The Queen of Pentacles indicates either a person within the querent’s life, or the self-positioning of the querent towards the situation being considered. As a Court card, the Queen of Pentacles is always personal, and although much is made of the potential quandary that Court cards can pose for readers, the only question that really must be asked is: “Who?” This does not alter if a Court card lands in a situational position within a spread. Rather, you can rest assured that someone, somewhere, is doing something! Think of these cards as verbs:
`When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, `it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.’
`The question is,’ said Alice, `whether you can make words mean so many different things.’
`The question is,’ said Humpty Dumpty, `which is to be master – – that’s all.’
Alice was too much puzzled to say anything, so after a minute Humpty Dumpty began again. `They’ve a temper, some of them — particularly verbs, they’re the proudest — adjectives you can do anything with, but not verbs — however, I can manage the whole of them! Impenetrability! That’s what I say!’ (Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking Glass, Chapter 6: Humpty Dumpty.)
In the lexicon of the Tarot, Court cards are too action oriented to be bossed around. They mean what they mean to do! Haughty and proud, they are their own masters. So where the other cards, including the Trumps, are often best thought of as moods or themes (adjectives), or as consequences, events, or happenings (nouns), Court cards are embodied persona that result in definitive actions (people doing stuff, i.e. verbs).
In the case of the Queen of Pentacles, there is a willed sustenance and sustaining of multiple relationships in a communal setting. This person is the glue that holds diverse people together, the stabilizing force within a group of otherwise disparate individuals. As such, she is often identified as the most maternal of the Queens. She is kind, stable, practical, and interested in the good of the many towards which she actively works. I generally call this Queen “the good citizen” card, but like the King of Cups, there’s a downside to so much politesse.
A person characterized by this card might have a tendency to be tolerant in a manipulative fashion, taking full account of existing power structures before lending their support. Always?! No, of course not. But it might help to consider the distinction between arbitration versus a court of law when considering the politics of the Queen of Pentacles. Whereas a judge’s job is to render a fair verdict in accordance with the law of a given community, an arbitrator’s job is to end the conflict as swiftly as possible. Likewise, someone represented by the Queen of Pentacles might seek to squelch any conflict regardless of the legitimacy of a given complaint. S/he can too easily turn a deaf ear and a blind eye under the pretense that s/he just wants everyone to “get along.” Such a claim for peace belies his/her superficial or acquisitive side, because how things seem matters more than how things are.
The classical portrait that Dali used for the Queen of Pentacles, I have yet to uncover; indeed, I had rather expected it to be something by Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun to mirror his representation of himself as the King of Pentacles. But alas, no. The Queen sits under an arbor in a dress of green and cream. Her skin is uncommonly pale, her hair dark, and she gazes out of the frame, holding a corsage and a large pentacle. From the upper right of the frame, a large, rust-colored, primitive mask-like head seems to siphon off her energy.
I’m inclined to think of this as the existing power structure that she enables and/or one of the many phantasms that emanate from her husband who, as I hint at here and here, can be a bit of an addictive personality in his more negative manifestation.
However, if the Queen of Pentacles might be called an enabler, she can just as easily be likened to the most rudimentary understanding of Vishnu in the Trimurti and thereby celebrated. Her role is to sustain what is, to conserve, preserve, and prolong. This is the manager or homemaker who gets things running and keeps them humming. If you pull the Queen of Pentacles, look for someone in your environment who loyally feeds and nourishes what already is. And what is loyalty if not “for better of for worse”?
Finally, at its most mundane level, this card can signify a woman with either a lot of Earth in her astrological chart, or who is an Earth Sun sign: Taurus, Virgo, or Capricorn. Although personally, I associate this card more with Libra, and the other most tolerant Court card, the King of Cups, with Capricorn.
**While all manner of comments are welcomed, any further information pertaining to art history, symbolism, myth, cultural reverberations, and Tarot card meanings that traverse decks or lend especial light to the Universal Dali deck, specifically, are actively sought and encouraged. I’m not using a book for these descriptions, so I may miss a reference that bears mention in relation to a card. If you know something, please share it!
Conversely, I actively negate the astrological significations of the Trump cards within the Universal Dali deck in favor of the more traditional Thoth. My plan is to tackle the astrological significations of the Universal Dali Trumps and their overt divergence from all norms in one article… after having described each card. That’s a ways off. ;)
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