A few years ago one of my favorite white queer activists and performers, Annie Danger did a wonderful performance at the National Queer Arts Festival where she spoke about privilege and encouraged everyone in the room to be honest about the ways in which we all have some amount of it. She talked about how if we own our privilege instead of denying it, we can actually contribute and make real change (no pun intended) in the world and our communities. It was refreshing to hear someone talk about privilege in the context of having it, rather than making it strictly about what other people have.
It's important, as we own our privilege and decide to use it for good, that we do not put ourselves above others who may have less of it in certain areas. To some, this card is about charity and benevolence. To me it is a reflection of power over: someone holds the scales of justice as they hand out coins to two people on their knees.
When we pull the SIX of PENTACLES, we can ask ourselves which person might we be in the card? Are we in the position of being able to help someone who may be less privileged than we are? If so, we need to understand that we are in a position to both help and harm others. We have both assets and justice in our hands. How do we make it so that those we are helping have access to both?
Are we in a position of feeling we are barely worthy of the little bits of change coming to us? Gratitude and humility are great things to feel, but let's remember that we are not less deserving than those who have access to wealth and justice. How do we empower ourselves as we receive help from others?
Chances are, folks reading this have experience with each position in this card.
This is one of those cards that has so many different potential meanings, feel free to share your insight on the SIX of PENTACLES.