Ace of Pentacles

take the first step in manifesting your idea

Aces are offerings or opportunities of the highest potential of the suit.

Pentacles deal with the physical domain of earth, and how we as spiritual beings navigate the material world. This has customarily focused on money and resources, but this suit has so much more breadth than being limited to materialism. The realm of earth includes our physical bodies and health, but is a grounding force, rooted and slow. It is practical in the ways that we manifest and pursue our soul’s work and spiritual ideals in the physical world. We can see hints of this in the church imagery that Pamela Coleman-Smith included in her pips (3 of Pentacles, 5 of Pentacles).

Historically, the four suits were associated with the four classes of society, and Pentacles or diamonds represented the merchant class. In modern classist or Marxist tarot, this translates to the bourgeoisie – industry leaders, real estate, and other financial and physical structures of society.

If we consider the four humours of the body and temperament as in Galen’s time, Earth correlated with black bile and therefore melancholic — thoughtful and considerate (but may struggle with perfectionism and be easily depressed). As Jung’s cognitive functions go, the suit of Pentacles corresponds to Sensation, which is how we observe the physical and manipulate it.

from Darkness of Light (1st ed.)

And so the Ace of Pentacles, Disks, or Coins is the potential or foundation for manifesting in the earthly realm. It asks us to get out of our head and implement that thought, desire, idea; take the first step to give it concrete expression. (This is the Ace that brings the others to tangible form.). This journey will likely take time and require tending, like the seed we plant in the soil of our garden and nurture.

In resistance, we’re stuck. We just can’t move beyond our thoughts and dreams. What holds us back from taking the first step toward manifesting? Perhaps we doubt our ability to manifest.

In excess, is there an overemphasis on the material or physical, of security, or some other aspect of earth?

Questions that we may be prompted to ask when this card comes up include:

  • What seeds are you planting?
  • What prevents you from pursuing your soul’s work?
  • Do you feel secure? Is there a part of you that does not?
  • How is your health? Do you get the physical exercise and nutrition that your body needs? How is your relationship with food?
  • Do you have a need for more time connecting with nature?

But of course that’s just a beginning. How do you see this card? How has it come up for you? What is your favorite depiction of the Ace of Pentacles, and how are its shadow aspects portrayed?

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