The Knight gathers strength as he sits atop his steed holding a golden pentacle in preparation for a new journey. The Knight of Pentacles is practical and trustworthy, living his life with purpose and integrity. His appearance in a reading can also suggest movement of a financial nature, positive and hopeful. The significator for the reading, the Knight expresses purposeful exchange with others in balance and harmony. All suits and elements are represented in the reading with an overall numerology of one or wholeness and new beginnings.
Surrounding the Knight are the 9 of Wands and the 8 of Swords. I’ll go into the interesting numerological synchronicities in the reading later on in the interpretations, but suffice it to say that everything centers on the idea of inner strength.
A man stands defensively holding one of nine staffs in his hand. Rays of light extend in all directions from the staff’s crystal tip suggesting clarity is available if he would only drop some resistance. The man appears to stand his ground but it feels like the eight additional staffs in line behind him are less about his defense and more about holding on to his perceptions.
The 8 of Swords in the Robin Wood Tarot is so cool. A blindfolded woman looks away, her arms and torso bound by a rope. Eight swords impale the earth around her as the choppy water appears to be receding while dark clouds dissipate from the sun’s rays beaming forth. Her eyes are blindfolded, the woman’s scattered thoughts binding her focus and preventing her from seeing clearly. The 8 of Swords asks if we are blocking our own process, our own forward momentum.
As we take our journey through life our choice is to do so in unity with others or to go it alone. But as we see with the man in the 9 of Wands, although he stands in his own power, his perceptions prevent any clarity. We can block our own process as with the woman in the 8 of Swords, but at some point, we have to ignore the noise both around and within us and find our divine strength within.
The numerology of the two cards reduces to 8 or strength, the title of the eighth card of the Major Arcana. And here we have the synchronicity I referred to earlier. The Strength card depicts a woman peering lovingly at a large lion. Grace, acceptance and unconditional love are represented by Strength along with the balance between our instinct and intelligence. Representing influences that are hidden or subconscious in nature, the card is telling us that our greatest strength lies in allowing.
The 3 of Cups appears in the outcome position of the reading. Three women dance happily about in a circle, free spirits all. They represent life lived in harmony and joy. Mind, body, and Spirit are one with the 3 of Cups, our emotional presence in balance.
Cups represents Elemental Water and as an empath, I can say with certainty that our energetic vibration or signature is emotion-based. We gauge everything by how it all feels to us. We can interfere with that process by becoming either stuck in or bound by our perceptions, or we can trust in and engage fully with the process and allow ourselves to flow effortlessly in creativity and joy.
We’re here to experience life in nonresistance, without judgment, and with clear sight. Given the chaos of the world that may seem like a daunting task. We can spend our time in resistance to the world, in reaction to others, or we can allow ourselves to experience life as intended. In resistance, we feel fragmented and off balance, bound by our own subjective perception; whereas, in nonresistance, we summon the strength within to ignore the drama around us and make the conscious decision to live in joy.
Or we let the orange guy win.