Queen of Pentacles

The weather has been completely unforgiving this week.  It’s the low desert so I’m used to blazing heat, but this summer has been all about being humid and swampy as fuck.  Needless to say it’s Iced Everything weather.  However, my pantry, fridge and freezer are all basically empty, so I splurged on a smoothie this morning on the way to work.  While I was waiting for the raw vegan hippie to make my breakfast, I drew the Queen of Wands.  I also drew a blank.

Honestly, it’s not like I don’t get the court cards; I’m pretty sure I do.  It’s just that when I pull one of them on their own, I have trouble placing it in my life.  And it was the same today.

So later I’m expecting a research faculty to come visit (I’m a librarian) so I can help her work with print indexes.  And as I was clearing off a desk and pulling the relevant years for her, I realized that working with print indexes and abstracts is totally pentacles work in that it’s about the physical realm.  The young folks (we call them “digital natives” when we’re trying not to sound like grumpy old folks) have no idea what research used to involve because they’ve always been able to look things up.  But when you’re doing research into government hearings in the 70’s, there’s very little online and plenty in library basements.

And if you want to find anything in that realm of dust, poor lighting, and cracking book spines… you better know a Queen of Pentacles.

Queen of Pentacles

Six of Pentacles

Finally, a suit card. I’m getting tired of the trumps. I wonder what that says about me.  But who cares! Right now its about the Six of Pentacles.

This is quite the capitalistic card. We’ve got a richly dressed businessman dispensing charity to two beggars, who are kneeling in supplication. The rich man looks self-satisfied, while the beggars look relieved. The rich man is carrying a scale, and I assume he is using it to give the beggars equal amounts. If they weren’t kneeling, I’d think he was paying their wages.

When I first glanced at the card, I thought it meant “generosity.” But looking just a tiny bit closer changed that. I feel like it actually represents greed or stinginess– whether you are the rich or the poor, inequality and unfairness are affecting you with this card.

Perhaps it’s also disappointment; you’ve recently been hoping for something, maybe despite your better judgment, and it didn’t turn out the way you hoped.

Six of Pentacles