The Empress

The Empress Frideborg Tarot

Our Tarot Soul Coaching draw for Wednesday 12 December, 2018, The Empress.  The Empress signifies fertility, creativity, motherhood, nurturing and Nature/Physis. Astrologically, this card corresponds with Venus. All Queens relate to the Empress as do all 3’s in the Minor Arcana. On the Kabbalistic Tree of Life, The Empress corresponds with Binah (understanding).

The Empress

Waite for It

A stately figure, seated, having rich vestments and royal aspect, as of a daughter of heaven and earth. Her diadem is of twelve stars, gathered in a cluster. The symbol of Venus is on the shield which rests near her. A field of corn is ripening in front of her, and beyond there is a fall of water. The sceptre which she bears is surmounted by the globe of this world. She is the inferior Garden of Eden, the Earthly Paradise, all that is symbolized by the visible house of man. She is not Regina coeli, but she is still refugium peccatorum, the fruitful mother of thousands. There are also certain aspects in which she has been correctly described as desire and the wings thereof, as the woman clothed with the sun, as Gloria Mundi and the veil of the Sanctum Sanctorum; but she is not, I may add, the soul that has attained wings, unless all the symbolism is counted up another and unusual way. She is above all things universal fecundity and the outer sense of the Word. This is obvious, because there is no direct message which has been given to man like that which is borne by woman; but she does not herself carry its interpretation.

In another order of ideas, the card of the Empress signifies the door or gate by which an entrance is obtained into this life, as into the Garden of Venus; and then the way which leads out therefrom, into that which is beyond, is the secret known to the High Priestess: it is communicated by her to the elect. Most old attributions of this card are completely wrong on the symbolism–as, for example, its identification with the Word, Divine Nature, the Triad, and so forth.

(The Pictorial Key to the Tarot)

Papus Postulates

The hieroglyphic meaning of the letter Gimel is the throat, the hand of man half closed in the act of prehension. Hence it signifies all that incloses, all that is hollow, a canal, an inclosure. The throat is the spot where the words conceived in the brain are formed, or I might almost say embodied, therefore the Gimel is the symbol of the material envelopment of spiritual forms, of organic generation under all its forms, of all the ideas springing from the corporeal organs or their actions.

Generation is the mystery by which the spirit unites itself to matter, by which the Divine becomes Human.

The signification of Venus-Urania, to which this card corresponds, is easily understood by the above explanations.

(The Tarot of the Bohemians)

Frideborg Figures

In the Frideborg Tarot Empress card (see image at top of post), we see the silhouette of a heavily pregnant woman, standing on a beach. She seems to be in a contemplative mood. Behind her are all the colours of the setting sun.

Having given life three times myself, I am very much in awe of the mystery of generation. The creative process is often likened to conception/giving birth and this is why both concepts are associated with The Empress.

Often, a brilliant creative ides (conception) come only once we begin the process of creating something new (making love). We must overcome the inertia first and set things into motion. We must make love to life. We must see our time here as precious and meaningful.

For today’s Tarot Soul Coaching focus, ask yourself…

What puts me in a state of flow?

How can I make being in a state of flow more of a priority in my day-to-day life? (Swap an hour in front of the telly for some creative pursuit?)

Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working. ~ Pablo Picasso Click To Tweet

The Archangel corresponding with Venus/The Empress is Anael, ruler of Fridays.


Lisa Frideborg

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