Five of Pentacles – Rider-Waite-Smith Deck
Halfway through Winter, our first snow of the season has started to fall tonight. Here in the South it usually does not stay on the ground for more than a day or two.
The Five of Pentacles shows two figures struggling to walk through a snowstorm, with the light of a stain glass window illuminating the 5 pentacles. The fives in tarot are about struggle, conflict, loss, change and are midway between the Ace and 10 of the suit.
We started with the opportunity the Ace of Pentacle offered, the balance with the Two of Pentacles, the skill and productivity of the Three of Pentacles, the stewardship with the Four of Pentacles. When we reach the Five of Pentacles, we encounter our first challenge. To be able to move forward to the Six of Pentacles, where there is a sense of generosity and benevolence, we must meet our test. We might be the ones finding ourselves in hardship or it may be someone we know. Sometimes we can be the light for others. If we find ourselves here, we may need to look up to see the light from the window that can give us hope and solutions. As we push through this challenge, we grow in resilience and strength. We are then able to advance to the Six of Pentacles, learning the lesson of being the giver and receiver.
“Hope is the thing with feathers, that perches in the soul, and sings the tune without words, and never stops at all.” – Emily Dickinson