Divination: Ace of Pentacles and Doubt

Divination!  Let’s do some!  Got a question, a problem, an “issue”?  I do–who doesn’t really?!  Let’s be honest.  Even high spiritual teachers have them.  Lately, I’ve ripped off my mask but am thinking that it might be better to put it back on–people rather like the mask and let’s face it, nobody REALLY wants to know “what lies in the deep” or beheath it@!  Love that phrase, “lies in the deep”-but that’s the scorpio in me I suppose.  Anyway, it’s a line from Lord of the Rings–I really LOVE the music from that movie, especially the Return of the King CD.  But let me pull this all together here and get back to the diviniation question.

Got one in mind?  Like I said, I do.  You focus on yours and I’ll focus upon mine–let’s form this question carefully. Perhaps even write it down.  No paper and pen handy?  Open a document and write it down there.  Got it? 

Okay,  mine has to do with doubt–what’s yours have to do with?  Let’s see what the oracle tells us.  I will use the tarot today.  Now that I think about it, doubt is a common human issue. 

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I’ve drawn the Ace of Pentacles.  I can’t help but be drawn to the blue mountains in the background–it seems everything reminds me of the moutains lately.  But let’s stick to the question, what does our issue about doubt have to do with the Ace of Pentacles?  Well, the answer here is that there is an opportunity, something material and earthly (like money) that comes as a result of the issue at hand that we’re asking about.

New Beginning, opportunity, door opens (represented by the archway in the picture on the card).  Something material or earthly will happen to help overcome the doubt that exists around the question. 

This is beginning to make sense to my own inner question– is it for you as well?  It is encouraging.   I’ve always loved this card with the hand of spirit holding the coin over the path!  That’s probably because there’s still a tendency within me to struggle with money or poverty issues.

The bottom line here is that there’s no reason for doubt–there are heavinly forces that help us in material ways to stay on the path!

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How to Handle Paranoia, Suspiciousness and Uneasiness that comes from Fear of Loss or Betrayals of Trust – Ace of Pentacles Offers Wisdom

Before you even read this post, I must offer the Buddhist perspective which is something that can alleviate this suffering of uneasiness or fear.  That perspective goes this way.  There is no “I” to feel suspicious, paranoid uneasy or fearful.  The “I” or the “me” is the ego which suffers, clings and self-cherishes.  The ego is also the mirror for the projection outward of what is inside of self.  So the paranoia etc. has to do with afflictions of the ego-self from past which are misconceptions or what they would likely call the ‘karma of thought’ … or mental afflictions, obscurations.  Meditating on these concepts and also visualizing the lightbody… the clear, lumionous, pure lightbody can also alleviate the suffering of ego clinging–i.e. paranoia, jealousy, etc.

It happens, has happened and will likely continue to happen at one time or another to all of us on some level.  I’m talking about being double-crossed, betrayed, stolen from and other human-on-human offenses—either in this lifetime or another.  Those types of wounds go deep and create within the human soul wounds that become triggered from time-to-time and to some degree.  And those old hurts create a certain phobia, uneasiness, paranoia.

We may say things to ourselves like,  “They did it to me once and by gosh they’re not going to do it to me again if I have anything to say about it!”  Maybe you were stolen from by those you placed your trust in and shouldn’t have and now the soul is on a certain hyper vigilance when it gets triggered.  Call that paranoia if you like but what do we do about it?

I turned to the tarot, drew a card with issue in mind and asked, “How do we best handle it when we have these feelings?” 

What I think of first is this saying we’ve often heard, “Fool me once, shame on you.  Fool me twice, shame on me.”  But is that the right attitude to take?  Let’s see what wisdom we can derive from the ACE OF PENTACLES.

As I look at the card, two things come to mind.  One is about being grounded and another is about starting over as in new beginnings.  These are two archetypes of the combination of PENTALCES and ACES.

I am laughing at those keywords “grounded” and “new beginning” – it’s as if the oracle is clearly saying that the way to handle the paranoia is to find a way to ground in the NOW and to remember that each moment is a new beginning.  We, as humans, carry the past with us to some extend for it is all in our soul.  We’ve learned some hard lessons and don’t want to make those painful mistakes again; thus, the paranoia.  Something inside of us says, “Oh, no!  Not again; let me strike before someone strikes me first–or at the very least, I should take protective measures.”

Discernment is a big lesson—knowing who to trust and who NOT to trust.  We can get that confused.  How do we sort it out?  Well, turning to an oracle or using intuition can be helpful.

I’d say that when our stomach muscles are gripped, there is something trying to get our attention.  Are those feelings an over-reaction to be ignored or a warning to be heeded?

Sometimes we have to get some distance in order to know for sure which is which. We should not ignore these suspicious, uncomfortable feelings nor should we become a slave to them.

One way out of it is to apply a method called “The Work” by Byron Katie which is asking the self a the question, “Can I know for sure this is true?”,  “How does it feel when I think this thought?”  And “Who would I be without this thought?” 

The Ace of Pentalces also relates, on an archetypal level, to nurturing the mind/body/spirit on a deep level.  A good healthy meal, an enjoyable exercise of some type or a good old-fashioned nap could help—that or whatever seems to nourish the soul.  Sometimes, for me, that’s watching a movie.

If the feelings of paranoia or suspicions about something or someone create the level uneasiness that is relieved by taking an action toward self-protection; take that action if it nourishes the soul and then let it go.  Let that self-protective measure or action help to put an end to the phobia and the uneasiness that suspicion has caused.  Then go do something else; let it go.

By the way, PENTACLES relates to material matters or materiality.  So money/finances and loss/gain is part of the dynamic; so the oracle is giving specific information about what causes some of that and that is fear of the loss of money or someone taking from us what results in income in some way.  Survival stuff.  There can be also a fear of “loss of self” which is the ego fearing its demise.  Not possible but that’s paranoia. 

The roses in the image of the Ace of Pentacles reminds us of beauty and also the pain of the thorns.  Our fellow humans – some can be so beautiful and others can stab us with their thorns.  Or maybe we can stab ourselves sometimes too if we let our suspicious natures get out of hand.

Lastly, the angel with the money sign on this card seems to remind us that we must keep ourselves in as positive state as much as possible in order to receive the material gifts available to us.  And, worst case scenario, the oracle reminds us that life is full of new beginnings and help is available.

What will help the most to overcome these emotions is gratitude and the use of common sense; so counteract paranoia by focusing on your blessings and as I started with, by “getting real”—as best as you can anyway.

Know you are safe, protected and that you have total security.  Remember WHO really provides for your needs … i.e. a Higher Power.  Even if you don’t fully believe it, fake it until you make it.  It helps to believe we’re not facing this life without some sort of Divine Support.

One last final note—sometimes feelings of “fear of loss” can motivate us toward greater achievement.

I hope this little post helps someone out in cyber world.

Cosmic Communiqué 6-21-11 Opportunity for Progress Today to Teach and Lead Others; Kua 19 – Ace of Pentacles, Knight of Pentacles

Today, make hay while the Sun shines—make the best use of your time when that opportunity is available while setting aside the mistakes of others or even what you perceive as their intentional transgressions.

Joyful and hopeful progress occurs today if effort is applied and opportunities are recognized.

Let nothing hold you back for today a good day for action.

Even if something is perceived to be that which is temporarily holding you back, exert patience and recognize that it is for your benefit and persevere where you are able.

Today is a good day to do teaching if this is in the spectrum of possibility and opportunity, especially if this is done through good personal example and in the spirit of lovingkindness.

The Ace and Knight of Pentacles archetype relates to this message from the I CHING Kua 19 which inspires today’s divination. The Ace of Pentacles message is to proceed without worry (read more on the Ace of Pentacles here) and the Knight of Pentacles (Air of Earth) relates to teaching through actions, accomplishments and words.

The archetype of the Knight of Pentacles is one that represents… well, we could say that he knows “When to hold ‘em and when to fold ‘em” and has the patience to study the situation and know what action to take when.

However, being overly critical of others in part of that nature of energy and so here there is the admonition that goes something like, “Physician, heal thyself”.

In other words, the more the Knight of Pentacle part-of-us has healed our own wounds and balanced the consciousness of the self, the better prepared we are to help, lead or teach others.

So while one shouldn’t hold back today, one must use care not to project one’s own inner issues onto other people in the actions that are taken.

Speaking in realistic and grounded ways is part of today’s guidance.

Again, both the I CHING Kua 19 and the Ace and Knight of Pentacles suggest working as a teacher and leader today by demonstrating the example of one’s own life—teaching by example.

There will be an opportunity to do so in a very grounded way (Air of Earth, Pentacles) if one remains alert to those possibilities.

Approach has supreme success.

Perseverance furthers.

New life is awakening and signs of transformation are visible everywhere.

Opportunities presented now are for the purposes of growth.