QUEEN OF PENTACLES
Description: Queen of Pentacles shows a woman sitting on a throne. She is dressed in red and wears a crown. In her lap she holds a coin, and her gaze is fixed on this one. The coin symbolizes the values she cherishes. She is slightly bent over the coin. Around her grows a rose bush – the symbol of lushness and abundance. At her feet sits a rabbit, and in the background one sees a lush landscape and mountains.
The Queen of Pentacles symbolizes connection to the earth and all that is worldly. The map indicates that there is an abundance of financial means – you can enjoy worldly things like fine clothes, good food and pleasant surroundings. At the same time, you acknowledge that you have been willing and ready to do whatever it takes to achieve these benefits.
Interpretation: The card indicates that you have been willing to work hard to achieve something. The Queen of Pentacles has put the landscape, which is seen in the background, behind her and now enjoys the new fertile area she has arrived at. And that’s exactly what the card tells you: You’ve put a big obstacle behind you, and you can now rest and be aware of yourself and your physical needs.
When you draw the Queen of Pentacles, it is a sign that beautification of the body and healthy nutrition are, or should be, in the foreground. You may need to value yourself in a new way: unhealthy eating habits need to be put down, maybe you can start on a new diet, renew your wardrobe or start a new form of exercise.
Other words that will be able to describe the Queen of Pentacles are: expanded consciousness, fertility, wealth, generosity, perseverance, independent, inner and outer wisdom, happy, contented, peaceful and loving care.
Affirmation: I am aware of myself and my physical needs. My body gives me vitality and zest for life.
Above are four very different versions of The Queen of Pentacles.
Cary-Yale Visconti tarot cards from around the 1420s are mainly designed to be beautiful and shows friends and family. The beautiful old Italian tarot set also has its emphasis on the artistic expression. Marseille tarot cards are simple as they were made so they are suitable for wood printing.
Oswald Wirth diminishes the Christian symbols and instead draws inspiration from the occult, through writings especially by Éliphas Lévi. The occult came from here on to influence how tarot cards were illustrated.
Most famous is the Rider-Waite tarot card with lots of symbolism from Egypt, the Jewish Kabbalah, astrology, alchemy and Freemasonry. When you thus interpret The Queen of Pentacles you have different options. It is advisable to start with the illustrations we have from Rider-Waite as they contain a lot of information in their imagery.