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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Journey Through My Decks: 8 of Pentacles

Let’s take a look at the Eight of Pentacles from the Fenestra Tarot by Chatriya Hemharnvibul (U.S. Games Systems, Inc.)

Fenestra Tarot (U.S. Games, Inc.)

The Little White Book (LWB) for this deck tells us that the suit of Pentacles relates to the material world: possessions, finances and job. In my tarot system, the number Eight often suggests ambition, achievement, and power.

The Fenestra Tarot Eight of Pentacles depicts a young man working with chisel and hammer, creating a Pentacle. Seven completed Pentacles are displayed in the foreground and background. The young man wears a serious, determined expression as he focuses on his work. Outside a window behind him, leaves sprout from a tree branch.

Book T* calls this card "Prudence" and associates it with the placement of the Sun in Virgo, an Earth sign known for attention to detail, organizational skills, and keen perception.

Divinatory Meanings from the LWB: "Commission, craftsmanship, productivity, efficiency, expertise, profit, recognition." Reversed meanings: "Mediocrity, loss, slowdown, disorder."

As a Daily Card, the Eight of Pentacles reminds me to direct my labor with specific goals in mind, and to follow a plan that will lead to achievement.

About the Deck: The Fenestra Tarot is very much an RWS-style deck. As stated on the US Games web page, Thai artist Chatriya Hemharnvibul, the deck's creator, combines elements of Art Deco, Egypt, mythology and Japanese Manga. Fenestra is Latin for Awindow@ and all cards have window like frames.

*Book T The Tarot, Comprising Manuscripts N, O, P, Q, R, and an Unlettered Theoricus Adeptus Minor Instruction. A Description of the Cards of the Tarot with their Attributions; Including a Method of Divination by Their Use. A public domain manuscript.

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