Pages of Pentacles

It all begins with the Pages of Pentacles

According to Biddy Tarot “the Page of Pentacles, like the Pages of all four Tarot suits, brings a welcome message of new beginnings, inspiration and the initial stages of a creative project or venture. Since Pentacles rule the material realm and correspond to the element of earth, this Page symbolises a burgeoning awareness of the value of money, wealth, possessions, career, and physical health, and how to manifest more of these material blessings. You welcome new opportunities to your material life – a new job, a new business, or a financial windfall – and wish to discover how to turn your dreams into reality.

When the Page of Pentacles appears in a Tarot reading, you are tapping into your ability to manifest a personal goal or dream and may be in the midst of a new project such as a hobby, business venture, or the start of a new educational experience. You are excited about the possibilities and potential of what you put your mind to, knowing you can create whatever you want with focused intention and action”.

Women, referred to as Teal Independents, who stood for election in Australia’s Federal election and unseated sitting parliamentarians. Who are they and how did they upend Australia’s election?

Six “teal” women independents will replace Liberal (Conservative) men in parliament after their strong community-based campaigns in what were once known to be safe, blue-ribbon seats.

The Page of Pentacles embodies grounded energy and there is no doubt that these women were grounded in a reality, mobilizing the female vote and tapping into anger about gender issues, integrity and climate.

To understand the transformative nature of this seismic shift in Australian politics it is worth pointing out that 1902 Australia became the first nation to introduce equal federal suffrage. The enactment of the Commonwealth Franchise Act in that year allowed women to both vote and stand for election/ However, despite this ground-breaking legislation, it took another 41 years for the first women to be elected to the Australian Parliament. Prior to the Second World War, none of Australia’s major political parties supported female candidates for election to federal parliament. Women had run independently or through minor parties and none had received sufficient votes to win.

In 2014, just eight years ago, women made up just 26.7 per cent of the House of Representatives and 38.2 per cent of the Senate. Women are now projected to make up 57 per cent of the Senate and 37.1 per cent of the House of Representatives (an increase on the 29 per cent in the last parliament) once all votes have been counted.

One thing is certain now! The Teal Wave will make further inroads into Australian politics in the coming years. But, lets not forget the other Pages upon whose shoulders they stand, those first women who stood for and gained seats in Parliament

Page of Pentacles
What I have to offer this world matters a great deal. My mark will make all the difference.

Holistic Tarot – Affirmation by Benebell Wen.

They called it a “teal bath” as the results came flooding on Election night, leaving everyone asking the same question: who exactly are the teal candidates that won, and what will happen now they have a voice in Australia’s government?

Following her win, Sophie Scamps told Marie Claire that: “This is about genuinely trying to represent our community and take our voice and values to Canberra. We’re super excited. This is a win for democracy.” 

Of course, in this instance we don’t need to know what difference these women will ultimately make. It is enough that they hold the door open to help us understand the energy of the Page of Pentacles and how we might apply this energy in our own lives.

Creating a Unique Version

The Page of Pentacles from the Deviant Moon Tarot by Patrick Valenza.

It is indisputable that Patrick Valenza creates unique representations of characters such as the Page of Pentacles. He observes that the Page of Pentacles is an enterprising individual who puts his studies or beliefs into practical use and creates his own opportunities. There can be little doubt that the women featured here were not waiting for party pre-selection. Angered by inaction they proved to be resourceful. They were selective in who they would have support them, and, despite some suggestions otherwise, they manifested their own pathways.

Valenza’s Page “carries an enormous wrench that symbolizes his ever growing skills. His emerging talents will provide him with unlimited options for the future. However, his mismatched shoes indicate that he will be still trying to decide on which direction to travel in life.” Likewise, no one can predict what the future holds for these newly elected representatives.

  • Valenza states that “the unfinished Page is merely a metallic skeleton. He is just beginning to flesh out the features of his evolving character.” Create a card that expresses how you see the energy of and evolution of a Page of Pentacles

The Page of Pentacles is the force that breaks us out of our limitations, the worker that brings forth the fruits.

The Page of Pentacles And The World Tarot Cards Together

Reading Tarot combinations forms part of the bigger picture in how we link the cards together to reveal the story in our reading. This can be directly, such as side by side or in a simple line that reads like a sentence, or repeated themes from similar cards appearing in a larger spread.  

A Tarot card combination is the collective meaning of cards that appear together in the reading. The easiest way to recognise combinations is through their relationship to one another based on a shared meaning; so cards that have similar meaning strengthen and reinforce one another.

In this instance, when we lay the Page of Pentacles alongside the World card we can make some future predictions about the events that have taken place in Australian politics in 2022.

How do these cards help form a picture of the events described here? What other combinations can you work with to enhance your understanding of how the Page of Pentacles energetic is present in the phenomenon of the Teal Candidates. How can you apply this energetic to your own life?

Filling that Blank Page

Imagine you are in the scene depicted in the Page of Pentacles. Describe exactly what this scene looks like. Include details about what you are wearing.

What is something that fascinates you and will propel you to take action to fulfill a dream? Take a leaf out of the ‘Teals’ approach. Stop dreaming and start doing? Take the first crucial steps and record your actions in a journal.

Create and write about a character with Page of Pentacles energy who enters the scene, bringing with them a feeling of transformation.

Do some research and identify women who exude this energy. Our Tarot by Sarah Shipman features Mary Lou Williams. Perhaps you may reconnect with an ancestor who left a firm footprint. What lessons do you take away from the people you identify?

Seek out mentors and guides who will inspire you to take action.

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