Queen of Pentacles: Nurturing Mother

I picked one of prettiest cards in the deck today — the Queen in her garden, surrounded with beauty. I am particularly jealous of her rose vine, while I sit in my little box in the sky surrounded by melting snow and shades of grey. Today, feels a bit lighter as the sun is shining and breaking through the gloominess. But don’t be fooled, winter is not over. This is just a brief respite before the polar vortex hits.

Perhaps this is a reminder that though winter appears to kill all vegetation and greenery, eventually spring does arrive. The hope that comes with the tiny sprouts that push through the snow, when spring finally arrives. And the full bloom of summer when nature shows us all its fantastic colours and it’s hard to imagine being cold in the heat of the sun. I can’t wait for that.

Queen of Pentacles from the Rider-Waite Tarot Deck

What you see: A woman sits on her throne and looks down at the the pentacle she holds in her lap. Her throne has carvings of a ram’s head, cherubs and fruits. She wears a red gown with a white tunic inside and a green cape. She is in a lush garden with a rabbit and flowers at her feet, and a vine of red roses above her. In the distance you can see mountains and a river.

What it means: The Queen looks lovingly at the pentacle in her arms. She nurtures the pentacle — a symbol of material wealth and possessions. The animals, cherubs and fruits all signify fertility, and the rabbit also symbolizes passion and her connection to the earth.

The story: The Queen of Pentacles represents the nurturing mother of the material world; she is practical and a homebody, comforting and luxurious.

Reversed meaning: Reversed, the card represents self-absorption; selfishness and jealousy, greed and the pursuit of only personal gain.

Reflection: This card represents the Mother Earth/Gaia energy. The colours, luscious greenery, fruits and animals reflect a very feminine ideal. It reminds me of a pregnancy shoot — the vibes Beyonce might have been going for with her infamous photograph on a flower throne while pregnant with her twins.

My research sources:
A Complete Guide to the Tarot, Eden Gray, 1970
Tarot Card Meanings, Biddy Tarot
Card Meanings, Labyrinthos
Root Lock Radio: A Tarot Podcast

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A Canadian marketing strategist learning storytelling through the Tarot, and maybe finding the meaning of life along the way.