Seven of Pentacles
My self-study of Tarot continues with the Seven of Pentacles. Or, as I just heard, “Labor.”
Hard work; return on investment; productivity; witnessing results of efforts made; nurturing something of value; “She Works Hard for the Money”.
Pentacles, vines, leaves, soil, spade, hills and mountains.
The spade feels very symbolic of the overall “statement” of this card. It’s both the tool used to perform the work, and it provides a source of support.
Gold, green, white, blue, rust, brown, purple.
It’s the rusty tone of the tunic that seems “in keeping” with the sacral chakra – in a very earthy way. It feels like this work – hard as it may be – could be termed a “passion project.”
What the Guide Says About the Seven of Pentacles
“A young man, leaning on his staff, looks intently at seven pentacles attached to a clump of greenery on his right. One would say that these were his treasures and that his heart was there.
“Divinatory Meanings: These are exceedingly contradictory, in the main, it is a card of money, business, barter – but one reading gives altercation, quarrel, and another innocence, ingenuity, purgation. Reversed: Anxiety about money.”
Purgation meaning: the purification or cleansing of someone or something.
Hmm… I definitely vibe with money, business and barter and can see how the reversed meaning fits. The rest seems out of left field. (That said, remember that the meaning as it comes in a specific reading can be unrelated to any “usual” meaning, depending on the person and situation.)
What We Say About the Seven of Pentacles
Creation exchanges for manifestation.
Opening of fruits after labor.
Correlation with entrepreneurship and cottage industry.
Permitting pleasure and pride with one’s accomplishments.
Ground-breaking work and results.
Satisfaction and groundedness through the security of growth through sweat equity.
Reap what is sown.
I Might Ask a Client…
“What part of your work may be the most draining and yet the most satisfying?”
“How might you turn a passion project into a source of income?”
What comes up for you around this card?