Satisfaction, achievement, independence
Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn
THE CARD’S STORY BY: MONIKA PTOK-BYARD
This past summer I got to visit a friend’s vineyard and learn all about wine and the plants and what it takes to grow them. It inspired me to say the least and I decided to make the Nine of Pentacles a Green Man (or a Green Woman in this case). This is a card about being self-sufficient, enjoying the luxury of what you have and how hard you have worked for it, so this Green Woman is basking in her own growth, her lush leaves and growing grapes.
THE CARD’S MESSAGE BY TRISH SULLIVAN
Satisfied, even proud, a Green Woman looks out on the fruits of her labors. She has tended the vines, and now the harvest is more than even she ever expected. A falcon perches at her head, content and controlled, a symbol of her intellectual power. There’s always more you could be doing, but that doesn’t mean you should. You need downtime, to treat yourself, to remind yourself of the reasons WHY you work so hard. So stop, and relax, take the time to celebrate your achievements, to enjoy the success and independence that you’ve earned, secure in the knowledge that as long as you continue to work hard, you will continue to be able to treat yourself on occasion.
MYTHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION: GREEN MAN (WOMAN)
Dating back as far as ancient Roman architecture, there are many depictions of the Green Man in relation to Dionysus the leaf-crowned lord of the wilderness. These leaf-faced figures are thought to represent nature spirits and deities from a range of mythologies, including the folklore figures celebrated on May Day in Europe, the Celtic nature god Cernuous, and Pan in Greek mythology. Th e fruitfulness of this figure, with leaves literally covering his (or in this case her) face made us feel that she was an ideal image for this card.
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