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Term: empress

DEFINITIONS

Empress: One of the trumps of the Major Arcana of the tarot. Numbered III. In the system of Eliphas Levi, it corresponds to the Hebrew letter Gimel. In the system of the Golden Dawn, The Empress corresponds to the Hebrew letter Daleth and the planet Venus.

Empress:

The Empress is the third Major Arcanum of the Tarot. Here are some of its characteristics.

Image: Crowned and enthroned woman, usually pregnant

Hebrew letter: Daleth

Divinatory meaning: fertility, productivity, fulfillment, motherhood

Path on the Tree of Life: 14th path connecting Binah to Chokmah.

Qabalistic Description. The 3rd Key, the 14th Path. Daughter of the Mighty Ones, the Empress is the Universal Mother. The Path of the Empress connects Chokmah to Binah, Father to Mother. This is the Path of Unity, the union of Force and Form. The Empress is the root-essence of Emotion in its more pure form. Daleth is the Door of the inner mysteries.

Card Description. The Empress is an aspect of Isis, suggesting the creative and positive side of Nature. She expresses the Egyptian trilogy of Isis, Hathor, and Nephthys. In the Tarot, the High Priestess, Hathor, is symbolized by the crescent or full moon; the Empress, Isis, is represented by either the crescent moon or Venus; Justice, Nephthys, is represented by the gibbous moon.

Isis, and Venus, gives the aspect of Love. Hathor is the Mystic, the full moon, reflecting the Sun of Tiphareth while in Yesod, transmitting the rays of the Sun in her path Gimel. In interpreting a practical Tarot it is often admissible to regard the Empress as standing for Occultism. The High Priestess for religion, the Church as distinguished from the Hermetic Order.

Interpretation. Beauty, happiness, pleasure, success, also luxury and sometimes dissipation, but only if with very evil cards.

Psychological Value. You may use this Arcanum when you feel alienated from the rest of the world, cut off from your environment. It can help you correct a feeling of inner isolation that has become an obstacle to your communication with others. You may also use this Arcanum when want to disseminate your ideas in a convincing manner. It increases your capacity to adapt, as well as the reasoning power of your rational mind. (According to the Divine Arcana of the Aurum Solis -  Divinity: Demeter;  Greek Letter: Nu.) 


source: Llewellyn's Complete Book of Psychic Empowerment, by Carl Llewellyn Weschcke &Joe H. Slate (Llewellyn Publications) - Carl Llewellyn Weschcke

Also See: L'Imperatrice

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