Five of Pentacles
Today you might have to look at where you may have over-extended yourself in recent weeks, particularly with year-end expenses and Holiday spending.
As Saturn and the Sun move into a hard (semi-square) aspect today, your focus may shift from feelings of joy and anticipation to the more unsettling feelings of worry, loneliness and isolation.
The imagery in this card harrowingly depicts this energy. There’s a stark, cold, uninviting landscape with a dying tree that looks almost menacing as it reaches out toward the wilting flower in the foreground.
The Five Pentacles hanging from the branches may have once been shiny and gold, but now they’re tarnished and weathered. You get the feeling that if you were to reach out and try to pluck one, the tree would come to life and fight you off — either that or it would devour you. .
The Five of Pentacles can mark a period of financial adversity, such as seeing your earnings held up or seeing your resources dwindling as a result of unexpected expenses.
As Pentacles are linked to “values,” we most often think of money. But they also relate to self-worth: it’s hard to feel good about yourself when you’re struggling — financially or otherwise.
In this respect the Five of Pentacles can also refer to feelings or loneliness or rejection. You may be feeling isolated and unsupported — but it’s important to ask yourself truthfully whether the support you so desperately crave has been there for you all along. And whether your own issues with self worth and self esteem have caused you to either miss it or reject it outright.
The flower in the foreground is a snowdrop — symbolizing purity, hope and renewal. This is something to keep in mind today, especially if you’re so focused on the tree (fear, loneliness and scarcity) and not enough on the rebirth that is possible through the message of the flower.