Anna K Tarot (Llewellyn, 2013) this week.
Today, we have the Queen of Pentacles. As is the case in a large number of cards in this deck, the sky above her is a pure, sunny yellow. The Queen herself is rather rosy cheeked - perhaps too much time in that warm sun? She stands amid baskets of harvested fruit: apples, pears, grapes, possibly apricots. Holding a leaf in her hand, and gazing up at the orchard around her, she holds the other hand to her belly, rounded with child. Her dress is the red of life blood, visceral and physical. Over it is a dark blue layer, signifying to me the depth of her emotional connection to that life.
This depiction of the Queen of Pentacles connects strongly with the Empress, with her pregnant belly and abundant harvest. Many writers talk of this connection, she is the Queen most closely related to that creative bountifulness which the Empress represents, but at a more practical, everyday level. This Queen puts that plenty to use, making a comfortable home for those around her, using her resources wisely, safeguarding her finances, and creating practical solutions to everyday problems or situations.
I can certainly see where her energy would benefit me today. It's Big Boy's birthday, and both sets of grandparents are coming over for lunch, as well as at least one friend. So, time to make all feel welcome, and make sure I get something nice from the shops. I'm reminded by this card that it's not just about the food, but also about the presentation - maybe some flowers on the table - and making sure everyone feels comfortable and nurtured. I'll do my best...
I am grateful that the shops are just a short walk away.