Sunday, October 14, 2007

The Empress

The Empress is the Creator. As Aeclectic Tarot tells us,
While the Magician is the primal spark, the idea made real, and the High Priestess is the one who gives the idea a form, the Empress is the womb where it gestates and grows till it is ready to be born. This is why her symbol is Venus, goddess of beautiful things as well as love. Even so, the Empress is more Demeter, goddess of abundance, then sensual Venus. She is the giver of Earthly gifts, yet at the same time, she can, in anger withhold, as Demeter did when her daughter, Persephone, was kidnapped. In fury and grief, she kept the Earth barren till her child was returned to her.
Poised in a field of ripe wheat, clad in a gown marked with pomegranates, bearing a shield with the symbol of Venus, she is the quintessential mother figure.

In the kitchen -- in my kitchen-- she gives life, brings beauty to fruition, and offers nourishment and abundance.

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