Wild Unknown Tarot today, and I threw the Four of Pentacles and The Star reversed.
The Four of Pentacles (the Sun, the inner core of a person or situation or the deepest self, in Capricorn, “I build,” ambition, authority, caution, cunning) tells of very solid foundations and an awareness of the value of our possessions. The danger here is that once we realize how valuable things have become, we might expend too much energy protecting things and keeping them just as they are right now.
The image on the Wild Unknown Four of Pentacles shows four Pentacles; each Pentacle is connected to the others by belts or straps. We can almost hear the hum of those belts as they turn, creating lots of energy but only allowing each Pentacle to turn in one direction, in only certain ways. I can feel the benefits of the energy of this card, but I can also feel that the restrictive nature of the devices does not allow things to grow or evolve. This card is about valuing the things we have right now, and protecting them to the point that they are stifled. Keeping things as they are, holding tightly to those possessions we value, prevents us from using them to create new things. That holding tightly is well and good for a little bit; it allows us to gather ourselves in order to take the next leap. But the support offered by structure and a strong foundation can just as easily grow into a prison.
The Star (Air, hot/separates and wet/adapts; Aquarius, “I know,” friendships, cause-oriented, the group, aloofness; Tzaddi, fishhook; the Path between Malkuth, the physical world of action and outer, physical reality, and Netzach, the stimulating factors of emotion and inspiration) is the “good will to all” card, and while it can hint at some unexpected darkness, it also reminds us that things will turn out okay in the end. The Star reminds us to have faith, for while it may seem to be the darkest night, the dawn is just beyond the horizon, and it is in the dark sky that Stars can really shine.
The Wild Unknown Star card image is simple: a rainbow colored five-pointed star, set in a dark sky sprinkled with other, less unusual yet still beautiful stars. The colors on this Star are lovely and pure, and they make me feel as if this Star is an omen predicting the possibility of good things to come. A silent omen, silent as the night sky, dark and velvety; subtle and silent, yet powerful still. What message does this rainbow colored Star bring? It brings that first glimpse of hope. Believe in beauty, The Star says as she glistens with the colors of a rainbow, believe in purity, believe in goodness. And those are the things you shall receive.
The suit of Pentacles is more about following proven rules than experiencing the unknown, and today I may be more attracted to stability than new experiences. However, that stability, as desirable and safe as it is, is not necessarily what I need right now. Building walls and a ceiling to protect me will not allow me to see the beautiful night sky or the ivory light of the waning moon. Sticking to the rules and only working with known experiences that offer predictable results won’t bring the spiritual high of an Aha! Moment or that elusive Glimpse of the Machinery of the Universe. I need to remember that physical things are in the end not as important as they may seem today.