Tarot Post – Three of Pentacles

Three of Pentacles (Work / Art)


Three of PentaclesThree of Pentacles (Revised) by G A Rosenberg


He Perfects his art.

Realizing inner visions

he then manifests


So hard I’ve worked
to learn my craft
endless hours where every mistake possible was made
Now the show
the lights, the glow
the people coming around to see
what new masterpiece the artist has designed
Yet still the art
flows through
and a new creation awaits


Story: The cabinet maker had spent years as an apprentice learning his trade. As a journeyman, he perfected it learning what artistic flourishes to put in and how to make function flow into a form that both utilized space and was pleasing to the eye. Now he was a master and people came from miles around to be wait-listed for his next project. Today tho, his work was to be shown as if for the first time. Never was any contract more important. The princess strode in and looked regally upon his newest creation. He held his breath as she inspected his work. He had spend weeks on this, wanting it to be perfect but knowing that it would mean nothing if she was displeased. Her eyes lit up. “I love this dollhouse daddy, thank you, it’s beautiful”. “You’re welcome princess”, he said and hugged her tightly.


In the tarot  the suit of Pentacles refers to the element of Earth and of practical matters such as work and partnerships of a business nature and of the home. They can also represent nature, the Earth itself.  Threes deal with maturity, accomplishment and transmission of the energy involved. In the three of Pentacles, that transmission of practical energy is work accomplished or having something to show for it. Any piece of art or craftsmanship not only reflects the work put into it but the work ,  learning and time that has gone into everything the artist or craftsman has ever done before. It used to feel strange to me that some of the art that had taken me the least amount of time to do gets some of the best responses from people. Until my partner said to me, “Did it take two hours or did it take fifty years?”


Astrological Correspondence – Mars in Capricorn – This energy is very goal-oriented.  Hard work is done willingly in pursuit of something that needs to be accomplished. This involves concentration and order in a creative fashion.


I Ching Correspondence – 13) Tung Jên “Fellowship with Men</h4>
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The trigram of Heaven is over that of Flame.  The one weak line among the five strong shows flexibility within a strong order. In fellowship, there is great benefit if within a system, there can be some willingness to yield either for a better vision or to allow some creativity to show through.


In a reading the Three of Pentacles can refer to a time of learning and hard work paying off. It can denote recognition of effort and a feeling of accomplishment.


When it shows up reversed in a reading, it can represent a finished work that is mediocre. Something has been done to ‘get by’ rather than done with conscious effort. It may show that someone is not working to the best of their abilities


Nine of Pentacles – Redux


Peaceful in the yard

Fulfillment well becomes you

On to the next thing



Once all your needs are fulfilled where will you go?
What new roads may you find in your garden?
New seeds sown and new thoughts planted
new paths sought
yet still the old beauty remains


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Nine of Pentacles
Tarot – Nine of Pentacles by G A Rosenberg

Quote of the Day – November 24 2012

“The snake which cannot cast its skin has to die. As well the minds which are prevented from changing their opinions; they cease to be mind.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche

Why do we stick to positions? It seems that no matter how open-minded we are, we hit a point on something like politics or religion or the right way to crack eggs and we decide “Here I stand. I won’t change, no way, no how” and no matter what new evidence comes up, they dismiss rather than look at either themselves or the other side of the discussion. I don’t quite get it.  I mean, one of my key principles is that last line in the Messiah’s Handbook in Richard Bach’s Illusions . “Everything in this book may be wrong” I have opinions but can usually see the other side or at least acknowledge that it exists. I can understand having blind spots but I can’t understand not being willing to look at them.
Blessings, G

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Knight of Pentacles by G A Rosenberg

Congruence by G A Rosenberg

Quote of the Day – January 29 2012

“All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.”
–Martin Luther King Jr.

What does it mean–to undertake something with painstaking excellence? Does it mean to get every detail right? Does it mean doing the utmost at every point to make it work? I would like to believe that when I work at anything, especially things that might be of value to others. I get intimidated by excellence. I would rather at this point anyway to paraphrase Sondheim, not worry that it not be perfect, just worry that it won’t be. Maybe what I do will not show painstaking excellence but getting closer and closer in intention. Namaste, G

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Three of Pentacles by G A Rosenberg

Mandala with Inner Sphere Reversal by G A Rosenberg


Tarot Card of the Day – Feb 28 2010

III of Pentacles

Binah in Earth
Mars (♂) in Capricorn (♑)


The ever present question:
— What do you do?
— Well, right now I’m breathing.
No, What do you do for work, I mean?
— Oh, well I write some, I do some photo collage work, I make videos
You make money doing that stuff?
— Not a lot but its what I do
What do you do for money?
–Spend it mainly. Every so often I try to give it a good home
Wise ass! No, I mean what do you do to make money (and don’t even say anything about no printing press, you do know what I mean
–Oh Ok, I say placatingly. I raise foster kids with disabilities, I also teach computer skills on the side. Family money augments the rest.
Ah, why didn’t you say so? He thinks he has me all figured out now.
–You didn’t ask
Yeah I did
— No you asked me what I did for work. I guess the real answer to that would be that I try to understand. I try to figure out the universe and how I’m connected to it and what it means. What is it that connects me with everything else and what part of me connects to it?  In other words, I do myself.
You do yourself?
–Yes I seem to be a work in progress…

III of Pentacles from Morgan-Greer Deck

I Ching 13: Tung Jen (Community or Fellowship with Men
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Above:  Ch’ien (The creative Heaven)
Below: Li (Fire, Clinging)
It is natural for fire to flame up to heaven thus the idea of community (think tribes sitting around the ascending fire, telling tales). It takes the passive 2nd line that ties it all together. There is a need for a yielding member with clarity among the dominants to hold the community together.
In a community, each must work (persist) towards the needs of the community as a whole. For the community to work tho, there is a need for a leader with clarity, who’d job may be to decide rather than to do…
For society to work there has to be organization within the differences, one man must be able to have the vision

Mars in Capricorn – a purposeful subtle energy; quiet and controlled way of looking at life; goal-oriented and future minded, they have their eyes on the star and go for it…
A controlled energy; almost wrapped to tight but they tend to get what they go after

In readings:
when this card comes out, it usually holds indications for the work environment- with the possibilities for both trouble and achievement. There is often in my experience a note of being watched (either in a being groomed or probationary type of way)
Often indicates work not going well. someone isn’t happy with job performance, usually this has to do with a job not enjoyed or just not working up to one’s best efforts…

Tarot Card of the Day- December 6 2009

Chokmah in Earth
Jupiter in Capricorn

The other day I was watching a juggler balancing on a unicycle and juggling plates. I could relate for I too juggle on what seems at times an equally unsteady pedestal.
On the one hand my family and practical existence. At a time in my life when I had given up on steadiness, given up on love, I met someone who transformed my existence. Together we became married, we’ve raised kids, bought the house, have too many pets. We’ve worked hard to get to this point and there is always more to do. Joy and Satisfaction is there for the taking…at the right times and places and yet…
This year, my spirit has soared. New avenues to explore. New aspects of godhood to love. I feel freer, more awake and more alive than I have felt before. Creatively, I write, I create art. Ideas and expression flow through me like some kind of divine river that I just wish to surrender and el it carry me off. Teachers, Students and friends are there to join me on the journey. and yet…

The garbage needs to be taken out, The kid needs to be dressed. The dog needs to be walked “Oh by the way, we’re going to the movies today, be ready at two.”
It’s not as if I begrudge my family the time. They are my foundation. Anything I have done has been an outgrowth of their love and support. And yet…

Meditation, , a blog that needs updating., and something new and wonderful to share.
How do I keep my balance without falling off of this thing?

II of Pentacles from the Röhrig Tarot

I Ching: 16 Yü Enthusiasm

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Chȇn Thunder over K’un Earth– It is the strong fourth line that pulls all the other weak lines with it by din of its Ashe (personal power, charisma, flow), Movement. Leading people in the direction you want along the path of least resistance. To determine this, the great man or leader has to balance what he needs done with the most likely way the people he leads will flow….

Jupiter in Capricorn is an interesting study in balance–Jupiter expands in a cheerful optimistic way that looks towards the future. Capricorn moves slowly, carefully and tends to be about learning the lessons from the past. The combination of the two can bring success but only through hard work to methodically balance things out….

In readings: This card is variously referred to as either change or harmony and it tends to be a dynamic one. Movement is needed to keep the two disks moving. Likewise, when balancing different aspects of our lives and relationships we can’t expect to rest on our laurels, we need to constantly adjust according to feedback in order to keep things harmonious. When the card is upright or positively aspected, things are flowing smoothly
Reversed in readings: The balance is not flowing so smoothly. Either we are not adjusting our balance in accordance with the feedback we are getting or things are moving too quickly for us to do so.