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Seven of Coins / Pentacles — Spiritual Message of the Day

February 18, 2011

Seven of Coins (Tarot of the Masters)

“Stop a moment, cease your work, and look around you.” — Thomas Carlyle

The mid-nineteenth century painting that inspired the Seven of Coins in my Tarot of the Masters deck (The Man with a Hoe by Jean-François Millet) was seen as a protest of the plight of the peasantry, but also as a tribute to their courage in the face of soul-crushing drudgery and exhausting hard work.  About a half century after it was painted, it inspired a poem of the same name which criticized a social system where the working class did all the labor but did not own the results of their work.  With this in mind, we might also see this card as an indication of uninspiring or unfulfilling work, and for today’s message, it reminded me of an old saying that no one, at the end of his/her life, ever regrets not spending more time at the office.

So the Seven of Pentacles suggests that every now and then we should pause for a moment to reassess the path we have chosen. Are we spending enough time on the things that are truly important in our lives, like being with the ones we love or volunteering time to help those in need? Or are we merely going through the motions of making money? Is it worth it to work our fingers to the bone to have a beautiful home if we’re rarely around to share it with people we love?

These are the kinds of assessment that this card suggests we would do well to consider now and then.

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If you enjoy these words of spiritual advice from the cards, you will love my new Tarot book called The Soul’s Journey: Finding Spiritual Messages in the Tarot.

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