"Hand holding a rose branch with white roses and buds, each of which touch a pentacle, arranged thus:
Above and below Luna and Taurus represent the Decanate.
"Success and gain in material undertakings, power, influence, rank, nobility, rule over the people. Fortunate, successful, just and liberal. If ill-dignified, may be purse-proud, insolent from success, or prodigal.
The Six of Pentacles is Tiphareth in the scale of Assiah. It is solar beauty in the Active World of Matter. The number six in all four suits represents the balanced formation of the powers of the elements. In the suit of Earth, the harmonious Solar energy of
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"Above and below them are the symbols Sol and Virgo for the Decan.
"Over-careful in small things at the expense of the great. 'Penny-wise and pound-foolish.' Gain of ready money in small sums. Mean, avariciousness. Industrious, cultivation of land, hoarding, lacking in enterprise.
"Hod of Heh Final. (Skill, prudence, cunning.) Therein rule those mighty angels Akaiah and Kehethel."
The Eight of Pentacles is Hod in the scale of Assiah. It is Mercurial Splendor in the Active World of Matter. The number eight is beneficial to the suit of Earth because it symbolizes the highest spiritual phase of Mercury, who is exalted in the earthy sign of Virgo. Here combined with the life-giving rays of the Sun, Mercury's influence is that of practical intelligence bestowed upon material projects. The effect of Virgo however is that of paying too much attention to minor details. There is a genuine pragmatic attempt to apply energy wisely and with prudence, but the danger is that wise choices may not be made if too much nit-picking occurs.
In the Eight of Pentacles, the flashing Earth colors are predominant. The feminine hand holds the rose branch of eight disks. Only four white roses are shown touching the lower four pentacles. This implies that the energy is used prudently, only when needed; but it also implies the danger of using energy unwisely by not applying it to greater uses. The background color is yellow-brown flecked white, the color of Hod in the World of Assiah. Brown is a mixture of the three primary colors red, yellow and blue ... the three Mother Letters. Yellow-brown indicates the influence of the primal elements represented by the Three Mothers acting through the mental, Mercurial Air upon the Earthy Realm of Assiah. The white flecks allude to Spirit and the flashing color of black (Earth).
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The pathology of the poet says that the undevout astronomer is mad the pathology of the very plain man says that the genius is mad and between these extremes, which stand for ten thousand analogous excesses, the sovereign reason takes the part of a moderator and does what it can. I do not think that there is a pathology of the occult dedications, but about their extravagances no one can question, and it is not less difficult than thankless to act as a moderator regarding them.