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The Seven of Pentacles; A Time of Harvest


“Sometimes your garden surprises you. You don't remember planting strawberries or mint, but there it is, rising up in the middle of the carrot patch. Maybe the seeds blew in from the neighbor's garden. Or maybe they were buried in the dirt and you unearthed them when you tilled the soil. Or maybe you're reaping what you've sown. However it happened, you now have unexpected bounty. Accept it with gratitude.”

― Lisa Brown Roberts, How (Not) to Fall in Love

The last glimmer of summer lingers on I am not ready to let go yet.

The warm days are so pleasant and from my garden I can see apple and pear trees laden with fruit which serves as a reminder that harvest time is on its way. The reaping of cereals must have already started in the countryside and where once there were buzzing bees we now have the rumble of combine harvesters and the air all thick with dust from the corn and barley.

The harvest festival is traditionally celebrated from the Sunday nearest to harvest full moon which is usually at the equinox, 21st to 23rd September and ends on 29th September which is also known as Michaelmas. This can be traced back to the 5th Century when people would eat geese for financial protection for the year ahead. The word harvest comes from the Olde English, haerfest which means autumn.

I remember with great affection the harvest festival at primary school.

A big table would be set up in the hall and we would bring in food such as bread, eggs and mountains of tinned goods which would be dished out to the elderly and needy within the community. This is what is so rich about this time of year...community. The whole tribe works together to bring in the food which hopefully will fill the barn. This then ensures a time of plenty through the long dark days of winter. These communities would base their foundations on altruism; the village could only expect to survive if everyone shared and I think it is still pretty much the case today.

As I think about the impending harvest time I think of the Seven of Pentacles.

For me, this card represents reaping what was sown. What have we accumulated for our efforts? It shows someone who has picked a hard road for themselves. Life requires input but there are no lucky breaks here, well not immediately anyway. But what it does signify is that with continued focus and hard work the results will be worth it and the rewards will be great. It is worth noting that this card does not necessarily indicate that it pertains exclusively to economic matters but can also indicate a relationship or situation that requires assessing.

Past dealings, ideas and plans are about to come to fruition.

However, it is all in the flow and nothing can be added or taken away, it is as it is and we have to wait and watch. Important developments are afoot which will become manifest in good time. Any personal input could slow the whole process down. Patience and trust are key here.

Another element could be that one is perhaps being too passive about a possible bumper harvest or that the zap has gone out of a project. The fizz may have fallen flat and with that comes uncertainty and doubt. Yet at its heart lies the potential for a transformation that could be both dramatic and meaningful.

The abandonment of a project could be due to resistance.

This feels like the way ahead is blocked. Frustration can be channelled elsewhere perhaps a reflection on past gains and a recognition that things need to mature.

Imagine roots going down into the earth, this gives the idea that a transformation will be deep and bring an awareness of the Great Mother working through us and for us in lots of different levels and ways.

This seven does suggest stability of sorts but this will become greater as you disconnect from all that will distract you and deter you.

A calm and reflective state of being, gentleness and an awareness of the Great Work that is part of your purpose, will propel along the flowing river. You will be inspired by the unfolding of a manifestation which encourages the grasping of all new possibilities.

Own your ability to be in the world; your connection to abundance will show you the magic in life.

A SIMPLE HARVEST SPREAD

  • What have I accomplished?

  • How will this show itself to me?

  • What will I gain from this?

  • Where should I place my energy/will?

  • What is distracting me?

  • What should I do about that?

  • Best foot forward.

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