As I shuffled the cards to select this week's Intuitive Tuesday tarot card, I said, "Tell me what messages I need to bring to my readers this week." I selected the Ace of Pentacles (reversed) from the Gateway to the Divine Tarot deck by Ciro Marchetti.
Aces in the tarot deck typically signify the beginning of a cycle (an adventure, a situation, etc.) Pentacles have to do with the material or financial aspects of your life, education or training, and/or your body or health.
The easiest way to interpret a tarot card in its reversed position is to think about the energy being blocked, delayed or completely opposite of its upright meaning.
So, for example, if the Ace of Pentacles symbolizes a strong financial foundation; the reversed card could mean that your financial foundations are flawed, or possibly that you are struggling with money, etc.
If the Ace of Pentacles is referring to a successful venture, perhaps the card is reversed because it is taking longer than you had planned to get your new enterprise off the ground.
Just like with any tarot card (upright or reversed), how you determine the card's meaning is by tuning into your intuition and hearing/seeing/feeling/sensing what messages are there for you.
And remember, Aces are Pip cards (Minor Arcana), which means they deal with day-to-day situations, not the life-long, spiritual lessons of the Major Arcana cards (The Fool, Chariot, Moon, etc.)...which means that the situation today is real and possibly feels annoying, but it probably won't be disastrous.
Possibly reading this far into the post, you know exactly what your Ace of Pentacles (reversed) energy is all about. Don't panic. Worrying about it doesn't change a thing.
Sometimes when I face a frustrating situation, I go into "planning mode" to try to control what's happening. Even though I feel more "in charge," I'm really not, and it can be exhausting. The excuse is that the planning gives me something to do while I wait for the situation to unfold, but my preoccupation can keep me out of the flow of life.
Think back to a time when you faced a similar Ace of Pentacles (reversed) situation (tight finances, late-paying clients, low physical energy, etc.). What happened last time? Did it help to spend time worrying, planning, obsessing?
There may have been things that you learned through the past situation that you can apply here. Looking back at the past situation can give you clues to handle what's happening now and how to best handle it.
If you have an Ace of Pentacles (reversed) situation happening, notice it, acknowledge it, feel your feelings about it...and then, if possible, apply what you learned last time. Let it go. Breathe through it and know that the reversed energy with right itself and you will move on.
This quote from Eckhart Tolle's book, The Power of Now, hit home for me this morning:
Are you worried? Do you have many "what if" thoughts? Are you identified with your mind, which is projecting itself into an imaginary future situation and creating fear. There is no way that you can cope with such a situation, because it doesn't exist. It's a mental phantom. You can stop this health- and life-corroding insanity simply by acknowledging the present moment.
Become aware of your breathing. Feel the air flowing in and out of your body. Feel your inner energy field. All that you ever have to deal with, cope with, in real life -- as opposed to imaginary mind projections -- is this moment. Ask yourself what "problem" you have right now, not next year, tomorrow, or five minutes from now. What is wrong with this moment? You can always cope with the Now, but you can never cope with the future -- nor do you have to. The answer, the strength, the right action or the resource will be there when you need it, not before, not after. (page 70-71)
Although the Ace of Pentacles (reversed) situation may feel all-encompassing now, the tarot cards remind us that this is just one step of the cycle. Things will move forward and you will handle it.
You always have and you always will.
The question is, how much force do you want to apply and energy do you want to expend as it all unfolds in Divine Order?