Nine of Vessels: Generosity


As a budding tarot reader, I thought it would be a fun little exercise to pull a card and to do a little synopsis of it, and to amass information  from several different sources and integrate it with my knowledge of the tarot for all to enjoy. I will be pulling these cards from one of two decks periodically. In my employ, I have the beautiful Wildwood Tarot, as well as my starter deck, the Gilded Tarot, both of which are extremely powerful decks that have aided tremendously in my spiritual growth.

Today, I pulled a card from the Wildwood Tarot. The card is Nine of Vessels, and the key message here is Generosity.

The lesson of the Generosity card is quite clear, without even looking at the text, it is easy to see that this card is all about celebrating your abundance by giving to others, and by giving to others, you are ultimately rewarding yourself with future good fortune. It is very important to take a close look at the true meaning of abundance here, for abundance is not simply material possessions. Even when we are at our lowest we have something to give: a smile, a compliment, a kind gesture. The idea here is that we have the choice to ensure our own good fortune by gifting it to others.

The saying, “you reap what you sow,” applies here. The energy and thoughts that you cultivate and send out into the universe will likewise be delivered back to you in turn. Therefore, if you proceed with judgment or out of fear, you will soon encounter these themes in your own life.

You will be presented with an opportunity to learn the very lesson of the Generosity card, and if you do not heed that lesson, you will be destined to repeat it until you find absolution. “What you resist, persists,” in this case.

In the Wildwood Tarot Companion (most often you will find that Tarot decks come with a book to guide you through their interpretations of the cards), Mark Ryan and John Matthews included these insightful words on the Generosity card:

“To recognize and acknowledge that you are merely a conduit for this abundant, enriching blessing, and to let it flow through you and into others’ lives, allows your good fortune to circulate and your positive momentum to carry others with you. By freely giving of your time, support, and energy, the blessing of the divine surrounds you.”

I found a poem by Kahlil Gibran to be equally thought-provoking:

“Then said a rich man, “Speak to us of Giving,”

And he answered:

“You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.

“For what are your possessions but things you keep and guard for fear you may need them tomorrow?

“And tomorrow, what shall tomorrow bring to the over-prudent dog burying bones in the trackless sand as he follows the pilgrims to the Holy City?

“And what is fear of need but need itself?

“Is not dread of thirst when your well is full thirst that is unquenchable?”

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