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III, The Empress

This post was written by Barbara Moore
on January 20, 2011 | Comments (5)

Although this card is called the Empress, we interpret it more as a Great Mother or Mother Nature rather than any sort of political ruler. There is little about this card that brings to mind human laws or social rules. Instead, this is a card of lush richness. Abundance. The glories of nature. These things are the results of the actions and energy of this card.

The Empress, as the Great Mother, speaks of creation more than anything. The act of creation includes nurturing and caring for that which is created. The card is also one of beauty and love. Or perhaps more specifically about the way love beautifies one’s world.

While a rampant and abundant garden can be a thing of decadent beauty, one that is overgrown begins to strangle all that is within it. Love and care are good things, but too much leads to a feeling of being smothered. This is the interpretation often given to the reversed or ill-dignified position.

The image is from Ciro Marchetti’s deck, the Legacy of the Divine Tarot.

Reader Comments

Written By James Wells
on January 20th, 2011 @ 9:33 am

There seems to be a correlation between the Empress and the World:

a) They’re related numerologically. When we add Trump 21’s digits together, we get 3.

b) They both carry a Mother Earth vibe.

c) I wonder if the Empress is the physical Mother Earth and the World is the Anima Mundi, the Soul of the World.

Written By Barbara Moore
on January 20th, 2011 @ 12:01 pm

James, that is a stunning idea. I never considered it and now I wonder why. Thank you!

Written By Pietra di Chiaro Luna
on January 20th, 2011 @ 3:14 pm

I totally see what James has mentioned… I feel that what is planned and generated in the Empress is born and living in The World.

Written By Blackbird "BB"
on January 21st, 2011 @ 5:35 pm

Beautifal card, Beautifal Deck. Thanks for the Peak Barb.
and I Agree, Very interesting Idea James has there.


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