Sunday, November 19, 2006


TODAY'S CARD is The Queen of Pentacles. This version is from the 1987 deck, The New York Tarot, by Giani Siri, Sirius Endeavors, P.O. Box 17, New York, NY 10040, USA.

For comparison, here's the Queen of Pentacles in the Rider/Waite/Smith deck:

THE QUEEN OF PENTACLES: I really love the Queen of Pentacles in the New York Tarot. It captures important aspects of this card, e.g. generosity and abundance, in a simple and direct way. (In case it's not clear from the scan that's a pizza in front of her.) The Queen of Pentacles is one of my family of cards (determined by astrology and numerology). Decades ago a friend of mine said if others knew me the way she did they'd see what a marshmallow I really am. Imagine my surprise and amusement, then, when I discovered years later that the herb for this card in The Herbal Tarot is marshmallow. :-) I wrote the poem I share below as a gift for a Queen of Pentacles-like woman friend.

DIFFERENT OR LESS COMMON, EVEN QUIRKY MEANINGS FOR THE QUEEN OF PENTACLES (i.e. the below is not intended to be an exhaustive exploration of this card; a quick google will produce a wider variety of takes should you not be familiar with this card):

Not comfortable needing or relying upon others. Self-sufficient, maybe to a fault.

Making do on less better than anyone else.

May indicate financial woes or deprivation of some sort.

Can work little miracles with diet and nutrition.

Compassion is needed here, for yourself, for others.

Are you trying to control what you cannot? To be caring is one thing. To feel responsible for everything is something else entirely.

Be careful not to take on other people's feelings and fears as you care for and nurture them.

(a Winter Solstice gift, 1990)

The Lady returns to Her forest home,
bearing nuts and seeds, flowers, roots
and berries in Her baskets of reed,
Her cape of leaves trailing lightly behind her.

Small creatures leap and scurry
around Her as She glides,
as if to celebrate
the abundance She shares.

A chipmunk rides the hem
of Her cape, falls off
and clambers back, chattering
at birds circling
and singing above.

Silence descends as The Lady settles
on a bed of leaves and pine needles
before an ancient oak.

A mother lion strides lazily
forward through the gathering
of forest creatures, stretches
and curls at Her feet.

The Lady bends to stroke
Her golden beast, a shaft
of light dancing
in Her dark, dark, hair.

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*MINI-REVIEW ALERT: I've lived in New York City since I was five, so I was delighted years ago when I heard of this deck. Not only am I familiar with many of the places in the black and white photos, I had met or knew of several of the people on these cards when I was still somewhat active in the Pagan community (before I realized I'm basically a solitary). For readers familiar with astrology, this deck has a card each for the signs of the zodiac, as well. It also has an extra court card -- The Dame -- that fits between the Knight and the King, with the Queen coming after the King (i.e, last in the order). The Dame of Wands is an all too familiar sight in big cities, I'm afraid, and gave me quite a wry laugh: she's standing behind a store counter holding a baseball bat. Unfortunately, all too appropriate. LOL! I'd definitely recommend this deck for collectors and New Yorkers, and newbies who don't faze easily. (There are connections to the traditional Tarot images in these photos, but they are in an urban, modern setting and not all the connections are immediately apparent.)

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Resource: The Buffy Tarot, yes, I'm a Buffy fan, still going through withdrawal since it's no longer in re-runs here on broadcast T.V.

Please see the top of the sidebar for my background with the Tarot and a recommendation to beginners.

‘til next time, keep nurturing where you can, having compassion for all, and enjoying The Tarot,


[aka: Patricia Kelly]

****If you wish to copy or use any of my writing, please email me for permission (under “View my complete profile”)**** SEE ALSO: Roswila’s Dream & Poetry Realm for some articles about Tarot.****



Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just wanted to say that you've got a beautiful blog, and thank you for stopping by my own!

3:34 PM  
Blogger Roswila said...

Thanks so much, Piper. I look forward to visting yours as you develop it. I particularly appreciate your use of the Universal Waite and the large size graphic, so far.

7:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Can work little miracles with diet and nutrition."

OK, I'm confused how that fits with PIZZA. I admit pizza is God's perfect food, but...!



9:49 PM  
Blogger Roswila said...

LOL! The operative word in that meaning is "miracle." (And it certainly would be a miracle if pizza were a health food --especially for me with my wheat/grains allergy.)

8:21 AM  

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