What is the tangible evidence of my life's abundance? That's the question asked by the SIX OF PENTACLES / SIX OF BONES / SIX OF STONES / SUCCESS cards. What follows is a comparison of the imagery and interpretation of the Rider-Waite, The Haindl, and the Collective Tarot decks' respective six of the earth suit cards.
Rider-Waite pictures a wealthy person in richly colored robes doling out alms to figures in tattered clothing. In one hand, he gives away money to one of the figures, but he holds a scale balancing over the head of the other figure. He has enough money to give away some, but he does it judiciously, and with a mind towards balancing how much goes out where. Does he do this because he wants to ensure that everyone gets a fair share? So that he doesn't overextend his resources? So that he can overlord who gets gifts and who doesn't? The scales also indicate the sign Libra, an earth sign that loves beauty and balance-- does this figure embodying the abundance of generousity-inducing wealth mean to spread it to create more beauty in the world? Or does he mean to handout just enough to keep the poor in their place and quiet about it?
Haindl and the Collective tarot decks both show holes- Haindl's is a cave entrance, and the Collective's is a foxhole. The I Ching hexagram is 55, Abundance, which reverses to 56, the Wanderer. Abundance teaches us to "bale our hay while the sun is shining"- in other words, when it's going well, don't sabotage! The opposite pole of this is to wander, never knowing what abundance is, always in search of more, more more, staying small. Here we see stones placed around the cave door- six stones, the number of number of the Lovers card. This material abundance is the product of the combination of energies in love- it is abundant not only in its materiality but in its spirit of loving energy. The stones create two triangles- one pointing up, one down, indicating that abundance is on the earthly plane as much as it is on the heavenly. Rachel Pollock, in her book The Haindl Tarot: The Minor Arcana, points out the shape that the stones make is also in the Kabbalistic tree of life. In the center of the top of the tree of life, there is nothing. So in Haindl's card, the hole in the cave wall indicates the empty space. We must create space within us to accept abundance. Another interpretation is that worrying about the lack of the stone in the center does not fill the hole- but the hole may be a portal to further abundance.
Collective Tarot shows a smiling fox curled comfortably outside its home, a humble and cozy hole. A meal picked clean and a sweet little flower accompany the fox, and a clear sky with nothing in it, neither cloud nor even the color blue. This is the perfect balance of having *just* enough, no more, no less, to be happy. The mind is clear, all one's needs are met, and there is beauty in the simplicity of every moment. The symbol of the fox is often an indicator of cleverness or deceit- perhaps the meal and the hole were gotten by illicit means, but the means don't change the smile of satisfaction on the fox's face. A meal's a meal, and a home's a home to this fellow. It doesn't judge where they came from, it just enjoys the abundance.
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