Visconti-Sforza Tarot (Cary-Yale 1466): Lady of Coins
Coins are also referred to as pentacles and may be represented by a five pointed star in a circle, or a coin decorated with a five pointed star. They correspond to the playing card suit of Diamonds. This suit represents the element Earth, and the social class of Merchants. Coins are considered a Feminine suit. Coins typically represent material wealth and possessions, the body and health, and the environment of the questioner.
The Ladies typically concern youthful, independent, female adults. Unlike their male counterparts, the Knights, the Ladies are less inclined to impulsivity and overconfidence, and more inclined to educational pursuits and planning for the future. The Ladies are self-sufficient, self-assured young women who know their own power and their limits. They are ambitious and quest for academic knowledge and growth. They look towards building careers or dedicating their lives to the arts or sciences. They are typically less interested in fertility and procreation, and as such may also represent older women who have chosen positively not to be mothers in favour of other creative or scientific endeavours. They sometimes represent medicine, or life-changing sacrifices. They can represent important contributions to the world.
Hard work. Accumulation of wealth. Slow progress. Long journey. Management. Planning for the future. Career ladder.
The battle arena of the Lady of Coins is the world of work, money, and material possessions. She can be very serious and she plans her battles well – sometimes too well. She is excessively concerned with status, and how others perceive her. Sometimes the effort to display her wealth is at the expense of the accumulation of wealth. Her quest for material gain can be at the expense of spiritual welfare. This card can serve as a warning to redress the work-life balance, or to reassess personal priorities.
Reversed Meaning: Overlooked by others. Fruitless endeavour. Frustration. Shallowness. Spending.
The Lady of Coins can be stymied in her progress by the prejudice of others. This card can serve as advice to the questioner to stop beating their head against this particular brick wall or glass ceiling, and to move on to pastures new where fresh opportunities may arise in a more positive environment. Sometimes this card may also indicate that the questioner's determination to prove themselves or display their status is getting in the way of more meaningful pursuits, or indeed the accumulation of true wealth, such as savings and investments.