|©Ricardo Minetti & Anna Lazzarini|
A man stands in a forest, with leaves and pentacles blowing all around. On his left arm is a hooded falcon, and in the other hand a bunch of grapes. He wears a green robe, loosely belted by a yellow sash, and his black hair blows in the wind. Other than the fact that he is rather gorgeous, I am struck by the fact that the wind is such a strong factor in this card, which would seem more appropriate to the suit of swords. While the grapes suggest abundance, the fact that the pentacles are blowing around in a rather dangerous fashion does not speak of calm or prosperity. Rather, I fear he might be beheaded by one of the flying metal disks! Still, he seems calm in the face of this danger, perhaps certain of his own quick reflexes, honed by years of training.
This is a card I normally adore - that sense of female independence that has been hard-earned appeals to me on many levels. Swapping the genders around is, at first glance, disappointing. Yet, looking deeper at the card, it brings up questions of how men may also feel the need for that supportive sense of their own worth - something it can be easy to forget as a woman in what sometimes seems a very male-centric world. A good reminder, then, that anyone can benefit from being reminded of all they have achieved, or empowered to go out and do what they really want to :)
I am grateful for the reminder that, male, female or anything betwixt and between, we can all benefit from feeling worthwhile.