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 delightful card for our upcoming Thanksgiving holiday here in the states. A happy family of husband and wife in a graceful embrace waving and dancing children look out to a verdant green landscape with blue stream running through it and a quaint cottage up on the hill. A radiant rainbow of ten golden cups arches up above shedding divine light on the entire scene. Whenever I see this card I am struck by the fact that the figures are faceless. In truth, the husband and wife face away from us. We have no idea to whom they are waving. This is the “everyman” family, the traditional picture of ultimate achievement in the suit of cups having to do with emotions, relationships, intuition, flow.
How does this picture resonate with you? Does it capture the comfort, security, and bliss at the top of your relationship scale? There are many different kinds of families. I knew a person who didn’t have a good relationship with her family and gave shelter and care to beings from the animal world. That was her family. The familial bond does not necessarily have to be by blood. It is fostered with love and caring. In the end we are one big family and the rainbow of golden cups shines on us all. Let us look to the good in each of us and expand the concept of family so the blessings of this holiday season travel gently on a path of love and light.