“At the touch of love, everyone becomes a poet.”
The Empress, number three of the #MajorArcana, is known as the mother card in #tarot. She is often depicted with a cornucopia of produce, sitting on a throne in a field of tall and healthy wheat or corn. Sometimes she is pregnant, and always she is voluptuous and beautiful.
In many ways she recalls the pagan goddesses associated with fertility. Especially in the case of corn and wheat goddesses, modern decks may incorporate references to these. She also is associated with the #Gaia entity and all things earthly. As the Empress she is the leader, mother, standard, and muse. As an aspect of the querent, she can bring up issues of feminine imbalance. She brings out awareness not only to what we are nurturing, gestating, and encouraging in our life, but also to how we take care of ourselves. If you were your own parent, how are you treating yourself? Are you patient, or disapproving? Supportive, or critical? Loving, or harsh?
This character/aspect also relates to our sexuality. In ancient cultures one of the main practices of priestesses in the temple, alongside the grinding of grains and the making of bread, was the building and releasing of sexual, creative energies. The link between sex and longevity was well known, and sex with the Self, the divine, and with others, was seen as a healing and life-giving act. In coitus any energy can be transformed into pure creative potential, just as the static flour can be transformed into the life giving bread by the heat of the oven.
This card comes directly after the High Priestess, and the two have much in common. However, where the priestess deals with initiations, occult knowledge, and holding energies inside, the Empress as the three is a catalyst which grows both outwards and inwards, amplifying the qualities of any card she is paired with. When this card comes out in a reading ask yourself, ‘What is growing inside of me? What am I nurturing in my life, and am I expressing myself fully as a wise, sexual, empowered being?’
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