Ace of Pentacles Tarot – The Scarab Beetle
This tarot card kicked my butt for a really long time. When I first started to work on ideas for it, for some reason I was drawn to the idea of the scarab – or you know, to put it bluntly – the dung beetle. I really loved their role as being sacred to the Ancient Egyptians, and the idea that this critter can create this perfect sphere.. that was my metaphorical pentacle.
I loved beetles growing up; back in 6th grade, we did a project on mealworms. They were so cute! Smooth, not slimy with those cute little faces. My friend and I even named our little mealworms after McDonalds’ burgers. (Flash back to the rumours that mealworms were fillers in burger meat) We had Quarter Pounder, and my little Big Mac, among others. When our project was done, I decided to take a few of my now-beetles home, and man, those guys reproduced for years. All through high school, even. I was in beetle heaven! I don’t have them anymore but I have fond memories of those little guys.
I wasn’t really sure if a beetle would be fitting with the style of this deck, but eventually I went with my instincts and I think I’m pretty happy with this card. I decided to shape the painting in a way to create my round pentacle with the branches and leaves, with the sun in the background with the traditional five points of the pentacle. I don’t know if it was really necessary for the beetle to be rainbow coloured; but I suppose it works. This tarot is about abundance and wealth (hence the grapes as well) so I thought a joyful beetle with all the colours of the rainbow would be fitting. This is definitely a throw back to those little beetles way back when.