Pentacles are the suit symbolizing the element of Earth, representing money, yes – but much more than that. Coins are another name for the suit, but also coins in ancient days were once called ‘talents’. One coin being the payment for a day’s wages. This tells us that the suit also represents the work of your hands, food in the pantry, and the beauty of Nature together. Court cards represent people in our lives, and in Tarot, as with any self-reflective tool, most often this personality is yours.
This Queen gazes at the symbol of her suit as if it were a Philosopher’s Stone and she looks into the future. Perhaps this is the case, as this card will also represent a woman of deep connection to the Earth and to the wisdom of the element that spans millenia – back to the bones of our ancestors and far beyond that.
In ancient days, the Queen represented the land and the people of that land. Her fecundity was actively symbolic of the wealth of the land and therefore the welfare of the people. We may guess that this monarch has a lot on her mind as she cares for her lovely garden. She, like The Magician, sits under a rose arbor. Surrounded by flowers, even shy wild bunnies come near. Her throne is richly embellished with fruit, a goat, a faun and cherub, all symbols of fertility. Resources everywhere, and yet, a chicken and eggs decorate her crown: She broods!
The surrounding landscape is gorgeous, as she studies the pentacle in her hands. What ever does she see in her pentacle as she gazes? Planning, saving, storing resources like money, food, talents and time is tricky and vital business if you want those in your realm to survive the next Winter. She is the queen of everything material today. If it is in her realm, it is hers to study and attend. No wonder she has so much on her mind…
Images from The Smith-Waite Tarot Centennial Edition Deck are used in this blog. They feature the artist, Pamela Colman Smith’s, original coloring and lovely back design. The cards are a bit oversized and printed on sturdy cardstock. This deck is one of my personal favorites. =:->AD
Rider-Waite images used with permission of U.S. Games Systems, Inc., Stamford, CT 06902. c. 1971 by U.S. Games Systems, Inc.