Maat Tarot (Julie Cuccia-Watts, 2006).
In traditional versions of the Seven of Pentacles (Coins) we see someone waiting for plants to grow. Here, this idea is taken several steps further. In the background, people harvest golden fields of wheat. Closer in we see a woman baking bread in an oven, and in the foreground sit both a loaf of fresh bread and a bunch of corn sheaves. Overlaid, we see seven coins, which represent the seven sacred directions of Native American (and pagan) tradition - North, East, South, West, Above, Below, and Within.
What I see here is the process of converting hard work into something not merely financially rewarding, but more deeply nourishing. Part of that is a recognition of the different parts that make up the whole of any system. Another part is about the time and patience that this may require. Finally, Julie also says that it's about the sacredness of everything, work included.
Today, it is my role as part of a family that I see here. My MIL is coming to visit, and so I have been preparing food and organising picnic plans. I will try to remember to enjoy it, and see the sacred even in doing the dishes ;)
I am grateful for the nourishment offered by family.