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What does the Six of Pentacles mean?

April 14, 2015

Six of Coins -- Tarot of the Masters

Today’s pithy meaning is a rather thought-provoking one that takes the Six of Pentacles into some interesting territory.  Here it is:

Charity is too “vertical.” Think of it as solidarity instead.

Note: the full quote which inspired this pithy meaning is the following:

“I don’t believe in charity. I believe in solidarity. Charity is so vertical. It goes from the top to the bottom. Solidarity is horizontal. It respects the other person. I have a lot to learn from other people.” — Eduardo Galeano

This questions our concepts of charity, which we sometimes see in a rather condescending way.  Perhaps instead of seeing charity as giving something to someone, it should be seen in the broader context of sharing with other people. And one of the things we get in that sharing is the opportunity to explore and exercise our divine nature of helping other people.  And maybe we shouldn’t even call it “charity” at all; it’s just compassionate sharing.  For example, does a parent consider it charity when they provide for the needs of their children?  When we expand our concept of “family” to include the whole human race, we will stop thinking of it as “charity” and see it as Eduardo Galeano does — as solidarity.

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