One of the fundamental differences between myself and my husband is how we approach stuff that hasn't happened yet - aka, the future.
I tend to dive right in, tangling myself in what-ifs and worst case scenarios, catastrophising like a total pro, Nine of Swords style.
Hey, don't knock it - such obsessing has taken a lifetime to perfect!
Chris, on the other hand, is so super connected to the present moment that he often looks at me as if I've just descended from Mars and danced a jig around our living room when I start fretting about events days, weeks, months, even years from now.
"Imogen" he'll calmly say, "I can only imagine what it's like to live in your brain."
One of the things I love most about Chris is how easily he sinks into the present moment - he doesn't even have to try.
His usual point of focus is right now, fulfilling his needs as they arise. If it's time to work, he works. If it's time to relax, he relaxes. If he's hungry he makes a snack. If he's tired he takes a nap.
And if he's stretched out on a sun lounger beside the beautiful Sardinian sea, he actually - shock horror - allows himself to enjoy the moment as it unfolds.
It must be all the earthy Taurus and Capricorn energies in his chart, hiding sneakily behind his watery Pisces sun.
Living moment by moment with such ease is something really rather foreign to an over-thinker like me.
I find it admirable and quite alluring, actually.
There's something super sexy about rooting into the now as opposed to panicking over stuff beyond our control; an invitation to sink into the body fully and completely.
To me, Chris is very much the Knight of Pentacles in action, or rather he was when we were younger. Over the past decade I've watched him mature into the King of Pentacles, which suits my Queen of Cups vibes just fine!
The Knight of Pentacles is all about witnessing and experiencing the present moment, wherever we are along our path.
Unlike his adventure seeking cousin, the Knight of Wands, the Knight of Pentacles doesn't mind *being* where he is - and he encourages us to adopt a similar approach.
He understands, instinctively, without conscious effort, how enriching the present moment can be. He plugs into his senses with ease; seeing, tasting, smelling, hearing, touching his surroundings.
The Knight of Pentacles embodies the invitation we're all given upon birth to embrace and plug into the physical.
Before we incarnated we couldn't wait to get here!
To experience our body, to experience earth, from root to sky.
And as the Knight matures into the King of Pentacles, he eases into a new relationship with the future.
Responsible, committed, wise when it comes to building long-term plans, he both enjoys the present while preparing his next steps with maturity, without falling so far into the future that he leaves the present completely.
When the Knight of Pentacles makes an appearance in a reading we can see such energy as an opportunity for reconnecting with our senses and taking a moment to enjoy the scenery as we travel.
Any diversions, tangents, longer than expected stretches of road become an invitation to bear witness to the sensual nature of our time here on mama earth.
Notice the blue skies and birdsong, the blossoming rose, the scent of freshly cut grass, the babble of running water.
Marvel at the way in which your body moves, the reassuring rhythm of your heartbeat, the touch of your lover's fingertips upon your skin.
Pause to watch the sunrise and to honour the sunset, to notice the shifting of the seasons around you and the unfolding of your inner cycles over time.
There is infinite value contained within the present moment, far more than we can ever hope to capture in one lifetime.
But we can make a start, and commit to embracing as much as we can while we're here, inviting our loved ones to share in such mindful connection.
Underrated, is our Knight of Pentacles, for without him we would miss out on so many beautiful, essential, passionate moments.
I'm thankful I have Chris to help me tap into my inner Knight of Pentacles whenever I start to veer off track into a world of anxious make believe. (Of course, daydreams have their place too - more on that in a future post.)
If ever you're in need of a little grounding, call upon your inner Knight of Pentacles and ask him to show you the way.
Take a deep breath, wiggle your toes, bring your hands to your heart; you are here, and oh what a beautiful thing it is to be alive!