Tarot Five Earth, Five Pentacles
Tarot Five Earth first decan of Taurus
Tarot Five Earth, Five Pentacles and each of the Minor Arcana cards numbered Five exhibit attributes of Geburah, the fifth sephira of the QBL.
Sephirothic Planetary Correspondence
The planetary correspondence of Geburah is Mars and each of the minor arcana cards numbered “Five” express its quality colored by their elemental suit: fire, water, air and earth.
These four suits correspond to the four worlds of the QBL. Fire Atziluth, Water Briah, Air Yetzirah and Earth Assiah.
In Astrology, the energies of Mars are violence, conflict, fear, suddenness and unsettled influences. This is because Five is the number of Geburah, also called PChD meaning fear, the sphere associated with Mars on the QBL Tree of life.
Mars can represent the suddenness of a first breath, life’s violent desire to be born, unconscious reaction to outside phenomena, all indicative of an Achilles type personality.
From these rash traits we can understand why the planet’s characteristics may be undesirable to those desiring to exist in a mundane world.
Astrological Decan Allocation
Tarot Five Earth, Five Pentacles, is the first decan of Taurus whose planetary attribution is Mercury. The Major Arcana card attributed to Taurus is the Hierophant.
The combination of Five Mars and the decan planetary attribute of Mercury is summed up by the card’s title of Material Trouble.
This card represents material struggle but with the possibility of future success. Making one’s way in the material world is often a struggle. Any superficial study of the natural world reveals this.
Mars combined with Mercury can be a sign of quick thinking and responses. However, it can also lead to blunt hostility and arguments whose repercussions are expressed in the title of Five Earth.
Regarding business or personal relationships, one needs to be on one’s guard with the appearance of this card if friction is to be avoided.
The card may also indicate the appearance of an unfavourable relationship or partner.
Material Trouble is also indicative of a new undertaking where the implications of success or failure are still to be determined because of a rush to begin.
With the appearance of this card, achievements consolidated under Power, Four of Earth, Sun in Capricorn, are threatened because of a tendency towards overconfidence or wasteral personality in an environment not conducive to growth.
This card speaks that restraint must be exercised in all physical undertakings if worries over money and health, because of the breakdown of achievement consolidated by the Four of Pentacles, is to be minimized.
Be aware also that an appearance of Five Earth can be an indicator of loss of communication with inner voices causing us to be thrown into a universe that appears uncaring and hostile.
Mercury’s fluidity is restricted by Taurus so we feel it to be paramount that we must dig in and be careful, especially when presented with new and original experiences or ideas. This maybe the cause for what we perceive as being a hostile financial and physical environment which may not be there at all except in our imaginings.
However, it never hurts to be aware and be cautious with the card’s appearance.
This card, probably more than any other, illustrates the state of confusion experienced by our forebears with the loss of guidance by ancestral voices.
The character qualities of the court card Prince of Earth are those best suited to receive and translate the specific ancestral voice of this decan.
The practicality of Prince of Earth offers a resolution to the troubles indicated by the card Material Trouble..
His steady personality and thinking is an illustration of how we should conduct ourselves in the hostile environment of the card’s influence.
Prince of Earth has the instinctive ability to determine practical uses and applications for items and thoughts and is adept at making positive decisions in regard to the selection of individuals for undertaking specific tasks.
In our failure to understand what any minor arcana card is saying, we should allow ourselves to be driven back on our inner voice for resolution.
In this example of Five of Earth, the conjunction of major arcana cards Hierophant and Magus, corresponding to Taurus and Mercury, are the specific signature of this decan and will be voiced through the personality type represented by the Prince of Earth.