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The Wild Unknown Tarot Card Interpretation Database: Mother of Pentacles

Use this resource as a guide to interpreting the Mother of Pentacles tarot card as drawn by Kim Krans in The Wild Unknown tarot deck.

Mother of Pentacles The Wild Unknown
Mother of Pentacles

Visual Description

A doe rests upon the ground, her long-lashed eyes staring straight out at the querent and her ears upright and alert. She may be still and silent, but that does not mean she is not present and on the lookout for danger. Because she has what is most precious to her at her side. A tiny fawn is curled up asleep near her heart, its little speckled back and fluffy tail facing outwards.

Behind the pair are cool, horizontal lines that are evenly spaced and rising from purple up to green. At the top of the card is a pentacle.

Numerology + Suits

Court Cards are not tied to a number, and thus numerology is not relevant for this card in particular. But each Court Card (Daughter, Son, Mother, Father) comes with their own set of symbolism and energy. The Mother within the Court Cards represents our inner nurturer, intuitive healing abilities, and deep emotions. It is aligned to the element of Water.

Court Cards can represent either a person in your life, a certain characteristic or personality, or a side of your own personality for you to examine. They are notoriously hard to interpret within a spread! So do your best and see how this card connects to the larger story.

Pentacles correspond with the element of earth and represent the material world. This means anything related to career, work, monetary resources, the skills we use to gain those resources, and the tangible goods we can buy with those resources.

Within the Suit of Pentacles, all the Court Cards are represented by a Deer. Deers symbolically represent our natural instincts, intuition, and devotion. They may also be a symbol of speed, agility, compassion, gentleness, and survival.

Upright Interpretation

The Mother of Pentacles represents the tangible ways we nurture the people, projects, and places we most care about. How do you show care for what you love? She is a safe harbor for her loved ones, an open ear for both fears and dreams. Her presence is heart-centered and open, and when you are with the Mother of Pentacles you know she is listening and alert for what is most needed.

While the Mother of Pentacles appears gentle, her compassion is her strength. It was the material with which she builds her life and fills it with what matters. What is your relationship to compassion? How can you use it as a resource to nurture something important to you?

Reversed Interpretation

Reversed, there is a lack of balance. You may be giving too much of yourself away to others, ignoring your own needs and desires to make others feel safe. But your safety, security, and happiness matter, too. Have you lost sight of that? Relationships, even between mother and child, grow into some level of reciprocation. Where are you doing so much for your child/partner/friend/colleague that you are taking away their power (or will) to give back to you?

Alternatively, you may be withholding nurturance and compassion out of fear of losing yourself to the relationship. You may be aware of your own past tendencies and resisting intimacy in an effort to avoid falling into old patterns. What or who are you avoiding commitment to? Is it out of fear?


Learn more about interpreting The Wild Unknown tarot card deck with the help of this step-by-step guide for interpreting the deck's common symbols, colors, lines and more.


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