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THE UNIVERSAL PRINCIPLE AND ARCHETYPE
OF INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL SUCCESS,
CONTENTMENT AND PRODUCTIVITY

 


"The young guinea pigs emerge from their cocoon of safety. They have chosen to venture out into the forest to explore the external world that they have yet to fully connect with. A conspicuous pentacle is etched in a stone. It lies adjacent to a leaf covered path. Flowers are blooming and much of the landscape is covered by green lichen. The ferns begin to unfurl and reach for the sky. Mist lends to a mystical atmosphere as it slowly starts lifting, revealing the contents of the rich forest. A spiral appears on another rock, an indication that the forest is pulsating with continuous energy. The young animals are tentative as they take their first steps, but soon they will adjust and learn how to retrieve food and other bounties offered by their surroundings."

- Animals Divine Companion (Lisa Hunt)
 

 

Conan - Battle Mounds

 


The Ace of Pentacles is the Universal Archetype and Worldly Principle of Success manifested both internally and externally, Perfect Contentment and Productivity. You have recognized the Joy of Living and the Love of being comfortable on the Path of Life, mirroring the acceptance of material pleasures, being thankful and grateful for what you already have.

It is also recognized that you are striving towards greater goals, in working hard, in planting seeds so that you can harvest a bountiful crop, the desire for richness in quality of living.



 

The Ace symbolizes the fiery Nature both within and without, manifesting felicity and ecstasy together with speedy intelligence of the Heart and Mind.

In the clear and concise The Tarot Handbook by Angeles Arrien, it is pointed out that the Ace of Disks is success that is experienced both internally and externally. Internal success is represented by the four sets of angel wings, which represent the four levels of consciousness (mental, emotional, spiritual and physical). External success is symbolized by the coins within the coins and the crystals within the crystals in the centre of the symbol. This is success that is manifested internally and externally.



 


"When you pull this card, it is an indication that you are no longer willing to support the dichotomy of experiencing internal success and not external success, or the other dichotomy where you experience external success but not internal success. When you pull this card, it is an indication that there is the sense of success that has manifested deep inside as well as externally. This symbol is the highest of the manifestation cards, it is the capacity to manifest or produce what you want in both internal and external worlds."

- Angeles Arrien (The Tarot Handbook)
 


The Ace of Disks represents the opportunity to experience internal and external success that’s manifested equally within a year’s time. It also indicates that this experience could manifest in the earth sign months of Capricorn, Taurus and Virgo, and that there may be an experience of internal and external success with Capricorn, Taurus and Virgo people in your life.


       
 

The Ace of Disks symbolizes success that comes from being organized and centred internally and externally. When you draw this card, it’s an indication that this gift of practical organization and manifestation is able to be used and drawn upon for the next twelve months.

In the frisky Animals Divine Tarot by Lisa Hunt, the Ace of Pentacles is represented by the Guinea Pig. This persevering creature symbolizes working hard towards material goals and tangible gains.



 


"New opportunities begin to reveal themselves to you. The prospect of improving your life can only be achieved if you take the plunge and make a concerted effort to explore your options. Try to prepare a plan of action as you contemplate your goals and begin your quest to improve your quality of life. Make this a new cycle for expanded opportunities. Try to satisfy your material needs as well as your internal yearnings."

- Animals Divine Companion (Lisa Hunt)
 



 

In the colourful and energetic Shadowscapes Companion Tarot by Stephanie Pui-Mun Law and Barbara Moore, the Ace of Pentacles is all about the “possibility of prosperity, abundance and security. It is the promise of wealth and well-being, of flourishing and reaping the rewards of hard work. Energy spent will see returns. A seed has been dropped into the fertile earth. What will sprout from that seed? What strange flora will burst forth? The suit of pentacles is a promise that something will come, but it will require patience and work. What grows is what you make of it. The seed must be watered and nurtured, for nothing grows in a void, and success requires more than dreams and fantasies. Water with desire, nurture with faith, effort and diligence.”

 


"In ancient Egypt, the lizard was representative of good fortune and divine wisdom. They are the denizens of the earth and the guardians for the pentacles: salamanders, chameleons, dragons. They lead the way from nebulous dreams and the fantastic, ever-changing realms of desires and wishes into the reality of being, of tangible actuality, and of the world."

- Shadowscapes Companion (Stephanie Pui-Mun Law & Barbara Moore)
 



 

In the wonderful Learning the Tarot by Joan Bunning, the Ace of Pentacles represents the symbol of possibility in areas of prosperity, abundance, trust, security and groundedness. An enterprising seed of productivity has been planted in your Life. Now is a time to be real and centred. Seek out comfortable, reliable experiences that make you feel secure. Build a strong foundation of trust in your Life both within and without. Your common sense will guide you. Focus on the natural world to help you stay grounded. Enjoy your body and the joys of material existence.

 


"The Ace of Pentacles can be a sign that you will be able to make your dreams real. Your ideas are ready to be turned into something tangible. Figure out what will work and make it a reality. You can now attract all the wealth you need to get your projects going. Tap into the material force of the Ace of Pentacles, and all your enterprises will flourish."

- Learning the Tarot (Joan Bunning)
 



 

In Egypt, the Ace of Pentacles is symbolized by Sopdet, a representation of Summer and the Ascent of the Star Sirius. Sopdet translated is “she who is sharp”. Sopdet was identified with fertility and the annual flooding of the Nile. She is the consort of Sah (constellation of Orion) and the god Sopdu is their offspring.



 

The Ace of Disks is also known as “The Root of the Powers of the Earth”. In the resplendent Haindl Tarot, the Ace is symbolized by the eagle landing on the rock. This is the joining of the two realms of Earth and Sky, reality and Spirit, masculine and feminine. The Sky, Earth and Rainbow are Beautiful Gifts from the gods eternal, the manifestation of Health, Prosperity and Gorgeous weather.

In the succinct Understanding Aleister Crowley’s Thoth Tarot by Lon Milo DuQuette, the author makes a very interesting note;



 


"The Ace of Disks is nothing less than Crowley’s own magical signature. His motto, TO MEΓA ΦHEPION To Mega Therion, Greek for the Great Beast, is displayed on the perimeter of the disk, and his personal seal is placed in the very centre of all.

A decagon fits snuggly within the outer ring and seems to create ten facets that reach toward the centre and curiously end at the points of two five-sided polygons. Within the two polygons is a heptagram (Thelema’s Star of Babalon), and within the heptagram we find the Mark of the Beast.

The Mark of the Beast is made up of three intersecting circles. The uppermost circle contains a dot at its centre, creating the astrological symbol of the Sun. Cradling the Sun circle from below is an upturned crescent Moon. This symbol is rich in magical and Qabalistic symbolism.

 


The Ace of Pentacles has come into your Life as a reminder to show that you are manifesting both internal and external Success. Be joyful for this fact and keep striving on the glorious path of Life, in working hard to realize your goals and aspirations. Work hard now to sow the seeds which will flourish and bloom into a Bountiful harvest!



 

Guild Wars - Bloodstone Fen



 

POSITIVE PATH
 


-
Using Material Force -

Focusing on concrete results
Having a real-world impact
Working with the physical
Achieving tangible results
Improving the body/health
Becoming involved in Nature

 


- Flourishing and Prospering -

Having the means to reach a goal
Enjoying abundance
Drawing to you what you need
Seeing efforts rewarded
Increasing assets
Experiencing growth
 


- Being Practical -

Using common sense
Getting down to Earth
Taking advantage of what works
Being realistic
Grounding yourself in the real world
Accepting the tools at hand
 


- Proceeding with Trust -

Believing in the good faith of others
Feeling safe and protected
Knowing you have total security
Operating from a known position
Having a stable support system
Consolidating a firm base
 



 

WORLD AND OCCUPATION
 


- Fulfilling Your Destiny -

Bounty, Strength, Value, Potential
Improved circumstances, Authority
Fame, Promotion, Practical skill
Accomplishment, Investments, Power
Success, Opportunity, Efficiency
Creativity, Riches, Attainment, Luck
Hard work, Beginning, Commitment
Fortune, Success, Windfall, Acumen
Wealth, Reward, Foresight, Purchases
Quality, Status, Mastery, Security
Recognition, Start-up, Genius, Skill

 



 

NEGATIVE PATH
 


-
Succumbing to Failure -

Conflicts over money and property
Robbery, Miserliness, Failure
Bad intelligence, Negative attitude
Unappreciated gifts, Conservatism
Evil side of wealth, Superficiality
Excessive materialism, Embezzlement
Materialism, Rigidity, Cheap skate
False promises, Atheism, Waste
Contempt, Laziness, Envy

 



 

REVERSED
 


- Temporary Loss of Self -

Incompetence, Crime, Parsimony, Pain
Poverty-consciousness, Bankruptcy
Untrustworthy people, Apathy, Want
Material undoing, Poverty, Crudity
Bad investment, Lack of confidence
Disreputable allies, Hardship, Loss

Dietary problems, Triviality, Fraud
Inept business skills, Disorientation
Incorrect information, Short cuts
Impracticality, Shady dealings, Disdain
Sub-standard work, Inexperience, Delay
Banality, Warning, Illness, Paralysis

 

- The reversal asks to strengthen the positive and release the negative -
(Any path will always lead to both being fulfilled)



 




 


- Ace-Ace Pairs -
 


An Ace-Ace pair shows that a new Spirit is entering your Life.
It draws on the energy of the Ace of Pentacles;
prosperity, abundance, trust, security, groundedness plus:

 

Ace of Wands
Ace of Cups
Ace of Swords

 

 

creativity, excitement, adventure, courage, personal power
deep feelings, intimacy, attunement, compassion, love
intelligence, reason, justice, truth, clarity, perseverance

 

 


 

 

- Research sources -

Taroscopes by Michael Tsarion

Röhrig Tarot by Carl-W. Röhrig
Arcus Arcanum Tarot
by Hager Gunter
The Tarot Handbook
by Angeles Arrien
The Book of Thoth
by Aleister Crowley
Animals Divine Companion
by Lisa Hunt
Fantastical Creatures
by Lisa Hunt & D.J. Conway
Thoth Tarot by Aleister Crowley & Lady Frieda Harris
Radiant Rider-Waite Tarot by Pamela Colman Smith
Shadowscapes Companion
by Stephanie Pui-Mun Law & Barbara Moore
Understanding Aleister Crowley’s Thoth Tarot by Lon Milo DuQuette
Robin Wood Tarot
by Robin Wood & Michael Short
Kleopatra Tarot by Etta Stoico & Silvana Alasia
Connolly Tarot
by Eileen & Peter Paul Connolly
Learning the Tarot
by Joan Bunning
Haindl Tarot by
Hermann Haindl


 

 

 

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