9 of Pentacles: The Lady in the Garden
Copyrighted by Lorna Tedder. Originally published in Third Degree of Truth.
Iâ€™m not sure what happened to author Jill Jones. I lost track of Â her. I used to read her â€œliterary suspenseâ€ novels from St. Martinâ€™s Press in the 90â€™s and weâ€™d meet up at various writersâ€™ conferences Â and talk about various New Age Â topics. We both liked a bit of paranormal Â in our stories and thought the Â world of Jennifer Enderlin, her editor at SMP.
I donâ€™t know. Maybe other people go to conventions and conferences to drink and get frisky, but my group of writer-pals Â always Â ended Â up Â back Â in Â someoneâ€™s Â room, having pizza delivered while we got out the Tarot cards and Â laid Â them Â out Â for Â our Â favorite Â editors Â and Â talked about our wishes and dreams both as women and as writers and editors. I donâ€™t remember any specifics of any of those readings Â but Â I Â remember Â Jill once telling me she wanted to attend to a party that had a Tarot theme and that she wanted a costume so she could come dressed as her favorite Tarot cardâ€”the 9 of pentacles of the Rider- Waite deck, aka The Lady in the Garden.
Over time, that card became one of my favorites as well, but only for the prettiness of it. It wasnâ€™t an archetype for me.
She is Â the Â content Â and Â prosperous Â woman Â who Â is close to nature and serenely secluded in her garden. Sheâ€™s there by choice, alone for the Â moment, but perfectly at peace. She has it allâ€”a wealth of just being and being at ease with herself. Pentacles are usually related to physical prosperityÂ but Â Iâ€™ve Â always Â thought Â of Â this Â card Â as Â the woman who is Â the mistress of all she surveys, including her own life.
In the past year, this card has been increasingly drawing my attention. Â Iâ€™ve been told several times that I will merge more with this Â archetype, especially this autumn, finally sharing in her nature. My intuitive friends have regarded this card and subsequently described a certain orange-y flower at my feet, representative Â of a manâ€™s lusty orange energy, Â and my own energyâ€”a Â deep raspberry- pinkâ€”hinted at by similarly hued roses and flowers in my garden.
Iâ€™m seeing Â orange Â zinniasâ€”or Â something Â similarâ€” planted all over my neighborhood. Â The ones in my own yard have flourished as have the raspberry-pink flowers.
Today, Autumn was in the air here. A beautiful, clear day with no Â humidity and a hint of coming abundance. My favorite time of the year. Even if it was in the 80â€™s!
But walking Â barefoot Â across Â my Â newly Â built Â patio, built with the summer sweat of my own labors, and then into the grass and among the Â flowers, I felt very much like the Lady in the Garden. Alone amid the Â beauty of nature and enjoying the serenity.
I think I can safely add the Lady in the Garden to my usual card, the Queen of Wands, and to the new arche- type I seem to be morphing into, the Queen of Swords, who has gone from victimhood to strength.
Three cards? Of course. Just different facets of who I am. And I like that.