Here is a first since I began pulling the Card of the Week in 2005: The Empress. And she appears, I would dare say, precisely on time.
The Empress beckons us with all her voluptuous beauty – she is abundant, lush, and fertile. She offers us the pleasures, security and love of the Great Mother. She is Nature in all her glory. As 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 she 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, for the nine planets. And her crown is a circlet of six-pointed stars, each representing the twelve signs of the zodiac. This hexagram 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.
The appearance of the Empress this week seems auspicious and very important. The entire globe is hypnotized by the economic crisis. To what extent are our problems rooted in the ways we have foolishly exploited our Mother Earth’s resources? Could our troubles have to do with how we have forgotten our interconnectedness with one another and dishonored our relationship with Nature?
On a personal basis, the Empress often indicates a pregnancy and the importance of children in our lives. These children may be 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 life. She teaches us that our wealth is our diversity and that love is the law.
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.
This week, embrace the beauty and splendor of the world around you. Receive what is given with gratitude, share what you have with generosity and joy, and make it a priority to personally restore your own sense of respect and harmony with the lush, bountiful goodness that, in fact, surrounds you.