When you're not strong
And I'll be your friend
I'll help you carry on"*
To be somewhere long enough to be invited to dinner at a family home, brings a body to the rock of nostalgia. Ah. I remember evenings spent around a bountiful table, and laughter, and generations coming together, to celebrate and be thankful for what we have.
I arrived at the manor house of the elder of the family, and found him sitting happily as his two grandchildren gathered around him, offering him the gifts they had brought just for him. Even the dog looked up expectantly for that hand to frisk his head. The love that I saw there was of the most genuine kind. Behind them, I could see the stately home, with exquisite growth of old and new bushes and trees. In the courtyard, the parents stood for a moment of loving togetherness, enjoying the gift of family and each other.
My first impression of this card was that this is completeness, the full range of family, a happy gathering, full of potential. The evolution from one to two to three and four; the evolution from young to old; a timeline of life.
The image shows great richness and abundance here, in all aspects of life: spiritual, emotional, mental and physical. This is domestic bliss. Within the arch that curves up over the scene, between the twilight of life (the grandfather) and the parents (The Lovers), ten pentacles sit upon the pedestal (as was seen in the Ace), now piled high with the experiences and achievements of a life well lived. Here is a living example of the potential come to fruition of the suit of Pentacles; of the Earth. Here is prosperity and contentment.
*Song for Ten of Pentacles: Lean On Me by Bill Withers