For I am the Soul of Nature, who giveth life to the universe; from me all things proceed, and unto me must all things return; and before my face, beloved of gods and mortals, thine inmost divine self shall be unfolded in the rapture of infinite joy.
— The Charge of the Goddess, by Doreen Valiente
This week, as we welcome the Aries New Moon, another card from the Major Arcana comes calling. The Empress beckons us with her voluptuous beauty. She is abundant, lush, and fertile. She offers us the pleasures, security and the love of the Great Mother. Her shield reveals she is Venus, Aphrodite, Goddess of Love and Beauty. 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.
The appearance of the Empress, which is also the Tarot Card of the Year 2010, in this particular week, seems auspicious and important. Astrologer Lynn Hayes writes that, “The Aries New Moon on April 14th brings with it a tremendous amount of fresh new inspiration. Aries is the first sign of the zodiac and the sign that marks the beginning of Spring, and the New Moon is the beginning of the lunar cycle. So here we have the beginning of the solar cycle combining with the initiation of the lunar cycle and providing an opportunity for a fresh start.”
What a great time for planting your Spring desires! The best planting times are always from the New Moon to the Full Moon. In the glorious Gaian Tarot, by Joanna Powell Colbert, the Empress is, in fact, The Gardener. How perfectly juicy!
Although the Aries Moon might not be the ideal time for green growing plants (personally, I will wait until the Moon moves into fertile Taurus Thursday for sowing actual seeds or plants into the ground), it is a powerfully energized period for setting new projects into motion (although you might want to be sure you’ve done so before Sunday the 18th, when Mercury goes retrograde).
The Empress brings abundance and fertile results to all she touches. Under her reign, beauty, sensuousness, creativity and earthly pleasures will be in the spotlight. The Empress can also be an omen of a pregnancy or the importance of children in our lives.
She also has much to say about wealth and abundance. As Lynne Twist, author of The Soul of Money writes, for centuries, we have been told (and have believed) a three-fold lie: that there is never enough; that we should always seek more, because more is better; and that this is the way things are — always have been, always will be.
But these stories — that it’s normal to have a “more, more, more” mentality; and that there’s never enough to go around — are only myths, perpetuated by systems of war, greed (which is fear in disguise) and imbalance. When we learn the lessons of the Empress, such myths are dispelled, and we discover the vast pleasures of true sufficiency.
Rather than sufficiency being an unpleasant kind of scraping by, the Empress reveals that it is actually the nature of authentic comfort, ease, and plenty.
What lush, loving possibilities might there be in a Mothering multiverse? In what ways are you invited to reconsider your own intimate relationship with Mother Nature? How might this time of new beginnings bring new sufficiency and plenty to your life? What importance do you give the nurturing side of your own personality? How do you experience the Feminine Divine?
Receive the healing of this Mother’s unconditional love. Access your creative longings and let the children of your imaginings be born. Make it a priority this week to connect to the Soul of Nature, and accept the bountiful goodness that surely surrounds and supports you.