I really love the Nine of Pentacles and all it says, but the The Druid Craft Tarot illustration of this card has always fascinated me. You see, the Nine of Pentacles typically shows a lush growing garden and represents growth, culmination, luxury. To be honest, the first time I saw this one it confused me as it wasn’t at all what I was used to seeing in a Nine of Pentacles. However, the more I looked at it the more I fell in love with it!
Here we find a woman standing with a bird next to a budding tree. If you look at the ground you see blooming natural flowers and a wonderful natural lawn enclosed in a stone wall. What I love about this card is that it’s not the well manicured and tended garden we’re used to seeing but rather a very natural space growing free of weeds. While it’s not blooming yet, it will be. This card speaks to a beautiful simplicity.
The message that I find here today is that sometimes in life we need to get back to nature, back to the things that give us life. In our modern society it is so easy to get so caught up in the hustle and bustle and the manufactured unnatural pattern of life we’ve created. When this happens we tend to lose not only our sense of self, but our connection to our source and those things that truly give us life and make us whole. The calling of the Nine of Pentacles here is to find a way back to simplicity. We are all born into a simple way of being. When we can reconnect with nature and reconnect with our inner peace somehow things begin to make more sense again. This certainly isn’t a magical cure-all, but the comfort, self-sufficiency, and luxury that the Nine of Pentacles typically speaks of isn’t possible unless we are able to connect to ourselves and our source.
When meditating on this card today think a bit about your life. In what ways may you need to simplify? Has the wildness of life gotten out of hand? Is it crowding you and choking you? If so, step back. What are the unnecessary weeds in your life that are crowding and choking you? Tend to those weeds. Step into nature, take a moment to ground and center. Once there, you can tend to your garden and allow it to truly grow and thrive!
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