This is the fourth installment of the series, ‘Ace of Pentacles | Weekly Tarot Card’. You can read the previous installments here:
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Most of the Aces are simplistic, as they are meant to just represent their suit in it’s beginning sphere. However, there are still somethings that give us clues as to the nature of the card.
In the Spiral Tarot and in the Faerie Tarot, there are extravagant birds featured. They are exotic looking birds, one that I can’t say that I can name, and the other being a peahen and peacock in the tree.
While birds in general in the Tarot can represent freedom, I think this is a representation of abundance, as these birds are exotic, and can be found in lavish gardens in estate homes. They are a reminder of the beauty of the natural world.
Also, because of flight, birds also represent the element of Air. This might seem strange to put in a card meaning to represent the essence of Earth, but it is still within the stage of conception. It is the thought forming, the energies at play generating new work, the seed reading to grow. Because of this, there is an element of thought, and thus, the element of Air seeps in.
The suit of Pentacles is an Earth element, and what better to represent the abundance of earth and the potential of growth than a garden or flowers? They are the essence of regeneration, the beauty that comes back each year to fill the world with color and nourishment.
However, in the Rider-Waite deck, the growth is more than just the hedges of the garden itself, but it is the lilies and roses that are under the hand that hold the Coin.
The white lilies represent love and purity, and are the same ones that are found in the Magician. They are a personal growth, the beginning of something new centered around the heart.
In the Thoth Tarot, if you look very closely, in the center of the disk are three more disks and the number 666. In the time of Aleister Crowley, rumors had rendered him the nickname of the most wicked man alive, and thus he adopted the number of the Beast.
However, this isn’t to say that this card has anything at all to do with the Devil, nor of any negative energies. What this representation does have to do with is Crowley’s personal association with the card, much in the way that A. E. Waite dubbed the 10 of Coins as his own and put his sigil in it.
Since the numbers are there, and there is a repetition, the number 6 in the tarot represent harmony, balance and sacrifice, rest and regaining of balance after a difficult time.
Shapes: Pentagon, Heptagram, Decagon and Circles
In the Thoth Tarot, the Disk is a complicated depiction. It is a disk with a decagon in it (10-sided shape), with two pentagons in it, and finally, a heptagram (7-pointed star) inside that. In the very center are three overlapping circles.
In Kabala, the 10th Sephirot is Malkuth, which is represented by the decagon and the two pentagons. Malkuth represents manifestation.
The 7-pointed star represents the number 7, which is seen in many religious texts and in stories. Consider the 7 dwarfs in Snow White, the 7 days of Creation, etc. Numerically, 7 means hard work, discipline, and Truth-Seeking.
The top circle of the small circles in the Ace of Disks is the sun, while the small sliver at the bottom of it is the crescent moon. Below it are two other circles which represent testicles. The combination of the Moon (feminine) and the Son (masculine), reinforced by the testicles, implies the manifestation of new creation, or fertility.
In the Thoth Tarot’s Ace of Disks, there are three sets of wings shown, making six in total. They represent the six direction, North, South, East, West, Up and Down.
Words: Meta Therion
This is Greek and translates to The Great Beast, doubling up on Crowley’s seal on the card, along with his numerological stamp.
The Decks Used
Faerie Tarot by Nathalie Hertz, published by U.S. Games Systems, Inc, 2008. Hertz is a French artist, and the creator of several other beautiful tarot decks. The Faerie Tarot was ‘inspired by the flora and fauna of the French countryside,’ and ‘invites you to see the world in a delightful new way…blending fantasy, whimsy, and nature.’
Impressionist Tarot by Arturo Picca (artist) and Corrine Kenner (author), published by Lo Scarabeo in 2015. This deck takes works of classic impressionist paintings and recreates them to fit the meanings of the tarot. It pulls from works of Edonard Manet, Claude Monet, Pierre Auguste Renoir, Edgar Degas, Vincent van Gough, and Paul Gauguin. A truly beautiful deck, especially for those who have interest in the art world.
Prisma Visions Tarot by James R. Eads, 3rd ed., published in 2016. The deck itself is beautiful, though perhaps not for the beginning tarot reader. The suits all fit together to create a master picture displaying the energy and progression of the suits. The figures and images flow from one card to the next, showing movement within the stationary cards.
Rider-Waite by A. E. Waite. The deck used in these photos is currently out of print. I won’t say much about this deck, as it is fairly standard and probably one of the most produced decks. It serves as a standard for many tarot readers and artists, depicting classic images relating in part to the original playing cards that tarot developed from.
The Spiral Tarot by Kay Steventon. With turn-of-the-20th-century style art, this deck takes from the classic Rider-Waite deck and brings it up to the late 1800-early 1900’s, a time of industry and contemplation for the western world as it moved forward into a more technological era. I am a little biased toward this deck as it’s been my main deck for 15 years. The cards are thick with additional symbolism that can be tricky to pick out of the traditional Rider-Waite, and adds layers of Greek myth throughout the Major Arcana.
Thoth Tarot by Aleister Crowley (designer and author) and Lady Frieda Harris (artist), published by U. S. Games Systems, Inc., in 1978. This deck takes from most esoteric imagery, and requires the reader of the deck to have deep, initiate knowledge of the symbolism used. There is nothing within the cards that is without meaning. However, on a more surface level, the deck draws from Egyptian symbolism and from the style of the Marseille Tarot (mostly seen within the Minor Arcana). For those looking for deeper understandings of the universe, I recommend this deck. I would caution that this deck is highly advanced, and might be avoided for the budding reader.
Vampire Tarot – by Nathalie Hertz, published by U.S. Games Systems, Inc. in 2000. As mentioned above in reference to the Faerie Tarot, Hertze is a French artist who gained her notability through the publication of her tarot decks. The Vampire Tarot was a bestselling deck upon its release, and plays on more gothic symbolism, providing more jarring interpretations to allow for the accepting of negative forces within the world to compliment the positive forces. The deck brings together myths and legends in the form of vampires, which ‘gives tarot readers a macabre passport’ into the world of divination.