Monday, July 2, 2012

The Omily Tarot: The Six of Coins

If you're wondering where my Friday post was, my sincerest apologies!  My weekend began unexpectedly Wednesday night, and then kicked it on through last night, and in the whirlwind I didn't even realize I was behind until yesterday.  I'll slip an extra blog post in this week to make up for it.  In the meantime, it's Tarot Monday!  A brief two-part refresher starting with the meta: once a week I'm dedicating a blog post to my interpretation of the Waite-Smith tarot deck based on numerical and elemental significances, as well as the images themselves, found in the cards.  My goal is to give you, not just a dry list of things a card could mean, but a system that you an easily learn to work with reference-free with any deck you may have in front of you.  Once I wrap up all the interpretations, I'll be handing them over to a professional designer I have the pleasure of being acquainted with, and the whole kit and caboodle will be published and available for sale on the site.  Yay!

So today, we're wrapping up the sixes with the Six of Coins.  To get less meta, the sixes are considered the high point of the tarot numbered-cards journey: the peak of the mountain.  The journey is far from complete, since you have to get back down from the mountain, but you're in a good place: you've attained the highest good of your journey.  So, whats the highest good of earthy sixes?  Well, fiery staves were riding high and celebrating, dreamy cups were celebrating childhood and openness, and sharp swords were using the knowledge they gained to plan a smooth journey into the future.  Earthy, practical coins are at their best when their own needs are so thoroughly taken care of, they can turn and share their wealth with others in need.

The Six of Coins
"Six coins float at the top of the card, nebulous, yet attainable, like the wealth the central figure in red distributes.  The two beggars kneel gratefully waiting to receive their due.  For which character does this card represent the high point?   Perhaps both.  Considering the blizzard these characters came through on the last card, a generous hand out in sunny weather is probably a miraculous change of fortune.  And the benefactor?  The staves, riding on their high horse, would gain much that they missed in earlier cards by using their powers for good as is done here.  Benevolent, fertile cups are only expressed at their height in a state of over-abundance, and what better use of over-abundance than in sharing with those in need?  Instead of running away from challenges, as suggested in the six of swords, stepping forward to make changes for the better is certainly more empowering. 
These figures appear to be crouching on gray dirt, or even concrete, though, not fruitful earth.  This figure can only carry so much gold with him, particularly if he’s holding the scale in the other hand, carefully weighing each coin he proffers.  In some ways, he’s the next step from our four card: letting go of his money, but on his terms.   When the coins reach full fruition, everyone wins.  Accepting what others are willing to give you is a sure way to get something, but probably not as much as you’d like.  Treat the world as though it has more than enough to satisfy you, because it does.
In a reading, the first thing to ask yourself is which of the characters draws your attention, or resonates with you.  The cards may be asking that you step up and be proactive if you want a situation to improve, or they might be letting you know that help is on the way.  In either case, it doesn’t suit you to sit around waiting for a mysterious source of assistance.  Get your professor’s attention after class and ask to meet about sources for your midterm paper.  Don’t shake your head and cluck your tongue when your friend starts in again on a mutual acquaintance: stand up for him or her, or ask the friend to keep his or her opinions to him or herself."

This card is a reminder to readers everywhere that a genuine gratitude for our gifts should always naturally overflow into a readiness to share that gift with others.  We all have a sacred mission to pay it forward, whatever 'it' may be.  And by the same token, in moments of need, we need only open ourselves, as in the six of cups, and trust that what we need will be forthcoming.  Keeping in mind that what we need may well not bare the slightest resemblance to what we want.  What do you have to share today?

~em

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