An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy.
“It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.” He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.”
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”
The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”
Well, well, well… Hello Mr. Devil and Mr. Knight of Pentacles. It seems the two of you are ganging up on me today. I gotta tell ya, I really don’t have time for Big Life Lessons right now. I’ve got paintings to paint, things to write, plus I’m trying to be all fluffy and spiritual, and enlightened and stuff. So let me get straight to it: What message do you need me to receive today for my highest good?
We’re here with a warning to your Higher Self. You’re in danger. Not in physical danger — although illness could manifest if you’re not mindful. Not in danger from others, either. No, the danger you’re facing comes from deep within your own psyche, from that place where you hide all the selfish thoughts, the resentments and attachments, the guilt and the shame. That said, we don’t want you to feel guilty about these feelings. This is the darkness we all carry inside us during a human life — we don’t want you to give it more power than it deserves. The question is only whether you’re aware of how this darkness manifests in your life. How does your ego, your attachments to things, relationships, and situations, prevent you from truly shining in your life?
When the Knight of Pentacles appears after The Devil, we’re showing you how to check your privilege. There are countless other humans who would trade places with you in a heartbeat. Where you see limitation, others would see opportunity. Where you feel suffering, others would feel abundant. So don’t be tempted by wishful thinking, as if something or someone outside of yourself is going to remove those chains for you. You’re the only one who can do that. In fact, it’s your job and yours alone to make it so. You have the talent within yourself to free yourself from any egoic attachment. Look how loosely you’re bound after all!
Understand the ways in which you sabotage yourself. Look for the repeating patterns of your life, where you’ve gone for a band-aid fix, rather than a commitment to steady, slow growth. Remember the old Cherokee fable of the two wolves. Feed what you want to see grow in your life. When you do that, what is unwanted or painful will fade away in the natural passage of time.
Devil and Knight of Pentacles