For all of us, becoming indigenous to a place means living as if your children’s future mattered, to take care of the land as if our lives, both material and spiritual, depended on it.
Robin Wall Kimmerer, Braiding Sweetgrass
My goodness! Here is a card we haven’t seen but once since 2008! And, as last time, she visits in the week of an important New Moon. Welcome to the Queen of Pentacles!
Pentacles, of course, are Earth energy: money, career, health, practical matters, and the physical, material realm. And we have a Court card – which can be complicated by the fact that the Courts may be an actual person we know (we ourselves, or someone else), or they might indicate a particular kind of energy being brought to bear.
The Queens of the Tarot are, to me, Priestesses, Mothers, and Goddess energy. Rather than the hierarchical power–over of the Kings, they teach us the nurturing power from within.
The Queen of Pentacles is a woman who is materially secure, even wealthy. She has a great appreciation of beautiful objects, home, and creature comforts.
She holds the Pentacle gently but firmly on her lap, knowing that there is no disconnect between the material and the spiritual, for to be fully alive is wealth beyond imagination. She knows she is the steward, not the possessor, of her prosperity.
Her throne is outdoors, beneath a rose arbor. It is carved with fruit trees and the symbols of Capricorn, and she is surrounded with vines and flowers; there are also mountains and rivers (or lakes) in the background.
The Queen suggests that there is that there is no such thing as lack to those who are open to the flow of generosity that is the life force itself. Her gifts include robust health, vitality, and sexuality.
The magical hare in the foreground appears in perfect timing, as Ostara/Spring Equinox is less than 2 weeks away. The March Hare is a harbinger of fertility and good fortune.
All of Nature is this Queen’s treasure. She may be a splendid gardener, cook, mechanic, herbalist, animal caretaker, or environmental guardian. She is a trusted guide for appreciating what is sacred in the “mundane.” She is your favorite Earth Mother, nurturer, wealth maker, and skillful pragmatist.
The Pisces New Moon/Solar Eclipse
This week’s New Moon offers a beautiful moment of magic for such matters, as it also opens the gateways of a pair of eclipses and is the first of three SuperMoons.
Astrologer Richard Noelle first coined the term SuperMoon nearly 30 years ago. He explains that it means, “a new or full moon which occurs with the Moon at or near (within 90% of) its closest approach to Earth in a given orbit. In short, Earth, Moon and Sun are all in a line, with the Moon in its nearest approach to Earth.”
This particular New Moon brings a total solar eclipse (which can only happen on New Moons).
SuperMoons are noteworthy for their close association with extreme tidal forces working in what astrologers of old used to call the sublunary world: the atmosphere, crust, and oceans of our home planet – including ourselves, of course.
From extreme coastal tides to severe storms to powerful earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, the entire natural world surges and spasms under the sway of the SuperMoon alignment – within three days either way of the exact syzygy, as a general rule.
SuperMoon solar eclipses tend to have a wider sphere of impact, extending roughly a week before and after the actual event. And other lunar extremes (of declination, for example) can extend the geocosmic stress window by a day or two here and there in any case.
Of this week’s Pisces New Moon/Solar eclipse, April Elliott Kent also has superb insights to share:
During an eclipse, the fundamental laws of the universe no longer apply. The Sun browns out, like a faulty wire that dims your kitchen light when you turn on the garbage disposal.
Birds grow quiet. The world is shrouded in an apprehensive silence that you can almost hear.
A week either side of a solar eclipse finds us tiptoeing nervously through the graveyard, whistling a tune to keep the bogey man away.
Solar eclipses seem much more physically affecting than lunar ones, more unnerving, and the past themes they evoke – themes from nine, eighteen years ago – are anything but subtle.
The terrible accident. The death in the family. The ill-fated journey. The terrifying illness. Or more joyfully, the wedding, the birth of the first grandchild. They are big events, and evoke the feeling that something big is changing in the landscape of your life.
Get ready for groundbreaking changes, remembering of course that broken ground is the only sensible place to plant New Moon seeds.
Be Held By Mother Earth
And if we are in for a week of shake-ups, on top of these ongoing Tower Times, what a blessing that our lovely Earth Queen offers her strong, stable protection.
The Queen offers reassurance that you are meant to be happy, healthy, and content. If you are dealing with job, home, illness, or other practical concerns, she can help.
Nurturing, nest-making, family wealth and health, and all that is needed for comfort and security are her strengths. Pragmatic and generous, she calls for you to become indigenous to where you live.
Now is the time to understand your personal ecosystem, where your roots are, who your true allies are, and where to turn for shelter, safety, and nourishment.
As Joanna Macy, one of my favorite living Queen of Pentacles, urges, it is imperative that we actively engage in the “epochal transition from an industrial society committed to economic growth to a life-sustaining society committed to the healing and recovery of our world.”
In what ways do you need to address matters of down-to-earth importance? Are you facing any sorts of health issues or financial concerns?
Plant your wishes on this New Moon, if you wish to enhance these aspects of your life, with the Queen of Pentacles presiding.
She reminds us that magic is everywhere, and there can be plenty for all. The politics of inadequacy, stinginess, and competition is an illusion, created by those who would hold all the power.
When you are in love with your life, there is no lack. Gratitude begets abundance.
What if we were to live as if the world is our friend; as if we are a part of the interconnectedness of Life, not set apart or exiled from it? Let us begin making decisions as if our children’s future on this planet depends on us.
Allow Nature to shower you with blessings this week. Like the Queen, let your throne be, not in some dreary castle, but in the meadows and forests.
May the rich promise of this transition time fill your heart, and so it shall fill your practical needs as well.