Intuitive Self-Care with Tarot: The Queen of Pentacles

It's been a while since I have done a Self-Care with Tarot blog, but I decided to start a mini series based off my course Self-Care Like a Queen. In this course participants learn about self-care and develop their own self-care strategy based off intuitively determined values.

The following is taken right from my course  I hope it serves you!: 

Each queen will drive us to a certain part of self care. For this module, we are working with the Queen of Pentacles. This queen teaches us about the very bare bones type of self care. She teaches us how to take care of our body. She drives us to safety and security.

Without her guidance, some would argue we could get nowhere without these needs met. I tend to disagree because there are lots of people doing amazing things that don’t eat or sleep properly or are even homeless. It’s just rare. We need to feel safe, secure, fed, clothed and well rested to do the best work we can. This queen reminds us that it is more than ok to ask for our needs to be met. It’s more than ok to want money, to want food, to want a nap.

The thing is that these needs get all twisted up sometimes. Relationships with money, food, and rest can be very complicated and while we will not go into all of it here in complete detail, we will be coming up with strategies that can help us care for any or all of these areas. 

The Queen of Pentacles from Universal Waite Tarot

The Queen of Pentacles from Universal Waite Tarot

The Queen of Pentacles is what is referred to as a court card. There are pages, knights, queens and kings in most decks. They each represent a personality, an energy.  The queens typically represent an internal drive and while she is a leader, she is one who may not proclaim herself as a leader, but rather a teacher. People listen to her wisdom because he wisdom shows years and years of self-work and learning.

When we look at this Queen of Pentacles we can easily note the richness about her. Things just blossom around her. A little white bunny hops by reminding us that a place of security, richness and nurturing creates fertile ground for anything we want to create. She holds onto this security, this pentacle, not gripping, nor letting it fall loosely.

She is always aware of her needs and gently holds them in her sight.

She is not one to wonder why she is so tired or irritable or feel like a mess because she is always checking in with her needs, knowing they can change day to day. She also doesn’t appear to look guilty for resting in her garden to take a moment to think about what she needs. I mean what queen would feel guilty about that?

ELEMENT: EARTH.

Everything the other queens need grow from her well taken care of land.

CHAKRA: ROOT

Keywords: Stability, Security, Grounding

Location in the Body: Base of Body, Feet, Legs, Anus

Color: Red

Mantra: LAM (say aloud to open up work with this Chakra)

Crystals to use: Jasper, Carnelian, Black Tourmaline, Hematite, Tiger’s Eye

Smells: Cedarwood, Patchouli, Myrrh, Sandalwood

Flowers: Sage, Dandelion, Rosemary,Elderberry

Foods: Root Vegetables I associate the Root Chakra with the Queen of Pentacles because the element of the Root Chakra is Earth.

The Root Chakra is what stabilizes us, helps us feel secure enough to act. The Root chakra nurtures and protects when it is properly channeled.

Actions: Yoga, meditation, walking outside (especially barefoot), drinking tea

BUT the most important thing to remember here is that we start by asking our body what it needs each morning, each evening and throughout the day. I would even say this is a higher practice than sitting once a day and doing a special meditation...don’t get me wrong that is great practice, but the balancing of the chakras happens throughout the day as you live self aware.

Ask your body. What do you need? What do you want?

As silly as it sounds remind your body that you are here for it.

Physiological and Safety Needs

According to Abraham Maslow’s theory base needs must be met before anything else can be attained.

These needs are:

1. Food

2. Water

3. Sleep

4. Safety

5. Security

When approaching self-care, it would be wise to ask yourself if these needs are met before diving in too deeply into something else. It seems so simple, but we all know it’s not.

When was the last time you went without food to save time or sleep?

When was the last time you risked your emotional security to help someone else out of obligation?

Safety is more than just looking both ways before crossing the street. It’s about feeling safe on all levels, emotionally and spiritually too.

There is no sense doing something if you don’t feel safe and secure.

Start with your security and go from there.