keep our heads buried in the circumstances of our despair we will miss the signs of hope and help. Look to the light…always.