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Nine of Pentacles — Spiritual Message of the Day

August 31, 2013

“Most of the luxuries, and many of the so-called comforts of life, are not only not indispensable, but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind.” — Thoreau

In New Age philosophy there is a lot of talk about creating abundance and bringing prosperity into your life. This seems quite materialistic, but that is only if we confuse abundance with riches, the latter being a matter of material things while the former is not necessarily so.

Recently, this card reminded me of Thoreau’s experiences at Walden Pond, a discussion of which can reveal a lot about the difference between riches and abundance. Thoreau spent two years at Walden Pond living a very simple life, but his account of that time in his book, Walden, indicates that he never felt poor there; he always felt abundant. In fact, his experiences there illustrate that what we need materially are just the necessities of life such as sustenance (food and water), shelter, clothing, and fuel. His writing also says that returning to such simplicity and being self-sufficient in it allows us to find a deep serenity that an attachment to material wealth usually does not. After all, is it not true that people of great wealth go to extraordinary lengths to guard, maintain, and increase their material wealth, almost as if they are experiencing a delusional fear of scarcity and poverty. Where is the peace and serenity in that?

Thus we see that abundance is having what you need versus everything you want. It is a state of mind more than the state of your bank account. And it is about creating things for the world rather than about hoarding things for yourself.

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

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