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Empress
by Silverlotus

Description
Symbolism
Card Meaning
Artistic Media
Artist's Bio

Description

An empty throne sits on an open field. Nearby rests a basket full of fruits and vegetables, some wheat, and a beehive. Behind this flows a calm stream. Further in the distance are a small, brightly colored cottage and a dark forest. In the far distance are three cultivated hills. The sky is mostly clear, with two rain clouds and seven birds.

Symbolism

The throne sits empty to show that all of nature, including the reader, is the Empress. On the throne is the traditional symbol of Venus as well as a small pink lotus, representing life and love. The basket, beehive and wheat all represent fertility and industry. The bright cottage represents that place where the feminine in all of us lives, just waiting for us to visit. The stream is the almost obligatory stream of consciousness, which flows freely and calmly for the Empress. I included a dark forest to show that everything the Empress rules isn't cultivated and civilized. She still has her wild and untamed side.

The sky shows both a bright sun and gray clouds to illustrate both elements needed for plants to grow. It also shows that while things may be "cloudy" or "sunny" in your life now, there is still an element of the other if you are aware enough to find it. The seven birds in the sky correspond to the seven stars generally found on the crown of the Empress.

Card Meaning

The Empress is the female, untamed side of life. She represents sexuality, fertility, and freedom. She is not pictured in the card so that the read can imagine him or her self, or whatever figure means fertility and sexuality to them. The Empress also represents a time of peace. The crops have been gathered, the land is mostly tamed, and the cottage is in good order. Now is the time to relax and prepare for what may be waiting ahead (illustrated by the rain clouds).

Artistic Media

This card was created on the back of a filing card using both water color pencils and pencil crayons. It was scanned into Corel PHOTO-PAINT 11, where the title was added.

Artist's Bio

Silverlotus is currently a house "wife", which gives her good deals of time to read, study, and think. She is a semi-practicing Wiccan, Spiritual Seeker, and Tarot-lover, with a secret passion for computer programming. Her life long goal is to learn everything, and maybe try to teach someone something she knows. She currently lives in London, Ontario, Canada where it snows every single day, much to her dismay.


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