As a reminder, the suit of Pentacles is driven by feminine energy and represents values related to stability, growth, and material aspects in the life of the Querent or subject of a reading. Scholars and academics have connected the suit of pentacles to the classical element of earth, and most of the cards from that suit embody the symbolic attributes of this element, one way or another.
Minor Arcana card: the Queen of Pentacles
The illustration of the Queen of Pentacles in the Rider Waite Smith tarot deck is a dark-haired woman on an elaborate throne. She is smiling and holding the symbol of her suit with both hands, slightly leaning towards it as if she wanted to protect it.
The foreground and background of the image are particularly busy, filled with details. There are a lot of flowers, plants, and other vegetal elements, as well as a hopping rabbit on the bottom right of this card from the Minor Arcana.
The positive elements of the Queen of Pentacles
Like the other queens among the court cards, the Queen of Pentacles is the embodiment of the soul of the suit of Pentacles, the caring and nurturing aspects of the element of Earth. Here, the queen of swords embodies Mother Nature in her fertile and opulent aspect.
The Queen of Pentacles provides. Echoing the numerous elements of nature found on the card, in their diversity and almost excessive presence, this card usually means a more than adequate amount of natural and personal resources, ensuring that all of your basic needs will be met.
More than even the other queens from the other three suits, the Queen of Pentacles represents motherhood, and the generosity and security provided by a caring mother to her children, no matter what.
The negative elements of the Queen of Pentacles
When the Queen of Pentacles appears reversed in a tarot spread or reading, usually these caring, safe feelings are flipped upside down. On a very literal meaning, it could represent breaking off your ties to your parents, not necessarily out of spite but out of a desire for financial and emotional independence.
A reversed Queen of Pentacles might also be a sign of mistrust and wariness, especially when having to deal with an apparently selfless and devoted person. It represents the kind of feelings you get when you receive outward signs of generosity but when the close bond of trust that would make it enjoyable is not there yet, leading you to wonder if there will be a price to pay for it, and what?
Queen of Pentacles and love
The Queen of Pentacles often represents an older and wiser woman (not an elderly, obviously, but not a young inexperienced girl either) who has a lot to offer, and of a kind and caring nature overall.
The mother archetype channeled through the Queen of Pentacles might also hint at some pregnancy, or refer to a pregnant woman (and indeed, the Queen of Pentacles is a particularly suitable choice to act as a Querent card for any pregnant woman).
Final thoughts on the Queen of Pentacles
The overall essence of the Queen of Pentacles court card is close to The Empress major arcana card. It is a loving and nurturing parent, a provider who will make sure that her loved ones are safe and that they get anything they need (though not necessarily anything they want).
This duality between the caring protection of the parent and the drive to be a provider and ensure all the family’s needs are met makes this minor arcana card the best way to represent a parent who works hard for their children, and particularly working mothers.
The slightly overwhelming aspects of this card need to be kept in check, however, because there is a fine line between providing support and being an obsessive person that can make you feel trapped and breathless, lowing all your independence.
Motherhood, financial security, Mother Nature, opulence, caring
Reversed: Manipulation, mistrust, feeling oppressed and stifled.