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Earth is all aspects of life: birth, life, death, and rebirth. In most decks this would be the Ace  of Pentacles or Coins. Typically depicted by a left hand (symbolizing receptivity) holding a coin.
What I See:
All right, all at once…awww!
A very earthy card with the greens and browns. As a mammal, the fawn is the only animal depicted on the aces that stays close to home after birth to be nurtured by its mother. On a human level, we probably also relate more with the fawn than the other animals we’ve seen thus far. Babies are born, nurse from their mothers, are encouraged to take those first steps out into the world, and are ‘picked up’ when they fall.
To me, I get a sense of innocence from this card, much more so than the others. Is it the huge eyes? There’s wonder too. I imagine those ears swinging back and forth to pick up all the sounds of the forest, perhaps trying to figure out what made the rustling in the leaves just out of the frame.
General Earth element/Pentacles suit:
- Keywords: Money, Material World, Property, Inheritance, Wealth, Business, Possessions, Savings, Talents, Training, Education, Study, Time, Giving and Receiving, Profit and Loss, Tangible Reality, Work, Values, Mother Nature, Emotional Security, Sensual Pleasure, and Rewards.
- Style: Drying, Cracking, Materializing, Stabilizing, Crystallizing, and Solidifying.
- Jungian Function: Sensing
Light (upright) Reading:
Good fortune or health may be coming your way.
- Keywords: Tangible Beginnings, Prosperity, Comfort, and Reward.
Shadow (upside down or reverse) Reading:
Beware of being out of touch with your body.
- Keywords: Greed, Miserliness, Possessiveness, and Materialism.
The Ace of Earth represents a new beginning on a physical level. Perhaps your story focuses on someone entering the world of sports for the first time. Or training for that big event. What about someone getting a new lease on life? Recovering from an illness. Recovering from an addiction. Maybe they are taking on an active — physical — role in their own life story for the first time.
All Aces represent the potential for creation. Perhaps you story involves a pregnancy. Perhaps a new idea is conceived.
This is the Earth card, stories about conservation, habitat, and Earth deities come to mind. Perhaps your character has inherited land. Pentacles also represent money…a new career, a promotion, an investment.
Traditionally, the pentacle is shown with a five-pointed star design on it. Each point stands for a sense and the circle of the coin unites them. What about a magic coin? Or lucky penny? According to Tarot for Writers by Corrine Kenner, the Ace of Pentacles was considered the most favorable card in the deck, suggesting people “have the resources they need to pursue their dreams and manifest their spiritual, emotional, and intellectual ideals.” I see a story weaving all the elements together in that statement. How about you?
- Ace Themes: Beginning, Potential, Opportunity, Conception, Birth, or Elemental Energy.
Of the four creatures on the aces, only the fawn stays close to home to be nursed by its mother. You are a nurturer or are receiving nurturing from others.
- Suit Archetype/Feudal Class: Merchants, Business, and Professional class.
Additionally, look up one of the Earth signs (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn) for personality traits.
For more information on the Aces in general, please refer back to the Ace of Air.
Image: Gaian Tarot by Joanna Powell Colbert from Llewellyn Worldwide