Nine of Pentacles


A woman stands amid a vineyard of grapes. Six Pentacles rest by her right hand, while three are to her left. A hooded falcon rests upon her gloved left hand. The pattern embroidered into her long gown is the astrological sign of Venus. A castle is visible on the far horizon.

We have nearly reached the end of our royal road, and we are nearing the gates of Eden. Because of this, who else should we expect to greet us today but the Shekinah, the Spirit of God in the world?

There is nothing that is not beautiful in this garden. The vines are thick with grapes ready to be turned into wine. Two trees, one on each side of her, represent the harmonious balance of opposites. The Pentacles are divided into clusters of six and three, which correspond to the Garden and our host’s loving nature:

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The falcon in the wild is a cunning predator, but hooded and tamed, it uses its skills solely in the service of its lord and master. In the same fashion, the gift of love can tame our more savage instincts, and impart upon us a desire to help others in the service of our Lord and Master.

In our personal lives, we can find this garden in the world of the dream, which corresponds to the number 9, the number of the moon and the unconscious mind. We simply need to learn to train our unconscious—to smoothen its animalistic “rough edges”—and we too can receive the gift of miracles: In this case, the realization that the spirit of God exists in all of us, and that our reunion with the Divine is also a reunion with our Selves—that element of pure spirit we were forced to relinquish when we emerged from the womb and into the light of this world.

Meanings in a reading can include: Pleasure in all of its most exalted aspects, the intoxicating power of love, “soothing the savage beast”, the gift of miracles, and dreams come true; but also needless sacrifice, feelings of loneliness, animal lusts untamed, and dreams dashed. We can use the wealth we have been given—be it of matter, of spirit, or both—and share it with our brothers, as Christ shared the sacramental wine with His disciples; or we can use our wealth solely to further enrich ourselves. The Holy Spirit would have us only act out love, not of selfishness; nothing was asked from us when we were given these gifts, neither should we ask in return.

Dante DiMatteo

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