12/10/11: Cycle of Motherhood | Empress, Page of Coins Rev, Death

“A man is great by deeds, not by birth.” Chanakya


Once you’ve started it, you don’t have say how it’s finished. This is both bane and relief of mothers everywhere. Literal and metaphorical mothers included.

Today’s Tarot is The Empress (Venus), the reversed Page of Coins (Earth in Earth), and Death (Scorpio).  Birth, development and death. These cards read almost like a poem.

Once you’ve given birth, the choices in exactly how and what your offspring grows into are not yours to make. Whatever’s not workable dies off. The process can hurt—okay, let’s be honest—it will hurt. But it alters at a very deep level and in doing so, allows a fresh, new life to grow. That’s almost the definition of giving birth, don’t you think?

Are you finding the cycle of birth and death at play for you?

Legacy of the Divine Tarot
by Ciro Marchetti

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12/04/11: Compassionate Power | Empress and Emperor

"Power is of two kinds. One is obtained by the fear of punishment and the other by acts of love. Power based on love is a thousand times more effective and permanent then the one derived from fear of punishment." Mohandas Gandhi


Today’s Tarot is the Empress (Venus) and the Emperor (Aries, i.e. ruled by Mars) from the richly colored Rosetta Tarot – so it’s the perfect Tarot couple! Mom and Dad, both represented. Yin and yang, yielding and assertive, passive and active.

Most of us tend to fall toward one or other end of that continuum. What I’m seeing today is a call for balance. Each energy has it’s time and place. There’s an appropriate time to express compassion, acceptance, forgiving—touchy feeling feeling stuff. And there’s an appropriate time to express authority, control and boundaries. One would be ineffectual without the other.

It’s not hard for me to put myself into this paradigm—I’m the mama, all over! And it does, indeed, suit me. But today, I’m taking this as reminder to be tough, powerful and assertive as the situation calls for such. Let’s just say it’s an area where I’ve got room for improvement, shall we?

How well do you balance Yin and Yang?

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10/17/11: Art from the Heart | 6 Wands, Empress

 “In art, the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can imagine. ” –Ralph Waldo Emerson


Today’s Tarot is Success (Six of Wands/Jupiter in Leo) and Creativity (The Empress/Venus). I love this one!

You win, you soar, you come into your own though letting your light shine. Act on your true vision, coming straight from the heart, no filter. Don’t bother over what someone else sees. This is YOUR baby. Stay true, and create beauty.

What you make in a state of love and joy vibrates with love and joy. That light attracts, other people and energy to it. It grows the light. What you give purely from your heart generates blessings because it’s the most unique, meaningful gift you can give. It’s your authentic self, your love. Nobody else can give from your heart.

Do you see this dynamic in action? Can you use it?

Osho Zen Tarot Set
by US Games

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08/20/11: The Empress, Pomegranates and Paradox of Mothering

IMG_1542I’ve still got mothering on the brain. Having my daughter home, talking to moms in consults, watching friends lose or worry over their mothers, looking at whom and how I experience mothering is inescapable. So it’s not a shock to see today’s daily Tarot forecast centering on motherhood.

We have the Empress or Daughter of the Mighty Ones, associated with Venus. She embodies the maternal archetype, companion and counterpart to the Tarot’s Emperor. She often appears in a reading to signal pregnancy—literal or figurative. When you see the Empress, look to ways to nourish, nurture and care, for others or for yourself.

As one of the Tarot threes, her emphasis is on creativity, birth and joy. As one of the Major Arcana, her brand of mothering is transformative, both to herself and her progeny. The Empress is a powerful woman not to be underestimated, because her strength stems from the purity of her love. That love is an absolute force of nature, make no mistake. Yin or not, she is a very capable woman.

maj02sHer dress is white (signaling purity), covered with Pomegranates, which hold numerous symbolic associations—many surrounding fertility and mystery. You also see the Pomegranate elsewhere in Tarot, like on the banner behind the High Priestess. Fertility and mystery both surround these women. Both of them carry more force than is initially obvious.

For me, Pomegranates always evoke the myth of Persephone, who ate Pomegranate seeds while in the Underworld. According to the rules of the Fates, she would have to stay in the Underworld for having eaten while there, but her mother Demeter, Goddess of the Harvest, raised holy Hell by stopping all greenery from growing in protest. A compromise was reached, committing Persephone to spending half the year with Hades and forming the ancient Greek explanation for the seasons.

Dante Gabriel Rossetti's Persephona

Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s Persephona

You think Demeter wouldn’t have kicked some ass to keep her baby from having to spend half the year in the Underworld? Yeah, buddy! But it wasn’t her choice. And those seasons we’re left with, sometimes kind, sometimes harsh, are very much a part of living, both for mothers and their children. Uncomfortable as they may be at times, they foster growth and perpetuate the cycle of life.

Inherent in this story is the paradox of mothering—you give birth, but you cannot live your child’s life. You cannot protect them from al darkness or (more likely), themselves. So they remain a part of you, but separate. More as they grow, the mother’s job is to continually step back, respecting their children’s process and lessons, while remaining receptive and alert for when loving kindness helps. Stepping back is a much harder job than making sure they eat right and are dressed warmly.

Demeter and the Empress both know, you do what you can for your offspring, but you don’t call the shots once your little creations have taken a life of their own. You may care more than anyone else can, but wrapped in that love is the recognition that part of the caring is letting go. That’s the natural order of life; refusing to do so cripples both mother and child.

The Empress would gladly sacrifice her own well-being for the sake of her children. Except by doing so, she shortchanges everyone. She is not a martyr, because she realizes she cannot offer the same gifts if she doesn’t remain healthy herself. The gift of a good example is one she could not provide otherwise.  The Empress reminds us that mothering starts at home—by nurturing ourselves.

Are you feeling the Empress?

Tarot of the New Vision (English/Spanish)
by Lo Scarabeo

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Everyday Tarot, 05/10/11: Mother’s Day Recovery with the Empress

daily-tarot-forecast-empress-legacy-divineHeard some reports on Mother’s Day. Sounds very much like it was a mixed bag for many. I was lucky—I had a quiet, low-drama day, just the way I like it. I received a boatload of well wishes, and my husband made sure to pay me a little extra attention. That’s not easy, since I already command a fair amount of his attention as it is. Ha!

Considering we’ve just had Mother’s Day and it’s undoubtedly still on many people’s minds, I wasn’t too surprised to see the card for the daily Tarot forecast.

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