Today’s card is the Eight of Earth (Pentacles), also known as Skill. This correspondence is in line with more traditional tarot decks and is the base of the Minor Arcana. Earth rules over home, hearth, and family, job, finance, and prosperity, and physical health and well being, birth, death, and rebirth. While all other Elements are at play in this process, our journey must be based on solid footing, on roots firmly placed in the Mother, if we are to grow and be healthy.
The keywords of this card are Harvesting, Ideas, Projects, and Being Centered. In it, we see the face of a beautiful water/woman softly merging with a streams that flows through the scene. Another woman can be seen emerging from the grassy river bank. A third woman, clothed in white and with silver hair floating in the breeze, sits next to the water, a harp at her side. A harpist is a person of intelligence and skill, and this image signifies a bridge to Otherworldly Knowledge. On the woman’s hand sits a wren; the wren is considered the ‘King of Birds’ in Ireland and is thought to be a sacred bird and a divine messenger. Two more wrens can be seen in the think branches of the willow tree that stands behind the woman. The willow represents fertility, the rebirth of spring, lunar scythes, and flexibility. In fact, salicylic acid (aspirin) has been made from the leaves and bark of the willow tree for thousands of years before the pill form was available in your local drug store. The willow branches touch the water’s surface, tying the elements together. A beaver works near the woman, not disturbed by her presence or music but rather working in tandem with her rhythm as he constructs his dam.
This card indicates that the state of consciousness is centered.There is no longer a need to swing back and forth between polarities. The value of remaining in a neutral creative state of being, where you operate from a place of centeredness and order. Now is a time for building and engineering positive patterns, harvesting the benefits of mastering an artistic skill such as music, writing, or painting. Be thorough, paying extra attention to every little detail. Instead of pushing things through or forcing a pattern into place, take a step back and use your organizational skills to move toward what works and away from what doesn’t. This is also a card of skill in business and the relative arts; there is a possibility that employment, apprenticeship, or a new association could be on the horizon.
May you be blessed today with the rewards that all your unique skills have earned you!