The energy of the ten of pentacles is about family, security, legacy, and stability.
Last night, home from work, my six year old son gave me something called a “Dad Book”, his invention. He had taken a copy book and filled every page with things we enjoy or like to do together. There was a picture of a playground, a football, a rocket, a “learning page” with the alphabet and all the single-digit numbers. On the last page he drew a picture of me. Of course, some of this artwork required interpretation, but that’s not the point. He was thrilled with his work and how he was able to make something for me that made me happy.
It’s wonderful to watch children develop and blossom in the primary school years, when they first learning what they like do, what they are good at, gradually growing from babies to toddlers to children while developing their own independence, self-confidence and self-esteem. These are the years, before they become teenagers, when mom and dad are still the smartest, bravest, strongest, tallest people in the room. The years when they can take for granted that, no matter what, there will be hot meals, clean clothes, cuddles and kisses, praise and acknowledgement, and a story at bedtime.
Except, of course, it isn’t always like that, and that can be heartbreaking. The world is full of refugees, orphans, broken homes, etc. And while we can give our time and our money to help make the situation better, we do not have the capacity put all the pieces back together for those children and give them back what they have lost – their innocence, their childhood, their sense of security. These children are forced to grow up and deal with adult issues at far too early an age, and there is little we can do about it.
We don’t have enough influence to change all this today, instantly and dramatically, on a global level. But we do have a great deal of control over what goes on in our own homes. How our children are treated, how safe, secure, and nurturing their environment is. As parents it’s our responsibility to make sure it is all of those things, no matter what.
The worry, stress and anxiety of the adult world is for adults to deal with. Any anger, anxiety or resentment, whether justified or not, is not something that should be handed down like a legacy. Even if you feel the earth is moving beneath your feet, everyone is against you, and you are one pay cheque away from the street, in this moment you are able to provide a safe environment. Tomorrow is another day.
As parents, we owe it to our children to heal ourselves or seek healing so that we are not energetically blocked and drained by the actual or potential threats to our own feelings of security, confidence and self-esteem. Our children deserve us to be clear and present in our own hearts and minds in order to better connect with and guide theirs. It’s not about covering up the cracks in the foundation. It’s about ensuring the foundation is solid, and being grateful that we have the opportunity to do that in a world where so many do not.