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Nine of Pentacles :: Wild Unknown Tarot
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Nine of Pentacles Tarot Card Meanings in the Wild Unknown
Four feathers overlap, forming a diamond shape. In their center, nine pentacles are carefully arranged in the shape of a smaller diamond. This card is the very picture of a comfortable, plentiful nest. Everything is where it belongs, there is a sense of purpose at work. This is no accident – it is the accumulation of the labor that has been built up throughout the suit of pentacles.
The feathers give the card a sense of composure. There’s a sort of quiet dignity at work within this card. It reminds you that there are times when your best approach is to be measured and modest. This isn’t out of self-filtering or a lack of authenticity, but rather as an exercise in self-control.
The card’s background is filled with horizontal lines. Throughout the Wild Unknown tarot, we’ve seen the significance of lines. These horizontal line generally suggest energy that is stable. Building this sense of stability has taken energy, but the effort is worth the sense of comfort that is embodied in this card.
The horizontal background lines lines are colored with red near the perimeter, which gradually fades into orange and then yellow at the center. These are the colors of grounded, earthy energy. They suggest health and vitality; as well as confidence and self-sovereignty.
This card shows the happiness that resides along the positive spectrum in the suit of pentacles. The Nine of Pentacles is sometimes traditionally associated with refinement, good taste and an enjoyment of the finer things in life. As the pentacles are invested in the material realm, this card asks you how you might feel right at home in your flesh, in your environment, in this worldly plane of existence.
It’s worth noting that you get to define for yourself what a comfortable, happy life looks like. Abundance does not have to mean millions of dollars and impeccable possessions. The Nine of Pentacles reminds you that your inner resources (as symbolized by the pentacles residing within the nest) are often even more essential to your well-being than your outer resources.
Nine of Pentacles Tarot Card Meanings in General
In the Waite-Smith tarot, this card shows a human figure in a lush garden. Grapes and vines grow bountifully around her, suggesting she is tapping into all of the abundance available to her. She looks like a dignified woman, someone who pays attention to the finer things in life: delicious food, sensual music, and meaningful art. She has claimed her ability to decide for herself what makes life luxurious, she has given herself the gift of building a life that suits her taste.
A falcon is perched upon her glove hand, showing that she had devoted the time and effort necessary to earn the bird’s trust. This also symbolizes that she has a deep understanding of her own primal nature and is able to be discerning in how she manifests her more unruly energy. Again, this isn’t about repressing aspects of her nature – it’s about cultivating a healthy sense of self-control. The Nine of Pentacles reminds you that self-control is not about self-punishment, self-control can be a healthy and enjoyable art.
In a reading…
This card can ask you to consider your current relationship with your worldly pursuits. Are you satisfied with your living situation? What are you getting from the foods you’re eating? Are you engaging in activities that make you feel vital and capable?
It may also be wise to consider your sense of sovereignty. Are you governing yourself wisely? Are you working effectively with the less savory aspects of your nature? Consider how you might refine the ways that you show up in the world.
Remember that you are (as we all are) a work in progress. Enjoy where you are now, and continuing the fine work of building a life that is just right for you.