Today’s card is the IX of Pentacles, a card that is favorable to female power and influence. The lady stands in a grape arbor surrounded by ripening fruit. She wears a robe decorated with a pattern of flowers that echo the symbol of Venus. She is not a Queen, but she has material power, and she holds a hooded bird of prey on her left wrist. She is able to strike swiftly on the offense. But her greatest challenge is not from enemies who declare themselves. A tiny snail creeps in the lower right corner, symbol of the micro-aggressions that come at us every day. All of us, really, but there is a weight of history that falls on women in particular. The lady must constantly deflect petty challenges that undermine her power.
What is the lesson?
In times like these we must use all of our powers. We protest outside the gates and lobby within the halls. Women’s personhood and equality are challenged for women both rich and poor. The situation demands solidarity despite our differences, and insight on the part of all. Now the hawk is hooded, but when she is released she is swift and sure.