|Tarot of the Masters|
This image certainly emphasises the nurturing aspect of this Queen, who sits breast feeding her child. There is a golden coin with a bunny rabbit over the child's belly. To me, this is both a reminder of the rabbit in the RWS Queen of Pentacles and, by its placement, also indicates the continuity of family: rabbits being known for breeding, and this symbol being over the next generation. It indicates just how important family is to this Queen, and how she thinks about the practicalities of ensuring that continuity: like a plant that you have to water and prune, families grow and prosper through practical, everyday care and wise use of resources.
To bring a more spiritual focus to this card, James suggests in The Soul's Journey that we consider that, like a mother, the Universe will nurture us. Also, that this is the ideal for how we should treat others, and he highlights that offering others a nurturing love does not need to deplete us - it can be a win-win situation.
Well, the reason this is posting late is that I've been on both sides of that equation already today. As his mother, I took Big Boy to an early appointment at the hospital, for some advice from a specialist nurse. She was very helpful, and I wrote her suggestions in his school book so the school nurse will also hear about them. I also offered my seat on the bus to an older lady. And then, walking the final few steps home, a woman who lives on the street, but whom I don't really know, smiled at me and said "Looking good, mamma!" as we passed each other. Put a smile on my face :)
I am grateful for the kindness we can show each other.