Thoughts on the Ace of Pentacles–Tarot Perspectives

Yeah, finally posted on draw from the actual week! 🙂

My draw for August 15 was the Ace of Pentacles–reversed.

Ace of Pentacles, tarot cards by Phillip Carr-Gomm, Llewelly, and US Games; photo by Juli D. Revezzo
Aces of Pentacles, (LtoR) Druid Craft Tarot, by Phillip Carr-Gomm; the Llewellyn Tarot copyright Llewellyn, and The Smith-Waite Tarot deck, copyright USGames.

I’m still learning the ins and outs of the decks (even having been studying for months), and so if this is elementary for some of you, I apologize. Call them notes for my later use (or for other newbies to the tarot)! Anyway Aces (from what I’ve read) are “beginnings”. So, I am trying to be a good tarot student and understand reversed cards. So logically, the reversed Ace of Pentacles probably means the opposite of the usual meaning “the beginning of a profitable endeavor”. So, the end of one?*

Taking a look at these cards in my other decks, I see the poppies Anne-Marie Ferguson chose in the Llewellyn deck replaced by a rose gateway (in the Smith-Waite Centennial Deck ), whereas Will Worthington chose a stone dolmen for his depiction in the Druid Craft Tarot deck. Oddly, to me (and it might be my intuitive sense here) rather than seeing things in beginning stages, here, all three cards seem to give off a sense of things long begun before the outsider comes upon the scene (or long after she’s gone). For instance, see how well the garden’s growing in the Smith-Waite deck? Take it from a gardener who tends to fail more often than succeed that ain’t easy (yet, conversely, the experts tend to think if humans weren’t around to tend vegetation it’d go wild. so, ending does apply there. Have you ever seen the documentary Life After People? FYI I love that SF Author David Brin was involved in that show… Yeah, go check that out, I’ll wait. But, I digress….)

Getting back to the tarot cards and away from videos to inspire future stories/authors, the bear in the Druid Craft tarot deck keeps my attention. Why is he there? The fantasy writer in me wonders, is he a shapeshifter? Did he go into the dolmen so no one could witness his transformation?  🙂 Or, the boring side of me thinks maybe he’s *just* a bear interrupted in the middle of, or emerging from, his hibernation. All still speaks of things in the middle of a cycle, somehow. 

I must admit on first seeing this card a few months ago, I was a little puzzled by the bear because the bear, to me, always made me think of Artemis and the Athenian goddess Callisto who was raped by Zeus, and in a very odd twist, the rape pissed off Artemis and Hera. Artemis threw Callisto out of her group and the jealous Hera turned the poor nymph into a bear. (Um…. yes, those Athenian writers were a little backward.)

So what’s she doing in a deck dedicated to the druids? I know, I know. I could be wrong, but I do see some historical parallels. (Readers who’ve followed me around the blogosphere know I love this kind of thing, right? :)) Well, for one thing, both the Romans and the Greeks occupied Celtic territory, at one time or another (or the Celts invaded their territory, however you want to look at it and whatever area of the world you happen to be discussing), so some blending of the mythologies is to be expected. A little more research turned up some sources that say the mother bear was venerated in northern Britain as a fierce protector. So that suggests keeping a close/fierce eye on that budding endeavor/inspiration and so can fit into that beginning stage.

And, gods know, I’m always looking ahead to start the next thing. 🙂 *eyes pile of works in progress*

On the other hand, the card (reversed) could mean something mundane and cautionary like be careful with ye ole finances? That doesn’t sound good either, but it’s possible.

*For other new students I’ve run across quite a few ways to read reversed cards, this is just the first one that always seems to jump to mind for me.

So, those are my perspectives on this card, circa August 15th. What are your thoughts on the Ace of Pentacles?


Juli D. Revezzo is the author of the Antique Magic paranormal series and the Celtic Stewards Chronicles fantasy romance series, as well as the Steampunk romance Watchmaker’s Heart. Her books are available at Amazon and elsewhere.