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…