“Why is wisdom so fair? Why is beauty so wise?
Because all else is temporary, while beauty and wisdom are the only real and constant aspects of truth that can be perceived by human means.
And I don't mean the kind of surface beauty that fades with age, or the sort of shallow wisdom that gets lost in platitudes.
True beauty grips your gut and squeezes your lungs, and makes you see with utmost clarity exactly what is before you.
True wisdom then steps in, to interpret, illuminate, and form a life-altering insight.”
― Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration
The 6 of Pentacles (Moon in Taurus) has been one of those cards that has been tough to understand.
It is one of those little gems where one has an epiphany moment and all of a sudden you just kind of get it.
I work and teach with the RWS deck and it is worth unpacking what that particular image means. We are all probably very familiar with it by now! We have a guy with scales in one hand and coins in the other and two people at his feet with outstretched hands.
It would seem that the guy is offering alms to the needy but what is the real connotation?
Let’s first begin by saying that the suit of Pentacles is arguably the most spiritual in the deck. This is certainly in terms of suggesting how we live our physical life and in offering advice on how we can be fulfilled and healthy on all levels.
I love the number 6; it is a gentle number associated with the heart centre. It is also Tiferet in Kabbalah which is the emanation of the Shekinah or the feminine consciousness or more accurately the dwelling of the divine presence. Apparently those born under the number 6 are givers and healers … see, a picture is beginning to form.
Ok, the guy with the scales has been attributed to Thoth and a whole bunch of other cosmic notables but let’s keep it closer to home and suppose that he is the Hierophant. He has put his papal garb on one side and donned his civvies and we can see him doing actual work instead of pontificating to his adoring minions. Our Hierophant is performing a charitable act which in Sufism is called Zakat.
This giving of alms is seen to be done fairly and squarely. This is not necessarily according to his own needs but it could be seen as a gesture from the guy that each receives something, fairly and squarely and of equal amount. The scales ensure this equality but also symbolise balance so there is a sense of maintained harmony and peace.
The 6 of Pentacles reminds me of the biblical story of the loaves and fishes.
In brief, Jesus went to Bethsaida and was followed by 5000 people and they were all were his supporters. I am convinced that there is an esoteric symbolism to 5000 but as yet have to discover it. The disciples saw that the crowd became hungry but only one young boy had any food which consisted of a basket of five barley loaves and two fish.
The meaning can be that hunger requires food and in this case soul food and the boy is the underdeveloped aspect of the seeker. The five loaves are the bread of life, the health and wellbeing of the physical world. The fish are the spiritual aspects but can also be the left and right brain that connect the concept to the linear, the idea to the manifest.
Jesus broke the bread and the fishes and not only was there enough to feed everyone but there were 12 baskets left which could be the zodiac signs in their unusual aspect of the 12 tribes of Israel. Astrotheology is very interesting if you have a moment give it a glance.
Anyway, the upshot of the story is that the 6 of Pentacles asks us to remember our supporters as we go through life.
We are not islands but are completely interdependent on each other. As a Pentacle we are being guided as to the right action in the physical world which not only embodies our physical life but also our spiritual one. The fulfilment comes from having harmony between the two. The merging of the unconscious with the conscious, the ego with the spirit.
So, it is prudent and correct to be fair in all our dealings. One day we might need the kindness of others and how sweet that is when we can reciprocate in kind.
Our wealth is not just our finances but also our ability to be wise and compassionate. We can all make the world go around for each other and it is vital to do so.
When we are fair and just we ensure a karma that will be a reflection of our wisdom which in turn will ensure a rich and meaningful life.
There are many layers to the 6 of Pentacles and this is just one aspect, supporting the supporters. Cast your bread upon the water and it will come back to you. It is an interesting aspect and well worth a moment for reflection.
Next time you draw this card as your card of the day see how acts of kindness come to you and how you might offer a kindness to others.