Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Pentacles - The Fruits of Harvest

Sharman Caselli Tarot Deck 
If you have just arrived from Joanna's sparkling Sun Goddess Tarot blog as part of the Tarot Blog Hop series - welcome! You will find a link at the end of this post to continue your ride on the Lammas Blog Hop Train, and I hope you will enjoy each contribution to today's topic: 

Pentacles - The Fruits of Harvest

On the first day of August, the Pagan community is celebrating the festival of Lammas to mark the time of the wheat harvest. But high summer offers more than just harvesting wheat; fruit and vegetables should all be plentiful at this time of year.

The suit of Pentacles represents fertility, growth, nature, sustenance and hard work, and the Nine of Pentacles is the card that speaks to me the most to mark the summer harvest this year.

The card shown here depicts a woman surrounded by an abundant crop of grapes in her garden. The castle in the background, her beautiful dress and the bird of prey on her hand symbolise her wealth and status. She is enjoying a quiet moment amongst her harvest, and perhaps for all of us, this is a time to appreciate what we have achieved so far.

The Nine of Pentacles symbolises Abundance. Now is a good time to focus on what we have rather than on what we are missing. Let us also recognise our potential and possibilities before us.

On a personal note, I have been on a journey of change since February this year. Inspirational business coaching has affected my professional work in a profound and exhilarating way, which also had a positive impact on my private life. The gradual transformation my Tarot business has undergone over the recent months is now starting to offer some rewards. My head is still buzzing with ideas, and there is still a long way to go, but now is a good time to take a deep breath and pause for some appreciation and reflection.

I have drawn three cards to give me an idea of where I am now and where my next step may lead to:

Present situation: Three of Pentacles - Next step: Page of Wands - Result: The Magician (Sharman Caselli Tarot)

I'm not intending to bore you with a lengthy interpretation of these cards. Let me show you instead my own version of the Nine of Pentacles, exclusively designed for this post:

Tarot of Quotes
The blackcurrants in my garden are ready for harvesting; this year we've got loads, and they will be turned into some yummy jam tomorrow.

Whilst searching for a suitable quote, I've come across a few, which offer us all some tips on how to achieve our goals and reap a fruitful harvest:

"We must give more in order to get more. It is the generous giving of ourselves that produces the generous harvest.”
- Orison Swett Marden


“Even after a bad harvest there must be sowing.”
- Seneca


“He that has a good harvest must be content with a few thistles” 
- Spanish Proverb

“If you wait until the wind and the weather are just right, you will never plant anything and never harvest anything.”
- Bible

 What is your harvest like at this time of year? What is your next step to take you closer to where you want to be? 

Now it's time for you to move on to Alison's wonderful Games of Thrones blog for more Lammas/harvest musings. 

Before you go, you may wish to subscribe to my blog via RSS or email. It would be lovely to see you again! 


Cosmic Blessings,

Christiane 



26 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing, Christiane! Counting our blessings is so important and so many of us take what we have for granted...so this is an excellent reminder. :)

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    1. Very true, John. And in the moment we count our blessings, we get a little boost of much sought after happiness, too ;) Thank you for stopping by ;)

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  2. Love the quotes. I am a collector so I scooped them right up. :D

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    1. Haha...we're both suckers for quotes ;)

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  3. Hey, Nine of Pentacles! Great choice. :) (And I for one would not have been bored to read your interpretation of your cards. xx)

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    1. Hehe...I still have to overcome the fear of boring people with card interpretations about myself...nice to know you'd be interested, Carla ;) I thought it would be more fun for people to make up their own minds ;)

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  4. That's a fabulous card, Christiane! So glad to hear, too, that things are going well for you and that you are brimming with Page of Wands enthusiam :)

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    1. Thank you, Kerry! It's not all rosy here, and I still have a way to go, but at least it's feeling good and fun and magick! ;)

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  5. Love the Nine of Pentacles in this deck, with her traditional vineyard and hawk. A toast to the lady, and also to your new ventures. Looks like lots of great potentials manifesting in that 3-card draw.

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    1. Thank you, Joanne. I was pleased with those cards drawn...I now just need to keep riding on those energies ;)

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  6. 9 of Pents is by far and away the most popular card on this blog hop!

    And beautiful card that you have designed yourself - the deck is really taking shape!

    Ali x

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    1. Thank you, Ali. My plan is to complete the Majors first..The Minors are a distant project altogether, and I've created the 9/Pentacles just for this post ;) More Majors will be published soon!

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  7. Love the 9 of Pents and black currants to be made into yummy jam. Add The Magician up there, and your great tone of voice here, and there is a real abundance of abundance in your post and life. Cheers to your further inspiration and buzzing ideas pollinating all your idea-flowers.

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    1. Wow! Jordan, I feel your words have added even more Magick to my projects and ideas. Thank you so much ;)

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  8. We chose the same card from the same deck! Great to see your own card too - looking forward to seeing more of the deck!

    Alison x

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    1. Yes, it's a coincidence we chose the same card of the same deck, and I really enjoyed your take of it ;) x

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  9. Blackcurrant Jam, sounds yummy!

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    1. Making it today! Busy afternoon ahead ;)

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  10. Hi Cosmic Faery

    What a lovely, inspirational blog for the first harvest.

    Your idea of posting a personal image was very clever and I particularly enjoyed looking at it while reflecting on your words.

    Brightest Blessings - FS x

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    1. Thank you for your encouraging words, FS ;) Cosmic Blessings, to you x

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  11. I love the quotations, and the personal reading. Beautiful!

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    1. Thank you, Christiana. Great to see you here;)

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  12. Work leads to harvest, giving leads to receiving...the mysteries of the Universe unfurl for us when we pay listen and act in flow with it.

    Thank you for this lovely post and your lovely image. Are you designing a new deck?

    Hugs and butterflies,
    ~Teresa~

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    1. Giving and receiving is indeed the magickal flow of life and the universe ;)

      Thanks for stopping by, Teresa, and yes, I'm designing my own Tarot deck, the Tarot of Quotes:

      http://www.cosmictarot.co.uk/gallery/tarot-of-quotes/

      Christiane

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  13. Nice post and very timely for me to read. Although, I'm here over a month after you wrote it. :-) Focusing on what I have and not what's missing, and learning that success takes hard work are kind of the theme of my life right now. lol

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    1. Lovely to meet you, Siddaleah ;) Glad to know this post resonates with you. Its message is about taking stock in a positive way, so you can build on that with confidence. Hope all will work out well with you. Thank you for stopping by ;)

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