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Explorer of Earth (Knight of Pentacles) – Gaian Tarot Card of the Week

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Explorer of Earth (Knight of Pentacles)

Hmmm . . . yet another Explorer.  What’s up with that?  Well, by my definition Explorers reflect the “young adult” energy of exploring one’s options, heading out on a quest, looking for adventure, testing oneself.

How does that apply to me right now?  Last week I kept those fiery spinning orbs crazily swinging, yet managed to hold fast to my center.  This week, I’m wrapping up details of work for clients as I prepare to make a journey to the east coast to see my beloved family, including my grandbaby Grace.  The week after that, I’ll visit friends in Brooklyn then it’s off to the Readers Studio. An adventure to be sure!

The young woman in the image is a tracker, someone who intimately knows the ways of the forest and its creatures.  As she examines the earth for animal tracks, she looks up quickly when she hears a bird make an alarm call.  What does the bird signal? Will she notice the rare white deer behind her?   

Even so — how am I intimately connected to the natural world, and what might I be missing?

When I look at this image, I feel a sense of loss.  I’m not spending nearly as much time outside as I used to.  I tell myself it is because I have much less unstructured time than I had a few years back, which is true.  And yet that is my choice, is it not?  I am choosing to put my energies in different places.  

And yet I am exploring a different kind of earth energy — the earth energy of finances and business — as I work with Elizabeth Genco Purvis in her Abundant Business Mastermind group.  I’ve had such grievous financial losses over the last year that I am determined to increase my income, make up for those losses, and experience abundance in my financial life.  

And yet, and yet . . . on this fine Spring morning, the woods are calling my name . . .

And what about you, dear Reader?  What does the Explorer of Earth say to you?

Thoughtful, sparkling comments. . .

  • Lisa Hunt Mon - Apr 20th 2009 9:59 am

    Hi Joanna: I love those trees and I bet Lunaea would really dig that badger! It’s amazing how we tend to travel new journeys (not necessarily physical ones) no matter what life stage we find ourselves in. I don’t think we ever really displace that youthful energy/curiosity that directs us along paths of initial idealism. It’s always there imploring us to get outside and allow ourselves to feel giddy in the new day’s sun, even when the realities of life and finances tend to cloud our spontaneous desires. I think most of us feel that pull:inside realities vs. outer desires (or the other way around depending on how you look at it). But I don’t think we have to abandon responsibility in order to enjoy those things in life that infect us with joy. It sounds like you will be outdoors a lot during your trip: You’ll be mixing business and pleasure, responsibility and joy all coming together during a lovely East Coast excursion. Thank you for your thought provoking image and commentary! xo

  • Julie Tue - Apr 21st 2009 1:16 pm

    Hi Joanna,
    Like you say, the Earth suit is all about finances and business, and the Explorers are all about seeking and questing. This card really speaks to me this week. Next Tuesday I’ll be celebrating my one-year anniversary at my present company, and I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what I’m going to do next. I don’t expect I’m going to be staying here more than six months or so.
    In the meantime, I joined a network marketing company this week called SendOutCards, which might be my “white hart.” Or my “white hart” might be somewhere I’m just not looking yet. Only time will tell.
    So for me, this card symbolizes my quest for a new way to make money beyond my present job.
    Thanks for all your wonderful posts.

  • Kat Sat - Apr 25th 2009 2:32 pm

    I’ve been exhausted this week, and the reason why is that I’ve been literally cleaning out and letting go. This includes the decision to take down my two websites, because they both never really found their center. It’s a little heartbreaking but I just don’t have it in me to try and revamp them again.
    But with this purge I find myself more uncluttered and able to notice the basic desires of my life and wanting to feel everything. I am like the explorer in the forest, communing with the plants and creatures after a long time of being elsewhere mentally. I am home.
    I feel my focus is seeking me, perhaps already has found me (the white deer) and soon, when I turn around, we can begin on our new path together.
    Thank you Joanna, and good fortune to you on your trip here to the East Coast! Maybe I’ll see you next year at the Readers Studio (need more practice first.)
    *waves from Northwest New Jersey*

  • DragonSong Mon - Apr 27th 2009 12:22 pm

    This week I have been exploring a new divination system based on the runes…which are literally stones. It is meant to bring properity into my life as well as to bring clarity into the lives of many others. I am currently in “wonder” and “curiosity” as I open myself to see myriads of clues as I seek the patterns and connections that will form the basis of this system. As the principle in the card, I am seeing everything; and discerning what is best gatherered and what is best left behind. The white/spirit stag symbolizes that this is a spiritual quest, and is rooted in practices of the ancestors. Credit must be given where it is due.

  • Cate Thu - Apr 30th 2009 7:09 am

    I am still thinking about this gorgeous card, Sister Joanna. It is very very powerful, and it speaks to me, but I am not sure there are adequate words to describe the feeling.
    The young woman on the card looks much like my younger self – right down to her braids, and she is there in the greenwood where I have spent the happiest days of my life. There are no badgers east of the Great Lakes, but my woodland in Lanark is a sanctuary for many deer, and the magnificent buck on the card looks like my old friend, Gandalf. Lovely, lovely, lovely…