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Queen of Pentacles, Card by WinonaCookie


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Original watercolor and inkline depiction of “The Queen of Pentacles” tarot card designed for an Art Nouveau deck.

I designed this piece as part of a proposal for an all-female tarot card deck to be depicted in an art nouveau style. I also wanted the women to have different ethnicities depending on suit and for the deck to combine astrological (zodiac signs) and wiccan (elements, Four Directions, seasons) components into each card in a meaningful way.

I see Pentacles as an Earth suit, with an Eastern direction, situated at dawn during a bountiful and temperate autumn. Pentacles signify the sensuality of the physical plane, material gain and attainment, as well as being a symbol for the magical arts, the five elements of nature and the five senses. I wanted my Queen of Pentacles to embody opulence, sensuality and abundance. She says, “I Have”, “I Use” and “I Analyze”. I envision all the women in the Pentacles suit as being Latina and/or Mediterranean, and this Queen is lounging on her chaise in a lush garden at dawn, smoking her hookah and feasting on wine and fruit. She is surrounded by symbols of fruitfulness and beauty and her hookah is etched with the zodiac symbols Taurus, Capricorn and Virgo. She welcomes you to indulge with her as her nature is generous. All pentacles are depicted in earthy jewel tones.

This original artwork is copyright Ramona Szczerba 2010. Copyright is not transferable with the sale of this item. The buyer is not entitled to any reproduction rights – image cannot be reproduced without my express written permission. Thanks!


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When Ramona Szczerba (a.k.a, Winona Cookie) is not being a psychologist in private practice in San Diego,she enjoys creating whimsical children’s illustrations in watercolor, but also loves working with collage and assemblage. Her artwork and short stories have appeared in several publications including The Steampunk Bible and can be seen at www.winonacookieillustration.com. Originals available – check www.winonacookie.etsy.com for availability.
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  • mhkantor
    mhkantorover 4 years ago

    wonderful work. great tarot card. fantastic.

  • WonderlandGlass
    WonderlandGlassover 4 years ago

    Stunning work, Ms Cookie… as always.

  • Thanks, Wonderland xoxo

    – WinonaCookie

  • mhkantor
    mhkantorover 4 years ago

    just read your side piece and it reminded me of the most fantastic tarot deck i ever saw and used. unfortunately i don’t have it anymore and have never seen it again.
    it had astrological notations for all 52 cards and if memory serves kabbalah notations too. thanks so much for the memory. m

  • Thanks for your kind comments, mhkantor. The different elements go together so nicely, I always wonder why they aren’t put together more often…I don’t know too much about kabbalah, though.

    – WinonaCookie

  • MoonSpiral
    MoonSpiralover 4 years ago

    I always love your tarot cards….for the amazing art along with your spot on interpretations of the cards!

  • thanks so much, MoonSpiral :-).

    – WinonaCookie

  • Susan  Kimball
    Susan Kimballover 4 years ago

    Really wonderful work!

  • WinonaCookie
    WinonaCookieover 4 years ago

    Thanks Susan!

  • ElegantSavages
    ElegantSavagesover 4 years ago

    Absolutely superb:)…would love a pack of these:)x

  • I’d love to make a pack!

    – WinonaCookie

  • RosaCobos
    RosaCobosabout 4 years ago

    Dear Winona..
    I can’t say much more about the symbolism of this character..so opulent and related to the earthly matters.
    It is a beautiful depiction and quite free,and I am glad that you have written so much about her. I love her smoking from that oriental pipe..it seems that she is really govening her realm and having all power within her Essence.

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