As a reminder, the Pentacles suit 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.
Upright: motherhood, financial security, Mother Nature, opulence, and caring
Reversed: manipulation, mistrust, feeling oppressed and stifled
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, limiting or derailing your independence.
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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 the card.
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 (Taurus astrology sign). Here, the Queen of Pentacles 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 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 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).
Career encompasses school and education if that is your current stage; work that is necessary, but not what you would consider a career path; and your actual career path. Regardless of your current stage of development, the Queen of Pentacles represents the resources need to be successful.
If you are a student and this is your card, then you want to make sure you are attending the best school you can afford. You have what you need in terms of equipment, a place to live, and the funds to enjoy your educational environment.
If you are doing work that is necessary, but not a career, then you really want to feel safe doing your work, both while doing it, and as a job, you can count on. This card also represents making more than you are spending and being sure you have money going into retirement.
If you are in your career, then the Queen of Pentacles represents the responsibility you feel towards your employees and your customers. You want to be sure you can provide good salaries and high-quality services and products. You need to be the solid rock others depend on.
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?
Reversed, this card indicates financial instability in the relationship, which can undermine the health and security of the partnership. Reversed, this card can alert you to a need to look at your financials, insurance, investments, and savings to make sure everything is secure and stable; otherwise, there could arise real problems between you and your partner.
When this card appears reversed in a question about school, work, or career, then you may need to look for another major, job, or career path. There is some kind of instability happening and you need to determine if it is short-lived or something more significant, requiring you to make a drastic change to protect yourself.