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What I See:
Oh, this is a very Earthy image. We see a woman planting a tree, a red cedar according to the book, near a creek. I get a sense of replenishment. Of taking care of our environment for future generations. (Pentacles generally deal with finances so this could be viewed as investing for the future.) Red cedars are long living trees which makes me think of the old saying, “you can’t rush Mother Nature.” They also make excellent building materials which brings to mind shelter, home and hearth, comfort. I think of the Tree of Life too. The roots firmly planted in the soil, protecting the area from erosion. The trunk grows not just in height but width. Then there are the branches reaching for the heavens.
Is it just me, or does the fact she’s planting a seeding feel like a writer’s new shiny? An artist’s idea sprouting?
General Earth element/Pentacles suit:
Please refer back to the Ace of Earth.
Light (upright) Reading:
Slow and steady is the name of the game, think of long-term goals.
- Keywords: Reevaluation, Patience, Persistence, or Planning.
Shadow (upside down or reverse) Reading:
Beware of impatience, slow down and look for pleasure in daily progress.
- Keywords: Failure, Depression, Demoralization, or Self-Pity.
A logging story? A restoration project? A loggers verses environmental activists? Reseeding a forest after a forest fire? Perhaps it’s not a tree but the start of a garden, is she living off the land?
How about a ‘patience is a virtue’ tale? Or a ‘you can’t rush Mother Nature’ story?
Perhaps, the tree represents growth. Maybe your story focuses on a promotion? Or maybe, your MC has “reached a level of success in the world and now has the maturity and self-confidence necessary to explore new territory.”
- Seven Themes: Initiation, Focus, Inner Work, Setting Intentions, or Self-awareness.
Traditionally, this card show a man next to a bush covered in coins. How about a ‘money doesn’t grow on trees’ story? Or perhaps, through careful planning, one can grow their finances.
Trust in your efforts even if you don’t see immediate results.
- Suit Archetype/Feudal Class: Merchants, Business, and Professional class.
Additionally, look up one of the Earth signs (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn) for personality traits.
For more information on the Sevens in general, please refer back to the Seven of Water.
Image: Gaian Tarot by Joanna Powell Colbert from Llewellyn Worldwide