Day #03 (Index)
III - The Empress
Joie de Vivre Tarot
Image Description: In the Waite Colman Smith deck, The Empress is portrayed as a woman wearing a crown of stars, seated outdoors. There’s a heart with the symbol of Venus next to her.
In the Joie de Vivre Tarot, The Empress wears a starry nest on her head, holds a shield aloft with the heart and Venus symbol on it, and in her other hand she holds a scepter with a triple moon on the top. She stands in a field, wearing a dress that reminds me of a flower, with skulls hanging from her waist.
(Because she is a badass.)
General Thoughts On The Card: The Empress is one of my favourite cards in the tarot. I relate to it for a lot of probably misguided reasons. For a lot of people their first thought about the Empress is “PREGNANCY!!”, and I think that’s really…I mean, yeah, this card can represent a pregnancy, but I think that’s a really limited view of her.
And I mean…when it comes to the Mothering aspect of this card, stopping at pregnancy is so…Motherhood is more than just incubating a child, okay?
There’s a sensuality to this card that often gets overlooked, in my opinion. I don’t mean sexually either. She surrounds herself with beauty, and comfort. This is a lady that knows there’s more than one kind of pleasure.
Oh, and also? People tend to write off the authority and sovereignty of The Empress, which pisses me off. She is a ruler in her own right. And while the link between her and the fertility of the land is obvious, she also reigns over herself.
Later, I’m going to make a post about The Empress and the Emperor from The Manga Tarot, because I have a lot of feels on this and they capture it perfectly.
Deck Specific Thoughts: Okay, so. One of my favourite things about this card are the skulls. I didn’t go into it above, because honestly, these aren’t very fleshed out thoughts yet, but I really connect The Empress to the idea of death. There’s a reason I have a postcard of The Empress in the midst of Harvest and Death and Autumn. You’ll note that’s where I chose to photograph this card as well.
Maybe it’s like that phrase I’ve heard many a frustrated mother utter. ”I gave you life, I can take it away.”
The skulls even hang from hearts, okay? Which are simultaneously a symbol of love and the things that keep us alive. And I could probably go off for awhile about how those ideas are so connected, but let’s stay on topic. Death and Life, intertwined. I CAN’T UNSEE IT. I WON’T.