In Queering the Tarot, Cassandra Snow takes the most common interpretations and manifestations of the cards and discusses ways you might read them for a LGBTQQIA+ client – or for yourself. Read the whole series here!
I didn’t connect with Pentacles for a long time.
It felt like this suit was so much about materialism in a way I didn’t believe in and about family in a heteronormative way that I couldn’t relate too.
Over time though, this has become the most patient and reassuring set of cards in the tarot. My queerplatonic partner and I have carved out an incredibly unconventional home filled with unicorn masks, witchcraft, and love that no one understands – least of all us. It is still a home that is stable for our romantic partners, for the friends that come for game nights, and most importantly, for ourselves.
The Pentacles started making a little more sense then, but I struggled with the materialism I saw as inherent in them. Then my careers that I am deeply passionate about started taking off. It was never about the money, but wow, it feels great to succeed on my own terms. Then I fell into a wonderful group of queer friends where resource building and sharing sit at the core of our connection and love for each other. Somewhere in all of this, the Pentacles started standing above the rest of the deck when I needed comfort, love, and reassurance.
Queering the Pentacles is as easy as taking stock of what means something in your own queer life. It’s as simple as thinking about what you’re trying to grow and develop. It’s as important as changing the world at large, though this suit primarily relates to self, family (chosen or otherwise), and community. Big change starts within, and let’s not forget that though as queer or otherwise-marginalized people, we owe people like us all of the fire we have inside of ourselves, but living our lives joyfully and with firm roots in the ground is also a form of resistance. This is something other LGBTQ+ people can look at and say “Hey, that’s where I want to be; comfortable and happy.”
In allowing ourselves the luxury of the Pentacles, we are telling other queer people that they deserve luxury. In finding homes and families that we don’t see on TV but do feel deeply in our souls, we promise others that they can find that too. Living a full life in a world that hates you IS resistance, and that’s the type of resistance the Pentacles push us too. You’ve likely spent so much of your life battling personal trauma, collective trauma, and the daily trauma of living in a queerphobic world. Regardless of who is or isn’t watching, you deserve a safe space to breathe, and that is what the Pentacles bring.
This suit, for anyone, is all about slow growth. You’ve got to plant your seeds, and you’ve got to let them thrive on their own terms. As such, I’ve broken from my minor arcana format, giving each card in this suit it’s space to breathe and grow, allowing this suit to become whatever it needs to for you.
That brings us to the first card in this suit, the Ace.
If Aces bring news or are news, the literal quick translation of this card is “News of family, home or career, likely positive.” This is a happy and straight-shooting card. If you’ve been looking for your dream house, you’re probably going to find it. If you’ve been stuck in a dead end position in a field you love, you’re probably moving ahead pretty soon. Unexpected money shows up, including inheritances because of this suit’s ties to family (though it’s probably not anyone unexpected or whom you are super close to).
As a more spiritual card or energy, the Ace of Pentacles is a call to put down roots, to create a home, or to build or provide a resource. It’s a promise that you’re safe now, and safety means you’re at an exciting time where you can grow or develop anything you want and know that something good will come out of it, even if you don’t quite know what that something is. This card is a good omen and a great opportunity, and it’s for sure assuring you that NOW is the time to put down roots.
As career or financial news, a queering doesn’t change this card much but it does give it some nuance. In a world where in many states you can get fired for coming out as transgender or having a same sex partner, career advancement is a welcome breath. Given the aforementioned disproportionate levels of poverty, finding out you’re moving out of that is amazing news. It’s also healing in a way that I don’t think it would be for someone who wasn’t working at the intersections of poverty and another marginalized identity. This means that with a queer Ace of Pentacles we see an aspect of the card that we haven’t before: healing from past trauma and moving forward confidently, even if the manifestation of that is material and worldly.
This card is pretty straightforward, even when deconstructing it or queering it, but we can use it to dig a little deeper. The Ace of Pentacles is for sure promising that whatever you’re looking for for your chosen queer family is right around the corner, or it’s perhaps assuring you that what you need is right in front of your face. My queerplatonic partner struggled for years to find their footing in their family, until they accepted the love that me, their grandma, and so many of our dear friends offered so freely and unconditionally. This card is very much about accepting the earthly blessings you already have, and for many people, family that has previously not understood our identity or life comes around with this Ace.
In this day and age though, what so many of our queer families need is actual resources. Queer people, especially those of color, live in poverty at an incredibly disproportionately high rate. What we need is food security, friends with extra rooms, and knowing we’ll have a way to get to the work or odd jobs we do find.
This card could show up to tell you that those resources already exist in your area if you open yourself up to them. It could also mean that you are in a place to start providing those resources for other people. If you’re making a decent amount of money and have been wondering how to give back, think about what your local queer community needs and find a way to do that. If you cook well, find somewhere that will host community meals a few times a week. Find someone who knows who’s homeless in your community and knows how to distribute armfuls of blankets and gloves to those who need them in the cold.
You don’t have to do everything, but this card often shows you’re in a place to do something, and that is powerful knowledge that you can put into action quickly.