Abundance is about being rich, with or without money.
~ Suze Orman
If ever we would believe that the age has turned, it is now; and behold who guides us across its threshold. For only the second time ever, in this week of the Aquarius New Moon, and Lunar New Year, we are graced by The Empress.
The Empress beckons us with all her voluptuous beauty – she is abundant, lush, and fertile. In many decks, she is clearly pregnant, although in the Rider-Waite-Smith, this is less obvious.
In any case, she offers us the pleasures, security, and love of the Great Mother. She is Nature in all her glory. As Tarot expert Rachel Pollack so beautifully describes, she is not merely the forms of Nature, but the underlying principle of Life itself.
Beside her stands the great shield of Venus, for the Empress is passionate Aphrodite. At her feet is a field of grain, for she is the Goddess who rules agriculture — Ceres, Demeter, Corn Mother, the Grain Goddess.
Her necklace holds nine pearls, which represent the nine planets of our Solar System. And her crown is a circlet of six-pointed stars, each representing the twelve signs of the zodiac.
This hexagram shape is familiar to many as the Star of David, and also recognized as the ancient Seal of Solomon. It is also the intertwining of two triangles, combining the magical, alchemical symbols for masculine Fire and feminine Water.
This week, the Lunar New Year will be celebrated by millions of people around the globe. The Empress offers a fantastically auspicious welcome for it.
This year is ruled by the sign of the Water Snake. There will be much focus on healing, nurturing, and well-being — think of the Aesculapius symbol of medicine that features a snake coiling around a staff.
According to some Chinese astrology interpretations, like the snake sheds its skin, the year of the Water Snake is a time for re-birth, new beginnings, and transformation.
And water is the womb of life where seeds of the future are planted. So it promises to be a year of tremendous creativity, filled with new ideas and great works of literature, theater, and philosophy.
The focus will be on pleasures, artistic innovation, enlightenment, and beauty. It’s also a sign closely associated with mysticism, reflection, and introspection. This is a time to face and ask the important, deepest questions.
These qualities are in perfect alignment with the best aspects of The Empress, who is actually named Creativity in at least one Tarot deck.
On a personal basis, The Empress often indicates a pregnancy and the importance of children in our lives. These children may be literally human, or they may be our creative expressions, projects, or ideas.
This is a time for nurturing, nesting, and building a secure, wholesome environment for you and your loved ones. Beauty, sensuousness, and earthly pleasures are the focus this week, and there is also an emphasis on making good choices for a healthier life.
The Empress, as the Great Mother, offers unconditional love to all her children. She is the source of all abundance, beauty, health, and regeneration.
Humanity’s old, sad history of lack, and not enough to go around is only a myth, perpetuated by systems of war, greed, and imbalance. When we live in harmony with the loving guidance of The Empress, such myths are dispelled.
We are now fully engaged in the shift that will make this so.
This week, how can you discover new ways to embrace the beauty and splendor of the world around you? What fertile seeds might you plant, to expand your sense of personal, soulful well-being? Now is the time; The Empress blesses your creativity with abundance and wholesome harvests to come.
Receive what is given with gratitude; share what you have with generosity and joy. We have and are so much more than we have been led to believe.
Indeed, we are rich beyond imagining.