The Card of the Day: The Three of Pentacles
“The learning process.”
The Three of Pentacles depicts a young man learning a trade at a monastery. This card symbolizes the refinement of skills or talents. The Three of Pentacles exemplifies work that is worthwhile and meaningful. In order to excel at it, you must be patient with the learning process. This means being open to making mistakes, and not giving up when setbacks happen.
What skills are you currently learning? Are you expecting yourself to be perfect? Do you constantly compare your skills to that of others and feel that your abilities aren't good enough?
Although the Three of Pentacles symbolizes "perfecting" a skill, it does not require us to be perfect. Quite the opposite, this card asks you to look at the big picture. Look how far you've already come with what you are learning. Look ahead to what can still achieve! Improvement can only happen if you are open to learning. No matter how good you are at your talent or skillset, you can always get better.
In the learning process, mistakes will be your best teachers. Mastering anything is all about trial and error. You will make mistakes. The more mistakes you make, the better you will get. You might feel like you look stupid occasionally, but don't give up. If you keep doing the work, you will achieve your goal.
The learning process is never a straight "B-line" toward a goal. It is a winding path, of hills and valleys. Sometimes the path loops around and makes us feel as if we are going backwards and learning nothing at all. This is an illusion. Like a spiral, the path winds around and back, and yet always upward. Sometimes success isn't achieved right away. It’s as if the Universe wants us to learn something important about where we are right now, without rushing on to the next thing. Are you impatient to get this phase in your life over with? Slow down! You are missing an important teachable moment. Sometimes, the thing we are learning isn’t academic, but an important life-lesson. The Three of Pentacles always highlights an area for self-improvement.
Recall your passion for the skills you are honing. The Three of Pentacles can also foretell beginning an area of study, or the acquisition of important knowledge which will have long-term implications for your future. Be patient with the learning process.
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