A woman sits on a stone throne, carved with cherubim, animals, and vegetation. A gold crown rests comfortably on her head; a lush green veil swoops down her back and extends to the ground. She holds on her lap a large pentacle, the recipient of her loving gaze. She is surrounded by a late spring/early summer landscape, with rosebuds blooming overheard, daffodils flowering by her legs, and bright green grass and plants filling in random spaces. A rabbit jumps into the scene, alive with the hope and energy of a new season. In the distance, blue mountains stand naked in the sun, symbolizing challenges that have been overcome.
Main Interpretation: "I am a rock."
The Queen of Pentacles embodies the qualities of pride, strength, and provider. She is the Earth Mother, a woman who can draw from the physical world to sustain herself, her family, and her community. She takes challenges in stride and possesses immense physical, as well as emotional strength. She is the rock around whom a family or company gravitates. She cultivates the Earth and may be an especially gifted farmer.
She is dependable to the hilt - there's no doubting the word of the Queen of Pentacles. Her stability attracts loyal followers, some of whom depend on her steady character for survival. She has sharp, animal instincts, and can sniff out deceit easily. Her confidence in her own ability allows her to reap rewards on this Earth - she lives comfortably and does not want for much.
The Queen can be someone you know or encounter in life; she can also represent an aspect of your own self. In fact, the Queen not only represents a woman, but can represent these same qualities in a man. In a reading that looks at the development of a situation, the Queen of Pentacles can represent reaching a place of internal peace and stability, the second to last step before complete fulfillment (as represented by the King of Pentacles).
Reversed, something is slightly off with our Queen. It's like she's on a camping trip and forgot the mosquito repellant. She's not prepared or sure of what she's doing. Her confidence is shaken and sense of pride off balance. In other instances, she could be exerting too much force in a situation that demands moderation. Family matters may be overwhelming her professional life or vice versa.
Example: Building a Business
I receive this card often when I am reading about my Tarot business. When I recently remodeled my website, I received the Queen of Pentacles, a sign that I was proud and happy with the end result. It's as simple as that. The fruits of my labor have paid off, and I am at peace with where I am.
Unfortunately, I also receive our dear Queen in the reversed position quite a bit, usually because I am overthinking a potential direction in the business. When the Queen appears to me upside down, I know that I must step back and examine the situation more thoroughly. Do I have the appropriate resources to accomplish my goals? The Queen always asks me to be aware of my environment. Are there people who could help me with this particular issue? Are there things working against me? How can I address those?
All in all, the Queen of Pentacles is a sign that my inner compass needs some attention with my business. If something is off kilter, she'll go up reversed on me, and I don't want that! When the Queen is upright, that's when I'm in the zone, building this website into something that makes me truly proud. Now, that's the way I like it!
Dream Symbol Equivalents
The Queen of Pentacles is most often represented in dreams as a stranger or celebrity, usually a woman, who has these qualities of a provider. A woman like Ina Garten, whose garden often provides her the ingredients for her wonderful meals, is one such celebrity that would embody the Queen of Pentacles for me. In that same vein, rocks or boulders, gardens, and plants also speak to these Queenly traits of stability and natural growth.
The Bottom Line: Hard Work's Sweet Reward
The Queen of Pentacles calls on us to rejoice in our earthly surroundings and be proud of what we've accomplished in life. The time for sweat and tears are passed, and now you must lean back and smile. That warm feeling in your heart is joy, and the birds sing your praise. Nice!