Mothering and the Queens of Pentacles and Cups
“Mothering involves not only physical survival and achievement … it is also concerned with guiding a child to his or her unknown depths and the mystery of fate.” — Thomas Moore (Care of the Soul)
The Queens of Pentacles and Cups (the “feminine suits”) are the good mothers of the Tarot’s Minor Arcana, but how should we differentiate them? The answer to this question can be inferred from the above quote from Thomas Moore. The Queen of Pentacles embodies the aspect of motherhood that involves physical nurturing, sustenance, and protection. The Queen of Cups signifies the care and guiding of a child’s heart and soul. As examples, the Queen of Pentacles makes us a hearty meal and reminds us to wear a sweater when we go out on a cold day. The Queen of Cups consoles us when we’re sad and sings softly to us as we fall asleep at night.