Queen of Pentacles



Queen of Pentacles (Disks)

Planetary: Mars (Above) / Luna (Below)

Diamond Path: Saturn, Understanding (Above) / Luna, Foundation (Below)

Geomantic Figure: Tristitia

Tetragram: Water (Above) / Earth (Below)

Keywords: Pregnancy, Nurturing, Motherhood, Independence, Prosperity, Nesting, Abstract Creativity, Trickster, a Physically Beautiful Person

Keywords (Ill-Dignified): Debauch, Stale, Mindless Gossip or Chattering, an Uneducated Person


Historical: Rachel, the beauty of the Hebrew scripture and mother of two, of the tribe’s patriarchs, Joseph and Benjamin is the historical figure usually associated to this card. In the Midrash, she is famous for saying, during the exile, after the Assyrian conflict,  “If I, a mere mortal, was prepared, not to humiliate my sister, and was willing to take a rival into my home, how could You, the eternal, compassionate, Elohim, be jealous of idols, which have no true existence, that were brought into Your home? Will You cause my children to be exiled on this account?” According to the Midrash he hears her plea and promises to allow the return to Jerusalem for the Israelites.
     In the Pierpont Morgan-Bergamo Visconti-Sforza pack the Queen of Coins is dressed in a dress and cape with the same sumptuous fabric as is found on the King of Coins. She placidly holds a coin on her lap with one hand while the other hand rests on her lap. She is calm and stable.

Golden Dawn: Called The Queen of Pentacles, Queen of the Thrones of Earth, The Queen of Pentacles card corresponds to the zodiacals Sagittarius and Capricorn and places at Sephira #3, (Binah,) in the Golden Dawn system.
     A lush and elaborate card in any Golden Dawn pack, the Queen of Pentacles will be accompanied by a ram or goat, and the sphere, representing the world, is important symbology for her. Vegetation should also be depicted and sand or a desert is an appropriate theme for the environs she is shown in. She may be armored for war and the crest of the Emperor, the ram, is quite important.

Thoth:  The Queen of Pentacles in the THOTH pack is well executed. Crowley states in The Tarot of the Egyptians that she represents passivity. Although we could not disagree more, he does at least acknowledge the dogma represented of The Great Work, as fertility. Her headdress and staff is epic, decades before fantasy art was popular. She is shown looking over a vast white desert, filled with oases and a river. Once you’ve seen the dragon she is riding, you cannot unsee it, even though Crowley makes no mention of it.

Mutational Alchemy Interpretation: The Queen’s path from Geburah (Severity,) to Yesod (Foundation,) indicates a much more active force at work in the world than has been previously assigned to her, in all other tarot. The passive thing simply doesn’t work, when you apply the nature of Shakti to the feminine, instead of this silly passive pigeon personality the World and every Western occultist from the 19th century seemingly insists upon. Nature herself, as simply Earth and Water is incredibly active, engaging in every moment with the masculine principle of Father Nature in the dance of the changes.
     Mars and Luna together make for a strange pairing but it is one that brings out the kinder and more beneficial properties in Mars and the more self preserving, individualistic properties of Luna.
     With her tetragram, we see Water above and Earth below, the symbol of the island. The single Yin line pushes upwards, towards the receptive lines, above. Sexuality is inferred. Her geomantic character looks like a seed, pointed down at the earth and is a good signifier for fertility.

The Scene:  Water of Earth. The Queen of  underground aquifers, Nammu, would have been a great choice for this Queen, but we had enough Sumerian and Semitic representation in the pack. The location for the origin point of the mythology was taken from a global location randomizer. After landing on Tonga, we searched for appropriate myths from the region that would fit.
    Sina and the Eel is a folktale I was already familiar with, from the Samoan people. The original tale is more elaborate, with the eel being none other than a shapeshifting King Tui Fiti, who has come to seduce the most beautiful maiden in the islands, Sina.
     Sina finds the eel in the lagoon and takes it home as a pet. She takes excellent care of it and it outgrows every container she puts it in until finally she has to put it in the community bathing pool where it hides under a ledge. By this time it has become quite large and she is afraid of it, so, she avoids the pool, instead, seeking out pools further from home, in hopes of avoiding the eel she raised, but at every new pool she goes to, the eel magickally appears again. Eventually the King runs out of magickal power from all of this apparent teleportation, and loses his ability to shapeshift back into a man. He catches up with Sina, and admitting to his love for her and tells her, he’s about to die. He instructs her to bury his head in the ground and this creates the first coconut tree, which gives the lifegiving coconut which has a face that looks like an eel.
     It is not told what Sina’s reaction is to all of this. My interpretation would be that there would be regret and I merged the story with that of Halia of Greece, another serpent lover from an ancient tale. Thoth users may recognize the black scaled serpent as none other than an incarnation of the Thoth Queen’s mount. I didn’t notice this until after I had already completed this card. As I explained earlier, we chose the story and the image after randomly rolling the dice to determine which world culture would contribute its image to the card, as I did with many of the others in the deck. It’s not the first synchronicity with the Thoth that had occurred, although it is always surprising when it happens.
     This tale is suitable for the Queen of Pentacles, because although she is a caring and nurturing archetype, and has a way with animals and children, there is also an element of bittersweet sorrow and deception underscoring her, with Saturn in the above and Luna in the below. Binah is sometimes called the Sorrowful Mother. This Queen, like Sina, has a tendency to isolate herself and give in to irrational fears, particularly ones involving incoming relationships. This is due to the influence of her path from Binah to Yesod. Although sometimes thought of as an “earthy” queen, she never actually touches ground to Malkuth, and instead, remains planted in Luna, which makes her more enchanting and helpful, actually. It helps her to remain stable and sane, in a world like Earth, that is insane and violent much of the time.

Significant Revisions/Additions:

Geomantic: Called Tristitia (Latin for *Sorrow*) in its medieval interpretation, the correct Elemental association should define it as a (Mature) Feminine/Physical, corresponding to the qabbalistic Assiah (Action,) in the Four Celestial (or Elemental,) Worlds.

Jungian Type:  Idealists Class / INFJ (Counselor) Type

The rich tapestry of the INFJ mind is veiled by secrecy. They are highly intuitive and sensitive, with highly abstract creativity. Living in a world of rich symbolism, they use their interpretation of these patterns to lead and help people.