Thursday, 8 March 2012
In this version of the Five of Pentacles I see an infinity sign around which five ants trek, coins held in their mouths. The whole thing hangs over what looks like it is either a black and yellow yin-yang sign, or possibly a yellow ladybird. Behind, a starry night sky twinkles gently.
The traditional meaning of going through a time of material hardship does seem traceable here. The ants struggle up and down a track without end, all for the sake of some coins. Yet there is also spiritual redemption there for the taking, if they would release their eternal toil and turn either to the starry sky or to the balance of life offered by the yin-yang.
This card makes me question whether today my daily pursuits will feel worthwhile, or if they will seem like make-work, an unnecessary burden. Should I turn my gaze to something more spiritual? Or perhaps it is the friend we are meeting for lunch: will he tell us tales of woe working for a multinational bank?
I am grateful that my work generally feels emotionally satisfying.