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Which Card and Why?

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When our wrangler for this hop, Maureen Aisling Duffy-Boose, said she’d like us to create a tarot card for this hop that we felt best represented this time of year, I knew straight away which card I’d be doing.  Then, I started thinking about how to explain my choice, and that felt a good deal harder.  Nevertheless, here goes…

My choice for Mabon, the last harvest festival, is the King of Pentacles.  For me, he represents enjoying the luxury of good things and simple pleasures – such as the fruits of the harvest.  More than that, though, he is also about taking responsibility for the physical well-being of others, those in the wider community.

Now, that might sound rather like the Queen of Pentacles.  And I did think about her, too.  However, if the separation between the King and Queen is to be more than about binary gender (which I feel it must be, as everyone has aspects of all sixteen Court cards within them), then what are the differences between them?

For me, the King is Fire of Earth.  So, he is more about action, dynamism, taking charge, and blue sky thinking, all within the realm of the physical, material or financial.  The Queen, as Earth of Earth, is more nurturing, very practical, but more focused on the here and now, on those people that she actually sees and knows.

In terms of the harvest festival, the King would be the one to organise people to help with a food drive, to come up with creative ways to distribute the food, to set tasks for people in terms of harvesting and preserving food.  He likes to be generous and magnanimous, and he certainly knows about what people would enjoy in terms of physical luxuries, as he enjoys them himself.  So, he’s the perfect choice for organising a harvest festival, or indeed any big party focused around food 🙂

The Queen would be wonderful at actually doing much that needs to be done: she’s very much a dig-in-and-do-it person.  She loves nurturing others, and creating delicious food, and is very practical in terms of decorations and everything else.  If you want a family party, or someone to make all kinds of beautiful or delicious things, she’s your gal.  However, she’s not known for her ability to delegate, which is definitely needed for something on a larger scale.  She wouldn’t think of organising a big fundraiser with high-end food and drink: what’s the point of a Cuban cigar or a 50 year old whisky when the cigar is bad for your health, and a 10 year old whisky is just as likely to taste good?

My image is based on the RWS version of the King of Pentacles.  I sketched it out in pencil first, ran over the lines in graphic pen, and then coloured it using Photoshop.

I hope you enjoyed this little exploration, and now let’s hop on round to see other people’s creations…

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16 Responses to “Which Card and Why?”

  • I love your sense of practicality Chloe, it makes the energies really applicable to everyday life, in a way that people could totally relate to!

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    • Thanks, Joanna. It’s funny to realise that while I see the next turn of the Wheel as being very spiritually focused, for me this one is all about practicality – getting ready for winter and doing all you can to be prepared 🙂

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  • The King of Pentacles is a card I always associate with abundance too. Good choice 🙂

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    • Thanks, Ania! I’m very much looking forward to checking out the Meniscus Tarot offering, too 🙂

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  • I love your piece….I love how you described him…organise food drive, ramp people up to distribute food. Creative in every day Chloe!

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    • Thanks, Joanna! I know there are plenty of other aspects to this festival, but that’s the one that really called to me this time around 🙂

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  • Nice work! 🙂 I am not very good with Photoshop but I plan to work on those skills. I like that you drew it out in pencil first and then colored it on the comp!

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    • I’ve really enjoyed getting to know Photoshop. Of course, the more detailed the piece you start with, the easier it is to add subtlety and nuance to it, which this doesn’t have. Still, KISS – Keep It Simple Sista! 😀

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    • Thanks, Christiana 🙂 I found it interesting because I did straight away think of the King, and then began to wonder for myself why that was and how come not the Queen… Amazing what we can discover about our own thought processes in these exercises 😉

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  • Krysten

    What a lovely depiction of the King of Earth! I really like the earthy shades and symbols, the varying shades of green make me think of lush fields of abundance and the loving, generous heart chakra and his down to earth nature. The stone wall speaks to me of his protective and stubborn tendencies.

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    • Thanks, Krysten! And I’m glad you noticed the varieties in the green. I didn’t want the image to be too blocky, but I also couldn’t do much in terms of subtle differences within particular areas. Love your description of the King, and the connection with the heart chakra, too. And yes, definitely a stubborn character – that shows in the bull heads, too 😀

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  • Hi Chloe,

    I was just pondering the King of Pentacles the last few days and how much I like him, at least his nature bent haha. I was continuing my trek through the blog hop and read your post and really appreciated your insights, especially the contrast between the king and queen.

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