~ Discovering the Wild Unknown: Father of Pentacles ~
Today’s card draw in the Discovering the Wild Unknown series is the Wild Unknown Father of Pentacles.
I want to start off by providing an important notice, which will be included in all of this series. However, other things that will be included that you can skip to are:
- Card Description
- Considering the Card, where I look at how I would interpret certain imagery used
- Traditional Rider-Waite definition
I only include the latter as a comparison, to show how wandering down your own understanding of images and symbols can bring you to a similar meaning, though along a different path with different experiences. This is to help expand knowledge of the card.
I will not, however, be including the definitions from the guidebook, as that is not the point of this. Also, I don’t have rights to that material.
I started this series because I had read that people struggled with the deck purely because the definitions in the Little White Book were very Rider-Waite-based, and that there wasn’t much wisdom regarding the animals and symbolism chosen.
This series is to help you to decipher the meanings yourselves. I am by no means saying what I have to say about the cards are correct for anyone outside myself. However, I am providing my daily journal entries regarding the deck to act as a guide so that you can begin your own journey.
When I started tarot, I had no idea what to write in my journal, and thus didn’t. Instead I obsessively read and re-read the Little White Book belonging to the Spiral Tarot (which is why today I can completely quote the book). I didn’t trust myself to know the cards, even when I could recite the definitions. I was afraid to put the book down.
To this fear of lack of knowledge, Kim Krans, creator of The Wild Unknown, writes:
You do know enough. You’ve been a person on earth every day since you were born. You’ve experienced all the emotions and situations these cards depict. Quiet the naysayer…don’t let it prevent you from sitting down with a friend (or yourself) and using these cards to help talk about what’s going on in your life. It will be positive. It will be radical. You’ll find things start to reveal themselves through the cards that have been hidden away, covered with dust.pp.10-11, The Wild Unknown Guidebook
Description of the Wild Unknown Father of Pentacles
The Wild Unknown Father of Pentacles (also known as the King of Pentacles) shows a stag in the center of the card. He has large 4-point antlers that are rainbow in color. They start out dark purple toward his head, then move to blue, green, yellow, orange, and red at the tips. The colors are vibrant, as though instead of using watercolor for them, Krans used marker to ensure the prominentness of the shades (though now that I look closer, I think she actually did use marker).
Between the antlers is a Pentacle. The star and circle are white while the background of the Pentacle is black. The Pentacle radiates rays all over the card, drawing the eye to it.
Traditional Card Meaning
The Kind of Pentacles is Earth on Earth. He is grounded, stable, sturdy. As a person, he is generally wealthy, financial stable, and in some form of higher up management. As a figurative meaning, the King of Pentacles represents achievement, being at the top of the class in practical matters. The King of Pentacles can represent good health, good material surroundings and gain, good money management, and a steady hand at creating and/or fixing things.
However, the King of Pentacles might be too grounded, and thus, neglect other matters such as those of the heart, mind, or passionate nature.
What I derive from the Wild Unknown Father of Pentacles
When I think of stags, I generally think of a stag-do, in which seems a little ridiculous. But then I thought about what a stag is, and why it is that they call it such. Stags, every year do mating calls and fight to impress and gain a mate. During this time, they own the forest. They utilize the trees on their antlers and they stand regally, even if they lose the fight. They are embodiment of the woods. It’s no coincidence that the Greenman is depicted with deer, or that in some depictions of Pan, he has antlers. He’s not part goat, he’s part deer!
In owning the forest, he becomes the caretaker of the woodlands, and all that are within it, friend and foe. He recognizes the order of life and knows its necessity.
About the Deck
The Wild Unknown Tarot is a 2016 Harper One publication, created by Kim Krans. The deck is widely available at most bookstores who carry Tarot cards, but also on Amazon. Kim Krans always wrote The Wild Unknown Guidebook.