It is a dark and stormy night. Two bedraggled companions approach sanctuary… This card is always difficult to turn over. I have to stop, breathe, and think it through. Fives mean change and coins mean fortune, so a change of fortune is at hand. Not necessarily a bad thing, to change one’s fortune. So why does the image seem so bleak?
The couple are intrepid. They just keep on keeping on. They have one another – but this is not all that they need. Muddling through is admirable in a sense, but you can get stuck in a pattern of discomfort, not even seeing the most obvious solution.
As with any material change to be made, the Gods help those that help themselves. Help is at hand, but they must go inside. So far, they haven’t looked up. Recognizing one’s own deficiencies is the act of a wise man. Pride may have kept them going through the tough times, but help is at hand! Stumbling along as if everything is alright has kept it going so far. But now, material change is required.
This card also reminds me of the weekend we (me, as a single mom + kids) raided the coin jar to go on family vacation, a modern day pilgrimage of sorts. It was many years ago and a series of unfortunate events met our unstoppable determination to have fun. I was even ill for part of the time, and we had to accept help from other campers during the trip. Somehow each sad circumstance combined inversely, to be greater than its sum, becoming one of the best vacations ever – on $14.87 – because it was a grand adventure that we all shared together.
Realizing that money is only one of many resources available toward the goal of happy companionship frees us to see other options. It takes determination to move forward, and humility to accept some help if you need it.
On the Shadow: If needing material change and finding it are the message of the card, then this card reversed may a lack of willingness to receive the assistance offered. Stay humble, and try be grateful for any mercy no matter how small. Remember it is more difficult to receive in humility, than it is to give.
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.