~ The Wild Unknown 7 of Pentacles ~
Today’s card draw in the Discovering the Wild Unknown series is the 7 of Pentacles.
I want to start off by providing an important notice, which will be included in all of this series. However, other things that will be included that you can skip to are:
- Card Description
- Considering the Card, where I look at how I would interpret certain imagery used
- Traditional Rider-Waite definition
I only include the latter as a comparison, to show how wandering down your own understanding of images and symbols can bring you to a similar meaning, though along a different path with different experiences. This is to help expand knowledge of the card.
I will not, however, be including the definitions from the guidebook, as that is not the point of this. Also, I don’t have rights to that material.
I started this series because I had read that people struggled with the deck purely because the definitions in the Little White Book were very Rider-Waite-based, and that there wasn’t much wisdom regarding the animals and symbolism chosen.
This series is to help you to decipher the meanings yourselves. I am by no means saying what I have to say about the cards are correct for anyone outside myself. However, I am providing my daily journal entries regarding the deck to act as a guide so that you can begin your own journey.
When I started tarot, I had no idea what to write in my journal, and thus didn’t. Instead I obsessively read and re-read the Little White Book belonging to the Spiral Tarot (which is why today I can completely quote the book). I didn’t trust myself to know the cards, even when I could recite the definitions. I was afraid to put the book down.
To this fear of lack of knowledge, the Kim Krans, the creator of The Wild Unknown writes:
You do know enough. You’ve been a person on earth every day since you were born. You’ve experienced all the emotions and situations these cards depict. Quiet the naysayer…don’t let it prevent you from sitting down with a friend (or yourself) and using these cards to help talk about what’s going on in your life. It will be positive. It will be radical. You’ll find things start to reveal themselves through the cards that have been hidden away, covered with dust.pp. 10-11, The Wild Unknown Guidebook
7 of Pentacles Description
The 7 of Pentacles in The Wild Unknown Tarot shows seven pentacles going from the bottom left corner to the top right-hand corner. They are all white-lined with black blank space.
Behind the Pentacles, are lines that go down vertically and meet horizontal lines. They don’t cross, but rather create many corners, in uniform, getting smaller and smaller as they go up toward the top right corner.
The card is entirely black and white.
Traditional Card Meaning
In the Rider-Waite-based decks, an individual who has been working in their garden leans on their rake/hoe, looking at the work they’ve done. Many note that this individual is alone.
The 7 of Pentacles is about hard work, and wither or not your focus is on the right thing. Is your mind on the outcome, or are you too focused on the work itself that you’re losing track of the outcome?
As I mentioned, it’s often noted that the individual doing the work is alone. When we’re workaholics, we tend to put off our social life to focus on what needs to be done. Thus, this card comes with the warning of potential isolation.
What I derive from the 7 of Pentacles
I wonder, when I look at this, in which direction the little boxes are going. Are they getting smaller, or are they getting bigger? When thinking they might be getting smaller, it’s almost like a to-do list, or task getting smaller, lessening. But if they’re getting bigger, what’s the cause? Procrastination? Focusing on the wrong thing?
The Pentacles seem to me almost as if they direct this energy, whether that energy is going up or down. They then are directing the work, and as a result, directing the outcome.
This card seems dull at first, lacking in symbolism to direct the information of the card. But I feel like finding its meaning is the definition of the card. The time you spend with it opens the card up to its meaning. The work you put into it gives way to the residing definition. There is a message about Tarot reading in general in this—you can focus on the end result of knowing all the card names and definitions, but there’s a process to get there, and when you’re in the moment of reading, you still have to do the work and read the card, rather than just recite meanings.
About the Deck
The Wild Unknown Tarot is a 2016 Harper One publication, created by Kim Krans. The deck is widely available at most bookstores who carry Tarot cards, but also on Amazon. Kim Krans always wrote The Wild Unknown Guidebook.