III- The Empress
Associated Astrology: Venus
Key words: Creativity, Earthiness, Fertility, Motherhood, Sensuality, Abundance, Beauty, Care, Conception, Physicality, Process, Growth, The Natural World.
"At the end of the day, Mother Nature has only one question for us: 'What life did you nurture today?' " - Robert Brault
Welcome to the nurturing Empress Card. This card is a sensory celebration of the natural world and teems with variety. Her message is about creative abundance and as a result she is one of the most prevalent archetypes in mythology. From the goddess Lakshimi in India to Gaia in Greece and Pachamama in Native America, she is known by many names. This is fitting for a figure whose domain includes all animals, all plants and all environments. Like all mothers, she truly has her hands full!
Due to her mothering connotations, The Empress can indicate a pregnancy or a birth, and if attempting to conceive she is a great omen - 'fertile' could be her middle name! If you are already a mother, she is identifying a renewal in how you perceive the role of motherhood. This is wonderful card for connecting with children. She can also indicate a focus on your relationship with your own mother. As always, surrounding cards will help you nail down the specifics of her various mothering roles.
However, like every mother, the Empress is far more than just her maternal job description. Her message covers the concept of the sacred femine principle, and she advises on a number of ways to connect with this energy.
As an immensely creative figure, she asks if you are making time to pursue creative endeavours. If you are involved in any form of artist pursuit or would like to be, then this is the energy that reinvigorates inspiration. Write that book, sign up to that pottery class, take those photos, bake that cake, paint that picture or dance, sing and act. The Empress is all about expression through celebratory means. She can also indicate acquiring knowledge in the fields of natural medicine, spiritual healing, teaching, environment and any kind of compassionate work. No Shaman in the world would be without her.
The Empress encourages embracing nature and not just in a picture postcard sense. She is wild and sensory, as all her energy comes from the environment. She is asking that you become mindful of the senses and open to the untamed beauty of life, not just visually, but with touch, taste, scent and sound also.
If your moods are too changeable and your energy levels are low, then embrace her tenderness with rejuvination. Let her delight you with a spa trip, or an outdoor performance. If energy levels are vigorous, then throw yourself into redesigning your new garden or perhaps going for a surf. Whatever floats your Empress boat!
This is an ideal time to connect and play with any of the other incredible species we happen to share this lovely planet with. Joy is so prevelent in this card and animals create constant access to that aspect of her. The more you appreciate the abundance around you the more the abundance can be shared with you.
Male or female, this card asks you to embrace the concept of wealth in all forms. If scarcity is an issue, make a list of the areas of your life that you are rich in i.e. health, friendship, partnership, humour, family, talent or beauty. Take a moment to focus on them and feel grateful. Gratitude is the key to abundance, and it helps us to connect with the moment too.
Throw your arms around the physical world and The Empress. You are the proverbial child she is carrying and she can barely wait to connect with you and watch you thrive.