Between a Rock and a Hard Place

5 of Pentacles Victorian Romantic Tarot

“Until we can receive with an open heart, we’re never really giving with an open heart. When we attach judgment to receiving help, we knowingly or unknowingly attach judgment to giving help.”
― Brené Brown

It is always wonderful when a Tarot daily draw card coincides exactly with an astrological event. Mercury is going retrograde today and today’s card is 5 of Pentacles, Mercury in Taurus. Taurus also happens to be ruled by Venus, ruler of Libra – the sign which Mercury will be doing its backward dance in over the next three weeks.

Mercury rules the intellect and communication and in earthy Taurus, all the process associated with Mercury slow down. Solutions to problems may not spring to mind as quickly as they normally do. 5 is the number or hardship and conflict. Together all these influences spell poverty and dis-ease.

But there is more to the message of this card. At a glance it may appear rather grim as none of us like the idea of becoming ill or destitute. But the truth is that in our lifetime we all have to navigate spaces of less than ideal comfort levels and what this card wants to remind us of is that when we do, we’re not alone!

There is spiritual assistance to be had and our nearest and dearest will also be there for us, as long as we remember to ask for help. This is not a time to allow pride to keep us from asking, whether it be for help with our health or finances.

“What is home? My favorite definition is “a safe place,” a place where one is free from attack, a place where one experiences secure relationships and affirmation. It’s a place where people share and understand each other. Its relationships are nurturing. The people in it do not need to be perfect; instead, they need to be honest, loving, supportive, recognizing a common humanity that makes all of us vulnerable.”
― Gladys M. Hunt


Affirmation: “I am OK with asking for help.”

5 of Pentacles Prayer

Dear Mother-Father God (or whichever higher power you acknowledge), thank you for sending loving support when times are tough. Help me remember to ask for help instead of struggling needlessly on my own. So mote it be! (Listen to prayer on Instagram)

Correspondences for the 5 of Pentacles

Planet: Mercury

Zodiac Sign: Taurus

Archangel: Raphael (Mercury) and Chamuel/Anael (angel of Taurus)

Gemstone: Green and yellow calcite, rose quartz

Scent: Myrrh, orange and patchouli

Deck used: Victorian Romantic Tarot


Blessed be!