The Card of the Day: The Queen of Pentacles (Reversed)
The Queen of Pentacles represents the success we gain after prolonged effort. Everything growing in her garden was guided by her skilled and patient hands. In the card, the Queen is calmly sitting, admiring her coin. Even though everything in her garden is not in full bloom, she finds contentment in the moment. She's present.
Are you content with your life just as it is right now? Do you tell yourself, "I'll be happy once I finally achieve X, or get Y." Do you race through time not acknowledging even small achievements you make? Are you sometimes a cruel task master to yourself? (You don't get to enjoy anything until you finish this!)
The Queen of Pentacles reminds you to ground yourself in the abundance of the present. Acknowledge the warmth of your home, the good meal you are eating, your time with loved ones, the beauty of the raindrops misting outside. Look at life with content eyes. Look at all this beauty!
In the foreground of the card (in the right- hand corner) is the Queen's pet rabbit. Rabbits are symbols of fertility (hence the Easter Bunny and the budding of Spring). They were also believed to bring good luck. (Remember those ghastly carnival rabbit’s feet in the 1980's?)
An old teacher of mine used to say "Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity." If you are preparing the way for future success, all you need to do is look out for the opportunity, then move toward it as swiftly as the rabbit when it arises. Rabbits are also symbols of nervous energy. This reminds us that we must still act toward our dreams even if we are afraid.
Today know that your efforts are ripening and blooming in their perfect timing. Find contentment in the now. Be like the Queen of Pentacles and enjoy what you have, what you've already achieved, and what is still manifesting.
When the Queen of Pentacles appears reversed, her jittery rabbit appears at the top of the card. The rabbit calls your attention to any extraneous worries about the future that are clouding your feelings in the present. The rabbit is a worrier. He frets about being late, potential dangers, pitfalls, traps, and potential enemies. All the while he is unable to feel at peace in the present moment. The rabbit mistakenly thinks that if he braces for every potential fear that could manifest he will be "ready" for them when they arrive. In actuality, the constant worry leads to unnecessary suffering and an inability to find joy in the present. The Queen of Pentacles is wise and encourages her companion not to worry so much. She is patient, centered, and quiet within her heart. This gives her the ability to sit back without fear and watch her garden bloom. The Queen's appearance today tells you to find a quiet and calm place within your heart today. You must go beyond the fretful antics of worrying rabbits and find your center.
The Queen of Pentacles' garden is growing in perfect timing but requires loving patience and a peaceful environment (mentally and physically). The garden will continue to steadily grow whether or not one worries about every future detail or potential calamity. Fear and worry kill joy and peace in the present. Anxiety wastes personal power and quickly depletes hope and energy. Today, emulate the wise and patient Queen. Find your calm. Find your center. Reassure the nervous rabbit within. The Queen knows that she has meticulously prepared her garden. Now all that is needed is to sit back and enjoy it while it grows. Stop worrying about the future! Relax. The blossoms are still opening whether you worry about them or not.