The knight of pentacles is not the fastest knight, the smartest knight or the most exciting knight. But he is steady and sturdy. He might not be the life of the party, but he’ll make sure everyone has enough to eat and that you get home safely.
This knight is focussed on the practical. In the RWS deck, his full attention is on the large, golden pentacle in his right hand, which seems to shine brightly like the sun and fill the sky with light. The panorama of tilled farmland in the background suggests that much work has been done, and there is much left to go. Like the crops growing, it won’t happen quickly, but it will happen provided he remains dedicated to the task.
Having moved house recently (ok, more like five months ago), I can appreciate what he is telling me. The last house had such vast attic space that we were able to keep our hoarded goods without having to look at them. The new house has much more living space, but there is no hiding all the stuff we accumulated over the years. So with intentions of doing some serious decluttering (eventually) we stuffed the surplus into a dining room we weren’t using and shut the door while we sorted out the rest of the house. (The kitchen is large enough to accommodate our own dining room table without getting in the way of other kitchen business.). Then summer came, four small children were home from school all day and… you know how it is.
But wanting to use the dining space as a computer room/home studio we eventually had to face the elephant shaped pile of boxes in the room. We attempted to do that last weekend, and we made great progress before we collapsed, but some jobs just can’t be completed in one day. Turning a filled storage space into a music studio while trying to decide what clutter you can part with and reinstalling all your software on a replacement hard drive is one of them.
The knight of pentacles reminds us to keep our heads down and our eyes focussed on our work. Just keep moving forward at a steady pace. Focus on the process, not the result. The result will come. Don’t be distracted by how far away you may be from realizing your goal and how much there is to do before you achieve it. You’ll get there if you keep going.