Mythic Tarot

Tarot Readings from Greek Mythology


Dec 2nd Apollo card

Posted on December 2, 2013 at 1:30 PM

Today's card is the Five of Pentacles. Here in the suit of Pentacles we learn the story of Daedalus. Fittingly, the suit of Pentacles deals with material reality (symbolized as coins.) Daedalus was a master craftsman that was reputed to have been trained by Athene herself. He is credited with the invention of the saw and the axe. While he was very good at what he did, his nephew, Talos, was starting to do smith work and he was better than Daedalus. At a very young age the boy invented the potter's wheel and the compass. Daedalus became so jealous of the boys talent that he killed the 12-year old boy and fled from his home of Athens to Crete where King Minos took him in. Daedalus served as the royal smith for some time before the King managed to offend Poseidon by not sacrificing a prize white bull on the earth shaker's alter. Poseidon's vengeance took hold of Pasiphae, the queen, as a powerful lust for the white bull that Minos failed to sacrifice. Pasiphae convinced Daedalus to build a wooden cow that she crouched in so that she could couple with the beast. The result of that union was the Minotaur. King Minos, unaware of the smith's role in the union, then convinced Daedalus to build the famed Labyrinth to hide the beast. Then along comes the hero Theseus, to slay the Minotaur. Ariadne, the daughter of Minos, fell in love with Theseus and asked Daedalus for a way for Theseus to enter the maze and find his way back out again after slaying the Minotaur. Again, Daedalus went against the wishes of his benefactor and gave the girl a ball of golden thread. She stood at the entrance to the labyrinth holding one end while Theseus entered the maze with the other. After slaying the minotaur, he was then able to retrace the thread back to the entrance and escape the maze. King Minos discovered Daedalus' role in this and had him thrown into the labyrinth as punishment. Pasiphae helped him by bringing him beeswax, wood and feathers which Daedalus fashioned into a set of wings to escape the labyrinth by flying from the highest tower of the maze.


The Five of Pentacles touches the story of Daedalus as he is fleeing from his home of Athens after having killed his nephew. He was caught in the act of trying to hide the body and managed to escape before he could be punished for his crime. While he was an excellent craftsman, he ended up leaving Athens as a pauper, with nothing to his name, but his skill.

This card signifies a period of financial loss or difficulty. There is also an associated loss in faith of oneself. Because people tie there self-worth to their material worth so completely, there is a natural inclination (in modern society) to feel that a material loss applies as a weakness of character as well; a failure to meet the challenge that resulted in the material loss. The lesson here is to learn to let go. The loss was inevitable based on the path that was being walked. But now there is a chance to reorient oneself upon the path; to become greater then they were before by growing from the experience and strengthening their character and resolve. In this manner one can meet the challenge of competition and thrive, rather than just hope to maintain the status quo or flounder in the face of new challenges.

For myself, the relevance is in my current financial situation. I find myself able to pay most of my bills each month, but there usually is at least one that gets pushed off until more funds come in. The lesson here is to not think that is in any way reflects on my character or personality. I am an entrepreneur and this is merely part of the growing phase of starting my own business (not related to this website, BTW.) Focusing on the skills that I have and developing other skills is the best answer to this challenge. Learn and grow rather than try to hold on to the way things used to be.

Categories: Personal reading

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