The Rider/Waite/Smith deck’s Ten of Pentacles is filled with symbols. We have an archway with a coat of arms, a checkerboard bordered tapestry, an old man, two adults, a child, and two dogs. The old man’s cloak is covered with grapes and magic symbols. His hair is white, but his beard is gold. He holds a wand in one hand and his other hand is touching the nose of one of the dogs. The female adult wears a red gown and the male a blue over cloak. The pentacles are arranged in a Tree of Life pattern. This card has to do with the legacy that is passed down from generation to generation through families. It could be material wealth, but also could represent the emotional and spiritual inheritance that moves through the circles of life. The child here is the only one paying attention to the old man. In Today’s Journey Tarot’s Ten of Earth, there is a grandfather telling stories to his grandchildren who are engrossed in his tales. Behind them other adults are busily preparing a family meal or engaged in other activities. The insight offered by the family legacy is the true bounty.
Teresa Sue McAdams, co-creator of “Today’s Journey Tarot”, co-author of “Today’s Journey Tarot, A Traveler’s Guide”, co-author of “Tarot Meditations, A Journal for Self Discovery”, and author of “Lessons, The Wisdom Within Each Moment”