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The Queen of Pentacles in Tarot and How to Read It

Andrea has a background in Myers-Briggs and Western astrology. She mostly writes about relationships.

The Queen of Pentacles has an amazing ability to balance her work and home life. She is a nurturing person who loves people. She is drawn to comfort.

The Queen of Pentacles has an amazing ability to balance her work and home life. She is a nurturing person who loves people. She is drawn to comfort.

The Queen of Pentacles Overview

The Queen of earth is very similar to the Empress. Both cards express a mastery of the earth element, and they're both about fertility, motherhood, and natural beauty.

The main difference between the two cards has to do with what court cards represent. Each of the four court cards (in all the suits) have a built-in element, which goes as follows:

Page = Earth

Knight = Fire

Queen = Water

King = Air

If we keep this little chart in mind, the Queen of Pentacles is a combo of earth and water, whereas the Empress card gets a double dosage of earth.

What Is the Queen of Pentacles Like?

The Queen of Pentacles represents someone who is down-to-earth and who takes care of her family and household. The card represents a mature person, an adult. The Queen of Pentacles' central focus is on childcare and wellbeing, though she also wants to live a long life, to be rich, and to have good health.

The Queen isn't necessarily a homebody or housewife. She also has a desire for business, and since she is based in the earth element, she is financially savvy. She is practical and focuses on essentials rather than nonessentials. For example, she cares more about house payments, saving money, and her children's education than things like vacations, movies, fashion, and the like.

She prioritizes her family and has a strong understanding of their needs. Someone who is similar to the Queen of Pentacles may have a minimalist lifestyle.

Card Alignments

Upright

Motherhood, practical decision-maker, nurturing, nourishing, working parent, providing financially, down-to-earth, uses common sense, punctual, dependable parent, prioritizes family, stability.

Reversed

Escapism, financially independent, self-care, work-home conflict, afraid of growing old, self-centered, nagging, too strict, all over the place, impulsive decisions.

The Queen of Pentacles represents a motherly figure. She is considered the Mother Earth archetype. She is drawn to nature and prefers sound logic over impulsive emotions.

The Queen of Pentacles represents a motherly figure. She is considered the Mother Earth archetype. She is drawn to nature and prefers sound logic over impulsive emotions.

Card Description

In the Rider-Waite-Smith deck, the Queen of Pentacles sits on a throne decorated with engravings of fruit trees, goats, and other material pleasures. The fruit trees represent Taurus who works in the garden, the angels represent Virgo, and the goats represent Capricorn.

The woman holds a heavy gold coin in her hands. It is a symbol of her ability to nourish and raise young children. She is also capable of handling money.

The Queen of Pentacles is essentially the Mother Earth archetype. Therefore, the card depicts lush plants and flowers growing near her. A rabbit is near her feet, indicating fertility. An arch of flowers is over her head, which symbolizes how earth rules over her. She wears a golden crown with red jewels, a green headpiece, a red cloak, and a white gown.

Yellow is the color of air. This means the Queen of Pentacles has the ability to make sound judgments. She is swayed by logic, not emotions. Indeed, she may need an extra push to be more in her emotions at times.

Red is the color of fire. Her cloak indicates she is decisive and feels confident enough to use her free will. She is a passionate mother and/or nurturing figure.

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Green is the color of earth, and this is the element that rules over her. Her long headpiece is this color, symbolizing her desire to be in nature where she can feel at peace.

White is ether or purity. The Queen of Pentacles is wise. She is in tune with her inner child and isn't afraid to be herself. She has maintained her innocence and hope.

Tarot Suits

CategoryWandsPentaclesSpadesCups

Element

Fire

Earth

Air

Water

Meaning

Free Will

Physical Manifestation (The Body)

Thoughts

Emotions

Color

Red

Green

Yellow

Blue

Season

Summer

Spring

Winter

Fall

Animals

Land Mammals

Reptiles

Birds

Fish

Music

Percussion

Brass

Woodwinds

Strings

The Body

Head, Heart, Thighs

Throat/Neck, Chest, Legs/Shins

Arms & Shoulders, Belly, Ankles

Hands, Root Chakra (Spine Base), Feet

Ruling Planets

Mars, Sun, Jupiter

Mercury, Venus, Saturn

Mercury, Venus, Uranus

Moon, Pluto, Neptune

Western Astrology

Aries, Leo, Sagittarius

Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn

Gemini, Libra, Aquarius

Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces

Four Humors

Yellow Bile

Black Bile

Blood

Phlegm

Yin and Yang

Yang

Yin

Yang

Yin

Chinese Zodiac Equivalents

Dragon, Monkey, Rat

Snake, Rooster, Ox

Horse, Dog, Tiger

Sheep, Pig, Rabbit

Court Cards

Knights

Pages

Kings

Queens

Poker Equivalents

Clubs

Diamonds

Spades

Hearts

The Queen of Pentacles wants to above all have money and time. She wants this so she can take care of the things she really loves. She believes in future generations and has an intuitive ability to take care of little ones.

The Queen of Pentacles wants to above all have money and time. She wants this so she can take care of the things she really loves. She believes in future generations and has an intuitive ability to take care of little ones.

Upright Queen of Pentacles

The Queen of Pentacles is a nurturing mother or motherly figure. She understands the world through her five senses and works hard to please her senses. For example, she may be an expert cook, she may love to clean or keep a tidy and aromatic home, or she may play soothing music and sounds.

This woman greets people with open arms and loves to hug and cuddle. She also has a good work-home balance. She is able to hold down a full-time job or make financial contributions to the household while also making sure the children and her spouse have their emotional needs met.

She doesn't feel like a dependent to her spouse, and perhaps that's because of the way she and her partner perceive things. Perhaps her partner feels like he pays for her care. Maybe she has passive income where it's easy to work from home. One way or another, she doesn't feel financially insecure.

You Are Able to Use Common Sense

The Queen of Pentacles is excellent at taking care of practical needs. She lives for her house and family and prioritizes her private home above all else. She isn't easily influenced or distracted. She doesn't fall prey to trendy politics or religion. She is slow to make choices because she takes time to decipher what she thinks are the right calls.

This card doesn't necessarily relate to a woman and could represent a man or someone else. It is ultimately about a working parent who can handle domestic responsibilities and can provide financially. This person strives to create a warm and secure environment. They want their family and friends to feel safe and secure.

This person has really good priorities and they are a great friend or family member to have. If more people were like them, the world would be a better place.

You Seek Financial Independence

The Queen of Pentacles suggests that it is important to have financial independence. You don't want to survive on someone else's income, at least not entirely. You don't want your spouse to feel like your parent, and you also don't want to feel like a teenager begging for money.

The earthy Queen wants to strike a balance between work and family so that they can be financially independent and not be stuck to the financial decisions of their spouse.

The Queen also strikes a balance to create time for herself. She knows that between her family and work commitments she also needs to be alone. She needs to think for herself. She needs her own room or office.

You Are Generous With Money

The card represents prosperity, security, and stability. It represents someone who works hard to generate money. The Queen is also generous and shares her wealth with others. She uses her financial prosperity to build a comfortable home. She wants the world to have better infrastructure so that everyone can be comfortable and have their needs met. She believes in a utopian dream.

The earthy Queen is calm, straightforward, and resourceful. She makes practical decisions and loves organization. She wants solutions that create minimal fuss.

This card often relates to someone's mother. It could also be a teacher, counselor, mentor, or pastor. If you are investing a lot of care into someone and are establishing a comfortable lifestyle, the card may represent you.

In tarot, earth has to do with family, health, career, property, and wealth. It has to do with everything physically tangible. The Queen of Pentacles thrives off material resources.

In tarot, earth has to do with family, health, career, property, and wealth. It has to do with everything physically tangible. The Queen of Pentacles thrives off material resources.

Reversed Queen of Pentacles

The card in the reversed position indicates someone who is detached from reality. Perhaps this is someone who wants to escape from the world and its problems. They can be self-centered to the point that they can't listen to others.

The reversed Queen of Pentacles can indicate misplaced priorities. Perhaps you're too distracted. The card could also reveal that people that are in your care are about to become independent. Perhaps your job as a parent is shifting; you could be entering an empty nest stage.

In order for the Queen of Pentacles to return to the upright state, she must become grounded again. She needs to stop turning to fantasy. She needs to accept that her children have grown and that her relationships with her children are on a whole new and invigorating level. Before long, she could be a grandparent. Watching your children grow up is a reward, not a punishment. You'll connect with them on a more powerful level when they're adults.

Time to Refocus on Yourself

When the Queen of Pentacles is reversed it could mean you're focused on nurturing and providing for yourself. You may have entered a phase in which you are more concerned about your own energy and need self-care. This could be a sign that something has sapped your energy.

Divorce May Be on the Horizon

The reversed Queen of Pentacles often spells out divorce. You might find things are unstable, or that you want something new. Perhaps you feel that you need something to freshen up your life.

You might be considering leaving your partner for a short while rather than permanently. Maybe your family life is upside down, so you're considering what it would look like if you left. If you're in an unstable situation right now, you may need guidance from a friend or from above.

This card is not suggesting that you make a hasty decision. If you leave your family, you'll have to face the consequences for a long time. There are ways to navigate your situation and to ease it. You'll know if it's the right time for a divorce.

Your Lifestyle Has Become Unsustainable

This card could suggest that you're not sure if your current habits are sustainable. Perhaps you're separating yourself from people and are not sure how you can get back to a place of sharing.

It Might Be Time to Focus on Yourself

This card could mean you are considering how you can improve your self-care and lower your baseline stress. You might want to consider preparing nutritious meals, going on a retreat alone, creating a new schedule, or finding ways to pamper yourself.

You care for so many people that sometimes you forget to care for yourself. You may need to stand up for yourself more. Or you may need to work on trusting that work and family can survive without you. This card could be a reminder that you can step away from these things for a short, restful period. Your family wants you at your best. They don't want to lose you. They don't want you stressed out.

It can be really hard to take care of yourself on top of all the mounting responsibilities. Our lives can be way too demanding.

What this card might be really suggesting you need to work on the most is your ability to trust. Trust that things are going to be okay and stop picking on every little detail. Start getting your own self-care into shape. Here are some simple ideas:

  • Limit how much TV you watch.
  • Eat nutritious food.
  • Pre-plan meals.
  • Sleep at a regular time.
  • Write out your thoughts in a journal.
  • Give yourself breaks.
  • Check-in with your body to see if you feel pain somewhere.
  • Write thank you cards.

Take Time to Balance Work and Home

This card might also be telling you that your work-home balance is out of whack and you're focusing too much on one thing or the other. The demands of your job could be preventing you from seeing your kids. Or your family could be so draining that you don't have time for personal development. Bottom line: you don't have a good flow right now, and you feel like you're split. You might feel like you're two different people, and you're not sure you like either half.

If so, it might be time to try and integrate your home and work life. You may find a release from all this by going into nature and taking time to think about your overall plans. You can then determine if those plans still work for you, or if you need to make adjustments.

You Might Have Unrealistic Expectations

You could be too hard on yourself. It might be as simple as that. Often women feel like they need to take on everything but then they end up shorthanded. You might feel like other women are doing things better than you and you don't measure up to them.

These are upsetting feelings. It's understandable if you're jealous, but remember the grass is always greener on the other side. Try to be realistic and humble. Show gratitude. Keep the positive in mind. Know that with some adjustments you probably can get back to feeling like yourself, and that's what's really important. Who cares what Lucy, Sally, Dana, and the likes have?

See if your spouse can help out more around the house. Maybe hiring a maid or nanny can take some of the load off you. What you really need to value is your time. Cut out the time-wasters and give yourself more time. You want to feel at ease.

Maybe you're working too many hours a week, and it's leaving you exhausted. On the flip side, maybe you need more time at work so you can get a respite from your family. It can take a toll when you're constantly around crying babies, poopy diapers, glitter-covered hands, and your spouse keeps talking to you about random sports and other nonsense. Work can sometimes be a sanctuary, and that's okay.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2021 Andrea Lawrence

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