Card of the Day: Four of Plates

4 of plates editThis card is based on the paintings of Northern Renaissance artist Marinus Van Reymerswale, whose specialty was painting money lenders and bankers. These are men with great power, and traditionally, this card represents power in the earthly plane. With that power comes the opportunity to respond in different ways to the presence of money.

You can respond like the top figure, by pointing out your wealth “See what I’ve got?”, and scooping more into your plate. You can respond like the figure next to him with a self-satisfied aloofness, “Here is what I’ve got, and you’ll never have this much.” You can respond like the figure on the far left and go mad with acquisitiveness, driven mad by your money. Or, like the figure at the bottom of the page, you could just simply be with the money you have, allowing yourself to feel the power of it, but not be overtaken by it. There are lessons to be learned from each of these ways to respond to the power of money.

When you draw this card, you are asked to examine the aspects of your relationship to earthly power, and one of its main representatives, money. What is your relationship with money?