Bohemian Gothic Tarot (Baba Studios, 2007) we get to see one of the Aces, the Ace of Pentacles.
There is definitely an eeriness, but also a hint of humour to this card. A skull and crossbones decorate the spire of a tall building, silhouetted by the moon. Skulls are used in all the pentacle cards, so this gives us a clue to the suit's expression in this deck. It gets down to basics, the fundaments of our very body - you don't get much more material than that - and yet is also creepy, suggesting death by the fleshlessness of these bones. The humour, for me, comes from the "bat signal" feel of the skull and crossbones being projected by the light of the moon :)
This Ace of Pentacles, then, exalts the material - putting it at the top of a tall building - and yet also pulls it down to its fundaments. I'm not sure I see a new beginning here, yet it is a signal to focus on the material, and on life itself. Death will come soon enough, for now, let us enjoy that there is flesh clothing our body, blood in our veins, and breath in our lungs.
I try to appreciate that gift every day, and certainly connect with it through exercise. I would love to make time to go for a walk on the Heath today, too, though I'm not sure that will happen. As for new material beginnings, we're getting a car! I gave my car up back in 2004 when I moved back to the UK, and my Dear One gave his up in 2006 or 2007, but we decided it was time. It should make some things with Big Boy a deal easier, especially when he has a baby brother. Struggling on the tube with two kids sounds like no fun at all. It's been nice to know we weren't polluting the planet with a car, but practicality is taking over now. And I still plan to walk most of the time, it's more for emergencies, like last week when I had to pick Big Boy up from school at very short notice, which was extremely stressful.
I am grateful for being alive.