Ten of Pentacles with The Moon

Quantum Tarot (1.0) by Kay Stopforth and Chris Butler
Quantum Tarot (1.0) by Kay Stopforth and Chris Butler

A couple of days ago my coworkers were having that old chestnut conversation at lunch around the question “What would you do if you won the lottery?”. The invariable answers that follow these questions seem to be of the same strains, involving leviathan real estate acquisitions, leer jet wanderlust, Wall Street wizardry, and maintaining a level of sun-soaked alcoholism on tropical beaches.

These conversations often echo the theme of indulgence, of socially sanctioned excess that is heralded by the lottery list wishmakers. Money or wealth or income or whatever we want to call it is the one type of energy that seems to be exempt from crossing into the realm of a reasonable limit. “You can never have too much money” is often stated with a twinkly eye followed by its impending wink.

Why is it we glorify wealth, applauding the notion of having an amount of money tantamount to reaching the copious levels of Scrooge McDuck’s rolling hills of doubloons? Simply because it signifies a cornucopia of means, an endless wellspring of security. It is the score of mattresses and featherbeds to insulate us from ever having to feel the pesky poke of the pea.

At some point we bought into the fairy tale of wealth being equivalent to happily ever after. It’s as if we sincerely believe we can inoculate ourselves from the most devastating life events if we have a level of financial means that scales beyond what we would need to meet our every possibly desire. Yet we watch the king’s horses and men standing around Humpty Dumpty with platinum cards and congressional connections extended while the doctor is apologizing as there is nothing more they can do for that egg. Their money is no good here.

The next time we find ourselves slapping a 50 dollar bill on the counter of the convenience store and asking for lottery tickets and no change, it’s a great opportunity to ask ourselves what we are afraid of in our current living situation? What is so compelling about “living the good life” that implies our circumstance is not so good? Simply put, if we wish upon a fat stack of cash to counter our fear of having to grind through daily living, we will be surprised to find that life’s hardships cannot be bribed. We will simply carry those fears that drive us to attempt to precognize the most fortunate set of six numbers on a slip of paper into our newly reached status of “well off”. Our acquisition will only serve to magnify our fears to match the level of wealth we have attained.

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David Dear

David Dear suddenly became interested in the exploration of metaphysics shortly after the Harmonic Convergence of 1987. Over the next 25 years he became proficient in reading Tarot and astrological natal charts, learned past life regression and Thought Field Therapy, and became attuned in Chios and is a Usui Reiki master. David has the innate ability to perceive aspects of reality on a multidimensional level and is naturally telepathic. He has a bachelor's degree in metaphysical theology and is an ordained metaphysical minister and licensed metaphysical practitioner. David currently lives in Tacoma, Washington with his wife/best friend, two dogs and one cat.

2 thoughts on “Ten of Pentacles with The Moon”

  1. I have to disagree. I was born into wealth and subsequently booted out of it at a young age when my parents divorced. Since then, my life has been up and down, going through times of abject poverty to doing reasonably well for myself.

    Because I’ve experienced many hardships and am now just used to them I can’t imagine anything worse coming about should I win a windfall. A bountiful financial windfall would only serve to boost my strength, resolve and ability when faced with a hardship. Being in dire straits is awful, being in dire straits with a huge financial cushion behind you is arguably much better. I don’t understand this notion of money not being a comfort or a good thing. Money is not bad, greed and malice is. If the wealth is obtained in a manner that doesn’t cause harm to others then what is the problem here? I would also add that when one is not financially plush, your ability to help others is diminished, so there’s that.

    Why do we glorify wealth? Well isn’t it obvious? For the most part, when you compare a poor person’s demeanor to a wealthy one’s, the polarity is astounding. Wealthy people are calm, cool, confident. Poor people are anxious, desperate, jumpy. Wealth imparts security, like a solid friend in your corner helping you weather storms. Will money bring back someone dear to you? No, but it will help you pay bills and perhaps take a needed break while you’re grieving. Will money help you if your health is poor? Arguably, yes. Having more money gives you access to a much higher standard of care in hospitals and the ability to afford necessary procedure and medications. Wealth imparts freedom. Wealth imparts options. If you’re happy being imprisoned in your pious little cocoon of modesty then congratulations, you’re a better person (perhaps a little deluded) than I.

    Again, having been wealthy and then not, I will easily say that I would take outrageous riches over poverty any day of the year. I’ve just received the Moon and 10 of Pentacles in a reading and I truly hope and trust it means a radical positive financial change in my life.

    1. Thank you for your candid response, it is greatly appreciated. 🙂

      Like you, I have experienced long periods of poverty in my life. Unlike you, I have never been in a position of having lived a wealthy lifestyle, so I cannot speak to that experience.

      I agree with you that I would much prefer my current station in life (smack-dab center of middle class) than the station of living hand-to-mouth as I once did. I also agree with your statement that money is not in and of itself bad.

      At no point was my intention to vilify the impoverished. My intention in this post was in questioning wealth as a legitimate magic-wand panacea for unhappiness. If the core of a person is unhappy, no amount of money will resolve it. They will simply transfer their unhappiness with their financial woes to ones that have no monetary basis. I have met people that had so very little and I could not understand how they emanated so much joy, yet they did.

      I am in the happiest place I have ever been in my entire life in my middle class status. I actually at one time made nearly twice the income I make now and was quite unhappy. I suppose I am happy in my pious little cocoon of modesty. I am most certainly not any better a person than you, I assure you. Like you said, perhaps a bit deluded; then again, maybe ignorance truly is bliss? 😉

      Thanks again for the forthright feedback. It is always refreshing to have my predisposed perspective challenged in a healthy way. It’s what helps me to grow as a person.

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