The Ten of Pentacles - Fulfilment in the Tarot
Today's lesson is text only due to tech issues, apologies! Hopefully audio recordings will be back in full swing tomorrow. The Ten of Pentacles is a card about recognising when you have it all.
To give you a bit of context whilst you reflect on your own relationship to the card, here are a few key things to know about the Ten of Pentacles: Tens in the tarot represent the completion of a cycle. Because the Pentacles are the suit associated with the home, family, material comforts, and resources this card is typically read as as a picture of fulfilment and comfort, and a prompt to take note of where you feel most fulfilled in your life at present.
But the card is symbolically dense and you should take some time to consider what it says to you. A few of the symbols from the Rider Waite Smith version of the card worth taking note of are:
The formation of the ten pentacles. In the Rider Waite Smith tarot, the ten coins are arranged in the same layout as the Tree of Life - a spiritual map used byt followers of the Kabbalah. If you choose to bring that element in to your practice, you might consider the ways that the things that fulfil you materially also fulfil you spiritually, on a deeper leve.
The old man huddled on the left side of the card can sometimes blend in to the background, but he can be deeply important element to consider. Because any ten is a car dof completion and therefor retrospection, the old man stands in as a reminder to look back at your life and conider the ways in which you've found comfort and fulfilment.
The illustrated flags on the wall behind the old man double down on the idea of retrospection. These give the effect of postcards and memories - places you've been. Once again, the card is urging you to look back. Several of these flags feature buildings or structures, and since the Pentacles are the suit associated with the home, consider the places that have brought you comfort in your life.
In your tarot journal, you’re asked to reflect on what this card means to you, now, in this moment, and what actions and thoughts it inspires in you. As you journal, pay attention to what you’re personally picking up in the card, but also consider what the key symbols and themes in the card might be telling you. Where are you feeling fulfilled now? Where would you life to pursue deeper fulfilment When was the last time you really reviewed your experiences and found pride in them?
This mini-tarot lesson was brought to you by me, Chelsey Pippin Mizzi, founder of Pip Cards Tarot. I hope you gained a little context to help you continue reflecting on the card in your own way, and I’ll see you tomorrow for another mini-lesson.