Wednesday, October 10, 2012

III The Empress

III The Empress

Keywords:  Abundance, Action & reaction, Activity, Appreciating beauty, Being earthy, Caring, Cherishing the world, Compassion, Creativity, Doing physical activity, Earth connection, Embracing the natural, Enjoying extravagance, Experiencing the senses,  Expressing tenderness, Feeling connected to the Earth, Feeling rich, Feeling vibrantly healthy, Fertility, Focusing on the body, Friendly opposition, Generosity, Giving & receiving pleasure, Giving birth (literally or figuratively), Going outdoors, Growth, Harmonizing with natural rhythms , Harvest, Having more than enough, Joy, Loving care & attention, Luxuriating in plenty, Mental & social pursuits, Mind over matter, Mothering, Nature, Needs fulfilled, Nourishing life, Nurturing & caring for others, Open spirit, Physical activity, Pleasure, Prosperity, Relating to plants & animals, Responding to Nature, Receiving lavish reward, Rewards, Senses, Separation of ties, Social activity, Successful creative pursuits, Understanding, Vibrantly healthy, Welcoming abundance, Working with children

The Empress and the High Priestess are the two halves of the female archetype in the major arcana. The Empress represents the fertile, life-giving Mother who reigns over the bounty of nature and the rhythms of the Earth. From her comes all the pleasures and joys of the senses and the abundance of new life in all its forms. The Empress encourages you to strengthen your connections with the natural world which is the ground of our being. Too often false sophistications and pleasures take us far from our roots. Let the Empress remind you to keep your feet firmly planted in the Earth. 

In readings the Empress can refer to any aspect of Motherhood. She can be an individual mother, but as a Major Arcana card, she also goes beyond the specifics of mothering to its essence - the creation of life and its sustenance through loving care and attention. 

The Empress can also represent lavish abundance of all kinds. She offers a cornucopia of delights, especially those of the senses - food, pleasure and beauty. She can suggest material reward, but only with the understanding that riches go with a generous and open spirit. The Empress asks you to embrace the principle of life and enjoy its bountiful goodness. 

Cultivate your own creative potential. Internal accord with the natural world. Nurturing, caring. Understanding. 

Your needs are met “naturally” and will be sustained for the entire journey. The Empress provides the key to all your needs. She is the fertile, life-giving Mother who reigns over the bounty of Nature and the Earth’s rhythms. From her come all of life’s pleasures, joys, and the abundance of new life in all its forms. 

Material pleasures take us from our grounding and roots. The Empress reminds us to keep our feet planted firmly in the Earth. 

Family issues may require your love and compassionate attentions. The Empress may refer to any aspect of Motherhood, whether as a physical person or the actions of mothering & nurturing. 

The Empress represents Nature’s abundance and all it can provide. There is the promise of growth, prosperity & fertility in all things. Your needs will be fulfilled with joy and satisfaction. The seeds sown were well planted and the harvest is great. Now it is time to reap the benefits. You’ve come to the end and completion of hard work & sacrifice, which will soon bring recognition and rewards for your efforts. 

Creative potential is prominent at this time, which can bring material rewards, but only with the understanding that riches go with a generous and open spirit. The Empress wants you to embrace the principle of life and enjoy its bountiful goodness.
Marriage or action. Actions & re-actions.
Success in creative pursuits. Mind over matter. Thoughts are things.
Union of minds. Mental & social pursuits.
Social activity. Friendly opposition.
Unbalanced activity.
Indecision leads to sorrow. Separation of ties.

Reinforcing Dignities
Lovers – sexual fulfillment, pleasure
Star – generosity, free-flowing love
9 of Cups – enjoying the senses
7 of Pentacles – material reward
10 of Pentacles – affluence, luxury, physical comfort

Opposing Dignities
Emperor – fathering, order & discipline, regularity
Death – principle of death
4 of Pentacles – miserly possessiveness
9 of Pentacles – refinement, sophistication
Use this card for magick works for abundance, family, and situations where harmony & balance are needed.

Perform a simple candle ritual with the card placed in front of the candle dressed with herbs & oil(s).

Carry the card with you during the day, keeping it close so its energies will influence you and your surroundings.

Place the card where it can be seen & contemplated upon during the day.

Use a pendulum to divine the sort of creative energy you're needing or wanting.

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