Artist: Helena Reis
Possession, security, material focus, control
“This card generates positive and negative perceptions. On one hand, it signifies you have accomplished many of your goals and have attained material wealth in the process. On the other hand, there’s a risk that you will come to value only material wealth, becoming possessive, or greedy to ensure that no-one takes it away.
I tried to paint a woman pleased with her accomplishments, but instead of celebrating with everyone else (the circus in the background), she is holding on to her wealth like it’s the most important thing. (Inspired by the many paintings depicting Madonna and Child)”
A robed figure stands in front of the carnival, three pentacle coins clasped to her chest. A fourth pentacle is worn, halo-like around her head. She has been given the opportunity to visit the circus, to take some time out from her ususal duties and enjoy herself. But she hesitates, the money in her hands clasping her “wealth” to her chest. She cannot convince herself to share the wealth with the carnival, to spend some of her money on joy.
This card warns us that money should be enjoyed, rather than hoarded. Material success is wonderful, reducing worries and stress, but it is a stepping stone, rather than the end of a journey. Work should be built on, money should be spent to improve your life, rather than collected greedily and ultimately becoming a banner to our own happiness.
Astrological Element & Association
Earth / Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn
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