7 of Pentacles – Your Hard Work Pays Off!
“Without labour, nothing prospers.” — Sophocles, Greek Philosopher
The suit of Pentacles (also known as “Coins,” “Discs,” or “Money”) represents the material world: possessions, finance, money and, especially in this case, work. Pentacles relate to other kinds of “work,” too – studying, working on a relationship, or developing a part of your life, your spirituality, or a hobby.
Seven, of course, is the traditional “lucky number.” In the Tarot, sevens have to do with finding a purpose and succeeding.
In both the traditional Rider-Waite deck and the colourful Morgan-Greer Tarot, the Seven of Pentacles shows a gardener. His plants have borne fruit. Seven golden circles with stars inside them bloom on the vine.
Obviously, then, this card represents rewards for hard work. In Rider-Waite, the man stares at the foliage in contemplation, so the card also means assessment and evaluation.
He asks you to take stock of your situation. Has your hard work paid off, whether in terms of a career, hobby, relationship, or connection with a higher power? If so, think about how you can apply the same principles elsewhere.
If your hard work hasn’t paid off, ask why. What could you have done differently? Is it time to move on? Is it time to stop giving so much in a relationship, or change your field of study, or look for a new career? The card asks you to consider changing directions.
But if you’re in the middle of your project, keep going! The gardener didn’t give up when his seeds failed to sprout after a few days. He worked daily with a long-term goal in mind.
And if you are succeeding, don’t spend too long “leaning on your shovel,” as the gardener in the Rider-Waite deck is doing. Feel good about yourself, of course. But don’t rest on your laurels. A happy new project is probably right around the corner!
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