In Tarot, the suit of Pentacles or Coins symbolizes the element of Earth and represents the material world, money, and things that grow or are produced from our labor. In threes, we hold the seed of earth (ones) plus the spark of germination (twos) to become a tangible something-or-other (threes). Well, this makes sense because after the idea has been planted, and after the plans have been drawn, someone has to build it.
And while the project is in formation, there is nothing more fun to watch than a crew at work on a house. If you are the crew, it is a little distracting but really a button popping moment when the owner and designer stand and point and nod, making happy noises all the while. Keep chipping away, and you will find the work is completed soon enough.
The validation that comes from doing a job well and being appreciated for it is natural for this card. Coins represent the material world while threes mean manifestation. The image of the card shows an apprentice, well-suited to his role and indicates a well-earned recognition for your skills as a craftsman in your trade.
On the Shadow: (and there seems to be a lot of shadow in this image) It is distracting to have anybody watch you work, particularly if you are deep in concentration. You’d hate to make a mistake now. If the people watching are important, then the pressure is really on. It may be better to put the tools down and schmooze for a bit until they move on and you can get back to it.
Images from The Smith-Waite Tarot Centennial Edition Deck are used in this blog. They feature the artist, Pamela Colman Smith’s, original coloring and lovely back design. The cards are a bit oversized and printed on sturdy cardstock. This deck is one of my personal favorites. =:->AD
Rider-Waite images used with permission of U.S. Games Systems, Inc., Stamford, CT 06902. c. 1971 by U.S. Games Systems, Inc.