Nine of Pentacles
As Mercury turns direct in Gemini today you may feel an urge to take flight. Mercury in Gemini can be a bit “flighty” anyway, but there’s a certain sense of buoyancy that ties in perfectly with the butterfly in this card.
This version of the Nine of Pentacles — from the Tarot Lenormand — depicts an opulent courtyard, complete with a reflection pool, statues, fountains and lush landscaping. And of course the vibrant and colorful butterfly front and center.
Butterflies are also symbols of metamorphosis and transformation, which is interesting in that the corresponding Lenormand card — card number 8 / Nine of Diamonds is the coffin or sarcophagus, another symbol of transformation.
The Nine of Pentacles is traditionally related to be satisfied with where you are in life, especially in terms of the lifestyle and environment that you created for yourself. And there is certainly some of that here in the luxurious landscape and surroundings.
But the Tarot Lenormand version shifts the focus more to rising above the petty or earthly concerns and elevating yourself to something that is rare and beautiful in its own right.
The butterfly in this card is known as a Peacock Butterfly, due to its vibrant coloring and spectacular eyespots. As an animal totem, butterflies represent grace, beauty, curiosity, buoyancy and fragility.
It will be some weeks before Mercury crosses its shadow point (on June 27th), bringing you out of the woods as far as retrograde nuisances go. But you can use this time as a sort of springboard for lifting yourself up breaking free from the shackles that have held you down.
In keeping with the traditional interpretations of the Nine of Pentacles, you want to use this time to balance out the give and take in your life while still maintaining your priorities. Remember that whatever you put out there — whether it’s time, energy, money or yourself — as well as whatever you’re open to receiving, will all balance out and be replenished over time.