Five of Wheels (Pentacles) -
Buckland Romani Tarot
- First, this is the second time the card has come up in a couple of days
- Someone else has been drawing this card constantly
- I actually got up early this morning and drew the card but didn't have time to do a write up before my appointment started.
- The kicker is this evening when things finally calmed down and I decided to do another draw, I shuffled my deck really, really, really well and guess which card came up? The same one, five of Pentacles.
- This tells me that this message is one that's really trying to get through and probably to more than just one person!
So, let's talk about this particular five of Pentacles because it's a little different than some decks and I think it's really interesting. Instead of people out in the snow we instead have a woman and her two children begging in front of the church. The woman in particular is wearing tattered, faded and clothes that have been mended many times over. She and the girl to her left are looking directly at you, in a plea for sympathy. A bowl is in front of her and she hopes he will put some money in it. However, the girl to her left (your right) is smiling and looks as if she is about to laugh. Despite the hole in her shoe, which she is almost pointing to, she seems to look as if this might be a game. It is entirely possible, that this Romani family begging in front of the church doesn't really need to be begging or are not in the state of despair that they seem. This could be how they're making their money, or supplementing their income.
They are leaning against a very substantial building, a church. When you think of churches you think of charity, spiritual and sometimes physical support. The window has shutters and they are open to let in the light and to show that people are welcome to come in. The wheels in the window are like warm, golden suns. The sky is blue. It's a sunny beautiful day out. The grass is green. These are all elements of hope.
You have several levels to look at here. You can look at it from the position of being affected by poverty (financial, spiritual, health, isolation) and help that you may not see is at hand. Or you can look at it as telling a story of that poverty and refusing to see other options. Or finding a benefit from allowing others to see you as being impoverished in some way.
One of the things I always say, is who do you identify with in the card? What do you feel drawn to? And I think what is really important about this card is it's asking you to examine, what are the stories you are telling yourself and others your financial situation, health, spiritual lack or whatever type of poverty or bad luck you may feel you possess? Are they useful? Are they true? Are you ignoring solutions or are you turning down help? Have you become so invested in wrestling with obstacles that you can't see the solution at hand for getting around through or over them? What is your relationship to money? What is your relationship to success? What are you afraid of when it comes to your spiritual growth? Again, what stories are you telling yourself and others? And what stories are you allowing other people to tell you about these things? Which do you choose despair or hope?