The Card of the Day: The Knight of Pentacles (Reversed)
“Redirecting the energy inward.”
The Knight of Pentacles represents a need for patience and perspective when our current life does not measure up to our expectations. It is a card that teaches us how to use setbacks as opportunities for personal resilience. Only hindsight will reveal just why something we hoped for or expected didn’t quite pan out the way we thought it should. Life has a way of steering us to even better blessings than the ones we expected.
Has something you expected not panned out the way you hoped? Do you feel bad about the present because you don't "have" something that you think others do? Are you able to honestly see that the game isn't over yet, and there are still marvelous things in store for you?
The Knight of Pentacles rides the fields dreaming of the future. He is utterly disappointed with the present. The fields he surveys are brown, and don't seem to be growing anything. How many more years does he have to keep pacing the same fields before they grow?! It can be so frustrating! In order to become a King, this Knight needs to demonstrate he can make a field grow. Here's the rub...........the field will never grow until he learns to be at peace with himself and the lesson the present is teaching him. Patience and self-acceptance.
It is also interesting to note that of all the knights in the Waite-Smith tarot the Knight of Pentacles is the only knight to be seated on a horse that is not moving forward. This indicates that events are at a standstill. Although the knight is eager to progress he has to learn something important that can only be found where he is now, in the present. It is in the present where the magic of transforming conditions can be found.
The Universe has a way of providing teachable moments. The lessons appear in the form of recurring "setbacks," that repeat themselves over and over until you absorb what we need to change about your mindset. At first glance it might just seemed like you are getting thwarted again! "Why does this always happen to me?! Grrrr!" That's when you need to ask, "What is this recurring situation teaching me?" "How can I use this as an opportunity for resilience?" Perhaps the recurring situations are teaching you patience and self-acceptance. Perhaps they are teaching you about boundaries, or not needing others to validate you. Perhaps you just need to learn to be at peace with who you are in the present, with all your perceived imperfections.
Today the challenge is to look at situations that seem like setbacks, and instead see their value as lessons to help you grow. Ask the situation "Why do you keep happening, what are you teaching me?” It's okay to feel disappointment for a little bit, but then you need to see its value as a teacher. Look back at how past disappointments actually made you stronger, and led you to even better blessings than what you thought you wanted.
Be patient and resilient.
When the Knight of Pentacles appears reversed he represents managing your expectations. This card often appears when we are bracing ourselves for something that we "assume" is going to be bad. This card asks you to turn your expectations on their head. How could the situation you are dreading turn into an unexpected blessing? By confronting this situation what do you have to gain? Sometimes this card indicates that you just need to be more practical, and not buy into assumptions without current evidence to back it up. The field in the background of this card may look brown, but there is magic happening beneath the surface. Seeds that are germinating will manifest into autumn's harvest. Although the Knight may be impatient, patience is the lesson that he will find himself repeating until he learns acceptance of universal timing. Now is not the time to retreat or give up. What happened before and what will possibly happen later is not where the decisions must be made. Decide to be powerful in the present. This moment is where you power truly resides.
Today, accept that not everything you want or desire is going to happen right away... and perhaps you need to make peace with the idea that it won't manifest in quite the way you planned. Sometimes things we don't get in life are actually blessings in disguise. The Dalai Lama once said "Sometimes not getting what you want is a marvelous stroke of luck. At this time, don't judge your progress by how it appears in the brown, sparse fields of winter. Even in winter new life is stirring. Progress may feel slowed but this is an illusion. With patience, and hindsight, you will see why this situation took the turns that it did. Getting frustrated will not help your situation. Focus on how you can productively improve your situation practically, without laying your sense of security on unsubstantiated hopes and fears. It is never a waste of time to work on yourself while giving other situations time to straighten out. If something externally isn’t working out it’s a sign to place your focus inward.