This gold egg is nestled safely amongst a bed of wheat, carefully held and protected whilst we figure out what it means.
Side note: with the three egg cards I’m feeling a bit out of my depth and actually, given where these cards are in the deck, this feels appropriate. We are in the spirit suit, a suit which is beyond body and mind and much more focused on intuition, feeling and archetypes.
The first thing that came to mind when I started writing this was the goose that laid the golden egg. Also told as a hen which lays golden eggs, this fable teaches us to be patient and not let greed get the better of us. Taking care of the hen to a high standard creates riches and abundance. We reap what we sow. There is no “golden egg opportunity”, no get rich quick scheme. Harvests come when we show up regularly, when we put in the work, when we do the tough stuff.
It feels like this card is asking us to nurture and care for and find the treasure within us and around us. The more we appreciate our own gold, the more we will find within us and others. Put it the work you need to do to tune into your own wonder and abundance. Whether that’s meditation, noticing the little things, prayer or whatever works for you, do it!
Other things to think about when it comes to the golden egg include…
- The Burmese tale of a dragon princess who was impregnated by the solar spirit and laid three eggs. A hunter took these away and broke the one golden egg which turned into numerous rubies and gems. This reminds me a bit of the four of pentacles in the wild unknown tarot deck and the abundance discussion raised by the shark card. Be careful of getting too caught up in protecting what you have that you miss out on what you could have.
- Think of the egg itself, a symbol of fertility, of potential life and creation. The eggshell is there to protect something which is incubating, something not quite ready to emerge into the world. And then think about what gold symbolises and means to you. It is often seen as high value, causing greed and corruption, temptation, success… Combine these ideas and see where your mind takes you.
- Also think what a golden egg shell would mean. As we see in the Russian folktale, Ryaba the Hen, golden eggs are hard to break. One interpretation of this tale ties into the point touched on in the Burmese story – you can’t have your cake and eat it – but how else could you read an almost unbreakable shell? For me, this could echo the moral of the goose fable. To reach your goals – breaking the egg open – you have to put in the effort.
- Some versions of the story say that Brahma, the Hindu creator, appeared from a golden egg that floated in universal waters. Similarly, a Korean story tells of six golden eggs which hatched into kings.
- According to H.P. Blavatsky in The Secret Doctrine, which I know nothing at all about, the golden egg is one of three phases of eggs which create the universe. The golden egg is surrounded by 7 elements; earth, air, fire, water and three secret ones. I think, but could be very wrong as all the writing feels very cryptic, that the masculine was created in the golden egg stage.
What does the golden egg say to you?