Today’s card draw in the Discovering the Wild Unknown series is The Wild Unknown 3 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:
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, Kim Krans, 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
The Wild Unknown 3 of Pentacles shows a mountain, tall and seemingly ominous. At the base of the mountain are three Pentacles, each one with a different color circle—each a prime color. They form an upside-down triangle. The Pentacle to the left of the card has a red circle, the Pentacle to the right side of the card has a blue circle, and the bottom Pentacle has a yellow circle.
The Pentacles are connected by colored lines that are actually sticks. The line between the red and blue Pentacles is purple. The stick between the blue and yellow Pentacles is green. The Stick between the red and yellow Pentacles is orange.
The Pentacles themselves seem to be compiled of crossed sticks, three long ones that compile at least two lines of each Pentacle and help to form the triangle.
Below the mountain where the Pentacles are is white. The Mountain itself seems to radiate lightness, though it is still darker toward the mountain top, and the card is at its darkest at the very top of the card, which still, is relatively not terribly dark.
The Rider-Waite depiction of the 3 of Pentacles shows a youth working, with what appears to be a priest and a wealthy woman looking over the plans of the youth’s work. The implication of this card is someone who is learning their skill, but doing so in the public eye, thus somewhat acting as an intern or apprentice. However, that the youth needs the other two who are overseeing the project shows that they can’t do it alone. Thus, there is the indication of teamwork.
The first thing that comes to mind when looing at the Wild Unknown 3 of Pentacles is the difficulty of climbing that mountain. It seems an impossible feat.
When climbing intense mountains like this, one can’t do it alone. There has to be a team that words together to get to the top. The Pentacles at the bottom all work together to form the shape of the triangle. They are the team.
While the Pentacles are all individual, they share a component. They need each other in order to be a Pentacle, and they share in each other’s need. If there wasn’t, say, the bottom Pentacle, then the left and right Pentacles would be lacking the two sticks that are in the bottom Pentacle, and thus would be incomplete.
The shape of the triangle too, I feel is significant. The triangle is the first shape that is formed. With one point there is a just a dot. With a second point, a line can be drawn. With a third point, a shape can be formed. Thus, this isn’t just the first shape, but it’s the almost a novice in the world of shapes. A far sturdier shape is the square, but another Pentacle would have to be added. Thus, I think that the ‘firstness’ of this shape indicates a newby in the world of shape-making.
With all of this, I think that there are three components to this card:
I’ve personally always been focused on the apprenticeship aspect of the 3 of Pentacles, but I feel like this is a step just beyond that. This isn’t just learning the ropes, but working with others who are in similar positions. These Pentacles have learned the ropes enough to act together somewhat independently, but not enough to be the sturdy structure they need to be.
Finally, I think it’ interesting that the Pentacles are built of sticks, which is what the Wands are compiled of. I think that they bring in Wand energy—passion and creative flare. Thus, this isn’t juts learning how to do a new job, but learning to do something that they are passionate about. This is working toward a goal, not just something to pay the bills.
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.
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