“Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!” Anne Frank
The Empress Tarot Card is the Earth Mother
This month, the month of Mother’s Day in the USA, we will take a journey with The Empress card of the Tarot known as the Earth Mother archetype. The image of the card is that of a mature woman surrounded by a lush abundant earth with water flowing and flowers basking in the sun. Her symbols are seen as potential, creation, creativity, abundance, love, nurturing, mothering, money or material comfort, career, healing and the physical body. She is practical, grounded, realistic, preserving, sensuous, productive, dependable, healing, and compassionate and emanates love. She is the mythological Mother Goddess who is the guardian of all life.
The number of the Empress is Three, thus the one and the two combine into three which brings us synthesis and harmony and the child or creation produced by the one which is Male and the two which is Female. The archetype of the Empress has manifested at times in my life as creation and abundance, full of love bringing me a wealth of friends and money flowing into my creative projects. Today my creativity is richly abundant, however it appears that the money has stopped flowing as if the water from the river, the current of life which image is on the right of the card flowing into a waterfall, which for me has dried up to a trickle. I am not alone, millions in our Global humanity not only feels the same but the manifestation is real, it has dried up! Enter the Empress with great potential and hope, pure love and compassion and it appears that nurturing of our minds, bodies and creative spirit is needed right now. With this energy we can re-vision and re-structure our potential for greatness by nurturing through love our creative expressions, our family and friends, our country, our planet and thus manifest the abundance that the Mother Earth Goddess, The Empress promises.
Here we see her in the Bali Tarot deck, the Major Arcana, unpublished. She is the Goddess Dewi Sri (pronounced as “day-wee” shree) a Goddess that is unique only to Bali, the Island of the Gods. She did not originate from the Indian Hinduism and came into being through myth as she was born of the Earth Mother, Ibu Pertiwi and Wisnu (Vinshu) the Lord of preservation. Thus the cosmic union of the divine male and female creative forces represented as earth and water brought the child the third into being as Dewi Sri the Goddess of Rice and the supreme landscaper of Bali. As a Goddess she gives her soul and her body for life as she is the principal source of life and wealth to the Balinese. The Balinese believe that rice is very important to their survival so important that they eat at least a serving of rice a day in honor of Dewi Sri. Dewi is the word for Goddess and she is the most revered principal goddesses in Balinese Hinduism. The name comes from Sanskrit origin meaning “goddess of splendor”. She protects and nurtures the rice padi so that the people may have sustenance. At the first harvest, Dewi Sri turns her body into a grain of rice known as a “Nini”. The Balinese farmers, men and women, construct shrines in the rice padi and make offerings of prayers and canangs to her for a bountiful harvest. She personifies the very force of life bringing abundance and prosperity. Her beauty is divine, her body sensuous and her love unconditional. She is the guardian of life, the goddess of agriculture, fertility, success and the golden miracle, the seed that was gifted from the Gods, the birth of rice.
In Tarot we have the synthesis of the opposites or the combining or integration of the One and Two which gives birth to a third, the child. In that creative union we have The Empress. Dewi Sri represents creative union and with that we give birth to new ideas that we nurture and find the patience, which takes time, to watch them grow into fruitfulness.
Think about the principles of growth, the potential of greatness within yourself. What is willingness to you in terms of hard work? The sharing of love is pure alchemy. Carl Jung, the psychologist thought of alchemy as a symbolic system for spiritual transformation, can we transform ourselves through love and nurture? Compassion is the way and loving, supportive and nurturing energy will bring about the creative growth that we need to manifest abundance.
One of the ways in which you can bring the Empress into your life is to contemplate the image of the Empress and meditate on the symbols and imagery of the card. First let us look at the card and use this for the seeds of your contemplation. Reflect on the meaning of the card; see your own life through the eyes of the earth mother. Allow your mind to float around the symbols, the abundant fields, the flowing of the waterfall, the reverence being shown by her ritual canang blessing and the gold color of the rice, the green of the land. Stay relaxed but focused, feel, see, touch and taste the water. You are water ever flowing at one with your passion. She wears a crown with twelve stars thus representing the universe and her dominance over the 12 months of the year. You may want to ask yourself questions as you look at the card, what is the universe to me? How do you fit into the scheme of things, are you connected and one with the universe? At the lower left of the painting is the abundant rice stalk in the shape of a heart a symbol of love. Is there beauty surrounding you in your environment? Can you share your feelings and receive love? Are you over watering or smothering your creations or loved ones? Think about the principles of growth, the potential of greatness within yourself. What is willingness to you in terms of hard work? The sharing of love is pure alchemy. Carl Jung, the psychologist thought of alchemy as a symbolic system for spiritual transformation, can we transform ourselves through love and nurture? Compassion is the way and loving, supportive and nurturing energy will bring about the creative growth that we need to manifest abundance.
At this point I would suggest an affirmation for myself. You most certainly can change this into your own expression.
I am aware of my negative thoughts and now change them into positive words. I practice affirmations everyday. Abundance is all round me and through me, money and the potential in which my creative projects grow is manifesting in my life now. I have patience as my inner world reflects the outer world, teeming with life and passion. I feel rich with potential as my hard work has created the foundation to grow and prosper. The feelings I experience at this time of my life run deep and they are connected in the right context to reality. I feel love for that part of my life that needed to die so that it can be reborn into a new form. Unconditional love is freely given to every person and every possibility that is manifesting in my life. ©Jean Kathleen Redman