Thursday, June 12, 2014

Five of Pentacles - Loss

Daedalus is skulking away from his hideout. He has done a terrible thing. Symbolizing the inability to accept the loss of material wealth, social position, and the loss of faith in oneself. This card represents the need to come out of the dark and to not continue to hide from others or from ourselves.

Being so focused on our own problems, can cause us to not be able to see the forest for the trees.  Our sight is obscured, even blinded. We walk alone out of the darkness, but there is light at the end of the tunnel. The brightness of the moon lights the way.
Material things and a sense of self may be lost, but there are spiritual riches to be gained along the road. There is always hope, and many gifts of the spirit.

 I have heard it said, that the Five of Pentacles is the worst card in the deck, but I don't think there is any particular card that is the worst, nor necessarily the best. The cards are the cards. What is important is that we pay attention, and what we decide to do when presented with the message they give us.

 Yes, this card could indicate mistakes made, and opportunities missed. But we can not focus on the negative, or we will not be able to move forward. Regretting the past, and projecting into the future is a useless endevour. We need to focus on the present, forgive ourselves, improve our attitude and circumstance. We can not allow false pride to stop us from asking for help either. These proactive behaviours will free us from the burden of our loss.

Often the person who is the most difficult to forgive, is ourselves.


Ellen said...

I love the quote from Maya Angelou. I agree that forgiving yourself is the hardest. I've let myself down so often and have beaten myself up for it time and again. But thank God that attitude has changed for the better. Learning to live in the present moment has made a huge difference for me
I agree the cards in the tarot aren't all bad or good. its what we read in them that matters

Unknown said...

Thank you for your thoughtful comment Ellen.
Yes I have found myself in the same circumstance where I would more readily forgive others, and not myself. These days, I strive to be my own self-caring, best friend. We sure can be prisoners of our past, God knows I had been, and projecting into the future is usually a disappointment. I once heard it said that the definition of an alcoholic is someone who has to have something to look forward to. That was me, but today I'm very happy to continue to learn how to live and be grateful for being able to live in the present.

Ellen said...

Being my own loving best friend.Yes that was something I had to learn too. But now I love being with myself so much

Unknown said...

When I first heard the statement, re-parenting yourself I was not impressed, and thought that was nuts! I learned to get comfortable with it, but took a while! Glad I was able to keep an open mind!