Hello to all my friends out there, old and new!
Welcome to our Wednesday Tarot Class. I'm so glad to see everyone back and ready to learn some more info on the Tarot! Today's class is, of course, on the Major Arcana card: #3 The Empress.
I hope everyone's week is going ok so far. Actually, scratch that! I hope it's going better than just ok. Mine's merely going ok, and I'm projecting a bit because I've been doing some serious inner work dealing with self-love and shadow work. It's daunting and slightly draining, not gonna lie! So, hopefully, I'm up to par today.
Like with previous weeks, I'll be going over the upright and reversed meanings. I'll also be providing you with some different examples of The Empress card and of my reading them intuitively.
Let's go ahead and jump on in!
Here's our Rider-Waite Deck's #3 The Empress:
Upright: Nature, femininity, nurturing, abundance, fruitfulness, beauty
Reversed: blocks, doubts, ignorance, dependence, wastefulness, scarcity
The Empress is all about connecting with or representing the Divine Feminine, nature, and abundance. She's sort of the Mother Earth of the Tarot, if you get what I mean.
Let's look at Serenity, The Good Tarot Deck's Empress:
This Empress stands calm in front of an ornate golden doorway. A lot is going on in her mind though she doesn't outwardly show it. She wears an abundance of leafy fronds and large pale pink flowers upon her crown while wearing a simple shift type dress. The Empress doesn't need the showy finery of elegant clothes or some expensive jewelry to show her wealth or pure beauty. It is in everything she does and radiates out from her. In her hands, she holds a bouquet of wheat stalks before herself, tied together with a simple, single gold ribbon. She is ready to share in her abundance to those who may need it.
If you are currently struggling with something, don't be afraid to reach out to your loved ones. They'll always be there for you to lend a helping hand, as you are there for them. But now is a superb time to give birth to new ideas and experiences, if you've got any rattling around in that skull of yours. There are so many possibilities and opportunities in your life, just waiting to manifest. Open your mind and eyes to see them clearly. Now is the time to create and grow. The world is full of infinite potential, so reach out and take what is offered.
And now for King's, Eight Coins Tattoo Tarot, Empress:
The Empress here is open, warm, and loving. She is clothed in a bright but calming blue and gold dress. She has golden jewelry with sapphires that represent wisdom, virtue, sincerity, and fortune. A bluebird sits on her shoulder—these symbolize that joy and happiness are about to come into your life. She holds her hand on her pregnant belly that's surrounded by large abundant roses. In the language of flowers, Pink Roses are for grace and sweet thoughts. While the deep Purple Rose is for glory, majesty, and luxury.
How lucky are you? You've got all this love and compassion in your life, just spilling over! With your family and friends around you, you're surrounded by an abundance of love in your own life, and have an incredible amount of it to give to others. Be sure to remember to never take it for granted. Remember to lead with love and follow with empathy when interacting with others. It'll always get you farther down your path in life. Like they say, you'll attract more flies with honey than vinegar.
Finally, we have Willow, The Wildwood Tarot Deck's #3 card:
As always, with Willow following the nature-based Celtic mythologies, #3 The Empress is #3 The Green Woman.
The Green Woman looks out at us with warmth and kindness. Her power shines out from her. Her foliage shows her to be energetic and full of life. She wears a bright, vibrant red dress and has a thick golden necklace on. The Celtic gorget around her neck actually symbolizes the sun throughout the year. The golden cauldron in front of her is full of milk that nurtures us all. The figure on the front is called the sheela-na-gig, representing women's life-force, fertility, and sometimes thought to be protection against evil. She represents the female solar energy in all its glory at midsummer and sustains all manner of living beings.
Learn everything you can from the spirit of the Earth. After all, she protects and nurtures us all through our lives. We must respect the great gifts she has given to us and return her favors by protecting and preserving her as best we can. Let the sun warm you, and the Earth bring you its abundance. Be grateful for the plenty that you have in life and never take it for granted. Look to the natural world to find your peace and be at one with yourself and the world around you.
And that concludes our class for the day. What did you see in the cards? Was it different from what I saw? Let me know down below!
If you're someone who's just starting out in Tarot, I highly encourage you to start from the beginning with Tarot Class: Intro to the Cards. I go over some general information on the cards and break them down for you a bit. Another good one to look at would be The Three Card Spread and its Many Uses. It's great for beginners and experienced readers alike.
Friday, I'm going to be doing a Divination Spread post to help us with all this inner work we're doing this week. So stay tuned in for that.
Next Monday, of course, we'll have our Weekly Divination Outlook.
Wednesday, we'll be going over the next Major Arcana Card, #4 The Emperor! So be sure to come back to class and learn all about it. I certainly look forward to it!
Let me know how you're doing and what you're thinking in the comments down below. As always before you comment, please remember to be kind and respect one another. Be sure to check out the Forum and make sure you read Wren's Rules of Engagement!