The Queen of Pentacles card lays us is a woody thicket, rough, beautiful, and full of life. Bits of greenery and flowers are even wound around the border of the card itself! The queen herself sits on a throne settled deep in the dirt of the land, a rabbit by her side. The queen is all adorned in red and green, to signify her deep connection with the Earth. She cradles a pentacle-emblazoned coin with both hands, resting it gently in her lap. She smiles at the coin in a loving, caring way.
To start with, we'll want to disambiguate court cards. They are often the most difficult to read, due to their general nature. It is easier to remember that a court card often signifies a person or entity: the sex of the person may not match that of the court card, but the attitude and persona will seem familiar. If it's clear, however, that the court card doesn't refer to a person, remember to break it down further. First, define what the suite stands for – e.x. Cups generally refers to emotion. Then take the role of that court card and apply it to the suite – e.x. A Page of Cups would be a young juvenile in the world of emotion, just as the Page of Swords is the inexperienced lad of thought. This can help you to decide what the court card is trying to tell you.
Person: The Queen of Pentacles is the mother with a thousand children. She'll be the one to make sure all the kids, the adults, the visitors, and the passing strangers have been well fed and take care of. She thrives off of making others feel secure and safe – in fact, she considers it her greatest prerogative and her highest joy. She isn't happy unless her home is filled with happy faces. She's a versatile woman who will make due with what she is given, never asking for more than what she absolutely needs. Best of all, she is down-to-earth: some may call her simple, but this is only because she doesn't needlessly complicate simple matters.
Metaphor: The Queen of Pentacles is here to remind us all what the pentacles suite is really about – the Earth. Of course, the Earth is still a physical thing, so why wouldn't it be included in a suite based around the material world? Our minds so often wander to money and material possessions that we forget where all those things were born from – the Earth itself. The Queen of Pentacles begs you to dive back down deep, into your roots, in order to find you joy and happiness. She asks you to nurture those you love and do what you can for those who pass your way. When the world feels complicated, go back to the Queen of Pentacles – she'll advise you to appreciate the simple things in life, and never over-complicate anything when you can simplify it!
When you pull the Queen of Pentacles, you'll want to ask yourself a few of these questions. Do you know anyone like the Queen of Pentacles? What can you learn from that person? If not, do you need more of the Queen's positive traits? Could you be more welcoming? Trusting? Mothering? What does the Earth herself have to teach you?
The Queen of Pentacles is overflowing with feminine energy, and there are at least two other cards in the tarot deck that are filled with that female power – the Empress and the Queen of Cups. The two Queen cards are not only similar because of their Queen status, but because of the emphasis on caring, loving, and acceptance of others. The Empress is in many ways like the Queen of Pentacles, and this could be because the Empress is deeply connected to the Earth, while the Queen is the feminine head of the Earth-based suite. The Empress thrives off of security, luxury, confidence, and caring – all things she shares in common with the Queen.