Pentacles are earth and business, three are trios and a balance of energy. Here we have a collegial scene. A wealthy business man, churchman and artisan confer on the building of a cathedral. What strikes me today is the respectful positioning of the artisan. He is standing on a workbench higher than the other two and in fact seems to be shining a light on the plans held by the wealthy patron. This is the new order where all work together in an attitude of mutual respect. Bring this attitude to work this week and see if things go along more smoothly. It is good to remember that each of us has unique gifts and talents that are necessary to make the thing work.
Perhaps there’s a snag in that great new romance. Or maybe your work partner and you are not seeing eye to eye on a particular issue. Something is in the air and it isn’t very pleasant. When the waters of emotion were flowing and all was in perfect alignment the world was rosy and happily ever after seemed more real than a fairy tale. But reality has its ups and downs and the nature of relationship is just that…relating. We need to find alignment in our misalignment. There are times when we will see the other’s point of view and perhaps that will cause us to adjust ours. And other times when we see their point of view and choose to stick with ours. This exercise is a lesson in the art of acceptance, of when to choose battles and when to raise the chalice to toast another day. This week choose to work through the challenges with the vision of a perfect union as inspiration.
The Eight of Pentacles is my kind of card. My Taurean nature is comfortable plodding along, working diligently and patiently with attention to details to master skills and accomplish goals. Like the fellow here I can persevere with such intense focus that I lose track of the big picture. This is when it gets into “reversed” territory. Perfectionism can stunt growth and creativity so watch for it. Maybe now is the time to step back and look for answers outside the box. Maybe challenge yourself to pause your routine and evaluate. Are you even enjoying your singular focus and diligent efforts? If not, then perhaps you need to do a little less to enjoy a little more.