The more I learn Tarot, the more I begin to understand some of the nuances of the cards. It’s not that the cards don’t like to deliver festive and feel good news, they do; but they don’t sugar coat. Caging messages in “feel good” can be effective sometimes, but too much sweetness can totally negate the message.
This is a great example of a tarot card that calls you out on your shit. This is the hoarding card. The message here is that you’re holding too tightly to something, trying to control, being greedy. Demanding compliance can indeed ensure you get people to do what you want, but people who are “being compliant” will often tire of being told what to do and rebel. This card also speaks to holding on so tightly to a perspective or a position that we miss other opportunities that may actually bring us more than what we have already. Some of the most amazing things in our lives arrive at our door steps as soon as we release something else.
This is an “imposing your will to get what you want” card, which is quite different from using your will to get what you want. The card shows a grumpy King, hunched over a coin, with 2 others under his feet and one on his head. Pentacles are money cards and clearly this King is resisting the flow of abundance. How can you flow when you refuse to move?
Just like Veruca Salt in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, if you find yourself feeling entitled or feeling the insatiable desire to acquire things because what you have isn’t enough, this card is here to bring your awareness to it. There is a petulant child stamping her foot and screaming “I want it NOW Daddy!” within all of us and we want to address her. We want to know whats underneath all that desperate need. Where are you not getting your needs met? Where are you feeling deficient? How old do you feel?
When our inner child comes in with demands, it usually means that we are responding to some kind of stress in our lives from the emotional place of being that child. Children are emotionally immature and unable to solve adult problems so of course when our inner child is trying to run the show, it’s in vain.
So where are you trying to resist change? Hold on to something you may no longer need? Mistrustful of the dynamic flow of the Universe?
Change is inevitable. Fluidity is necessary. As comfortable as it may seem in theory to expect that everything will always stay the same… that's not reality. When change is imminent, stamping your foot and making demands will only serve to frustrate you. The lesson in this card is about trust.
You are taken care of. Remind your inner child that he or she no longer has to solve problems because your adult self is there now to do it. Be open to the fact that although you may think you know what you want, sometimes the universe takes us on an unexpected route to that thing. Trust that it knows what it’s doing.