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.
This week the tarot instructs us to be mindful of our negative thoughts that keep us trapped in a web of negativity. This beautiful woman in her gorgeous red dress is blindfolded and bound within a cage of eight swords. She stands suspended above a landscape of water and earth. She is neither grounded or connected inwards to her intuition. She is stuck, trapped, perhaps of her own making. Have you ever been told, “You’re overthinking things…” When the thoughts are negative they feed a victim mindset and one can feel helpless and hopeless. But look closely at this picture and observe more closely. What if the woman loosened the binding (it doesn’t seem too tight around her body) and then took off the blindfold. She would see the path of water in front of her and quite possibly the castle on the hill behind her and quite possibly the connection between the two. Looking for solutions rather than dwelling on the problems you will naturally be drawn to the light and all will be revealed.