Eight of Coins (trimmed):
© Margarete Petersen Tarot
Isn’t this a beautiful image? The idea of a single leaf telling an entire story…the tree it belongs to, its roots – in some ways it seems to reflect some of the Three of Pentacles/Coins attributes, co-operating, connecting with others to create a whole. But in terms of the Eight and the idea of balance (2) and stability (4), this is even bigger than the Three – the nourishment from roots, drawing up nutrients from the earth (Pentacles, after all!).
Margarete Petersen, in her LWB, talks about the boundaries of the Four, and the ‘cosmic dimensions’ of the Eight. More numerology! In anything involving boundaries, we’re going to have to exercise prudence – unless we’re going to exceed those boundaries. This is the Sun in Virgo card (and the card associated with Virgo is the Hermit, also linked – by some writers – with Prudence, so it’s all linked: don’t you just love all this stuff?!?!); let the sun nourish you as you grow, paying attention to all those connections. MP also writes “If you look closely at a leaf, whole worlds will open up” – the close inspection of Virgo shining light.
Earth nourishes, provides the tools;
We, with care, create the jewels.
Margarete Petersen Tarot, AGM-URANIA/Deep Books. 2004.