The Five of Pentacles is not a card I like to see come up. Does anyone? For me it highlights abundance issues, which could be in health, wealth, time, or whatever it is that one fears they lack.
I’m a firm believer that you create your own reality. Things don’t just happen to you – you either cause them to happen or you allow them in. Sometimes you can see this easily because it’s simple cause and effect. Sometimes it’s the result of many years, or even lifetimes of complex interactions and soul contracts (or whatever you’re having yourself). That background can be of some use, but what’s really important is where you are now and what you are going to do about it.
Chances are there is a lesson to be learned before you can move on. We as people can be very good at not wanting to learn particular lessons, and often it is because incorporating that lesson into our lives will require us to do something different from what we are currently doing and/or give up something comfortable and familiar, even if we know we should because that something is an obstacle to our progress.
Looking at the RWS version of this card, we see two figures who are seemingly destitute. One of them is on crutches. They are in the cold and snow just outside a beautiful pentacle-filled, stained-glass window that is lit from behind – the building is currently occupied. The concept of Christian charity surely suggests that those inside the church should be helping the less fortunate outside. But here’s the question: have these two been cast out to fend for themselves, or are they so used to their situation that they can’t or won’t go inside and seek help from people who may not even be aware they are outside struggling?
Let’s not get too literal with this. I know some people shut down just hearing or reading the word “church”. In fact, maybe the light in this card represents the light from within yourself, and to begin to change the external negative appearance and begin healing you only need turn inward to that light.
Regardless of what you think that building represents, let’s focus on this: The people in this card seem to have an opportunity for help to improve their current situation. Can they see it? Will they take it? Could you? Would you?