“Everyone must leave something behind when he dies . . . Something your hand touched some way so your soul has somewhere to go when you die . . . It doesn’t matter what you do, so long as you change something from the way it was before you touched it into something that’s like you after you take your hands away.”
― Ray Bradbury
In the 10 of Pentacles we are made to consider the bigger picture and how one generation follows after the previous generation, as well as how we bring the legacy of our own bloodline forward. You are not dumped here on the planet in complete isolation. The greater context of your family and ancestors is what frames your life and provides information that you subconsciously use to decide what is meaningful in life.
You have a soul contract with your bloodline and if you awaken in this lifetime, that soul contract includes healing of that bloodline, both for future and past generations – Yes, you can heal the past with the power of love and spiritual awareness!
Less important is the physical legacy you leave behind but to leave something made with your own hands can have a powerfully comforting influence on future generations and those who love you. Part of your energy will remain with that object forever. (Oh, and I say ‘love’ rather than ‘loved’ because your spirit is eternal and love never dies.)
“We don’t inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.”
― David Brower
The quote above reminds us that a legacy is not only what we leave behind but also what we don’t leave behind… the rubbish and toxicity our greed has generated… the dependency on machines and the compartmentalisation of our lives that lead to isolation. Some things need to change and inevitably will once we all awaken to the fact that we are One.
Affirmation: “I gratefully acknowledge my bloodline and bless it seven generations in either direction.”
10 of Pentacles Prayer
Dear Mother-Father God (or whichever higher power you acknowledge), Thank you for my family. Bless my effort to create stability and leave a legacy for future generations. So mote it be!
Correspondences for the 10 of Pentacles
Zodiac Sign: Virgo
Archangel: Raphael (ruler of the Mercury) and Metatron (angel of Virgo)
Gemstone: Herkimer diamond, peridot and malachite
Scent: Basil, frankincense and geranium
The 10 of Pentacles in Love and Relationships
Form is given to the emotional energy of the 10 of Cups which is a prerequisite for the 10 of Pentacles energy to take hold. It’s only when we feel emotionally safe and contained that we can look to the wellbeing of future generations.
You are looking at someone you will help look after your grandchildren with if you are reading for a new love and this card shows up with the other love cards. However, if ill-dignified or reversed, there could be undue focus on material wealth.
Worry about finances and not having enough could be eating away at the relationship. One or both of you could view financial stability as paramount to relationship stability when really it is the other way around.
A single person could show up as a gold digger if this card is accompanied by the 7 of Swords.
Sexually this is a card of great contentment and the ability to enjoy the full spectrum of sensual pleasures together but it can also be a card of technique over emotion and being overly concerned with both the physical form and the performance. OCD about hygiene could be an issue.
The 10 of Pentacles may seem permanent but remember that nothing lasts forever. This may be a comforting thought when you are going through the oppressive 10 of Wands or the extremely painful 10 of Swords.
It is always best to be situated at the hub of the great Wheel because one thing is for certain – the Wheel keeps on turning and the more serene we can be about it, the better.