The beautiful Empress sits in field of grain that is
ready to be harvested and gracefully protects her
pregnant belly, which shows the cosmic spiral. A
divine boy child clings to her in a loving embrace as
if to remind her that he too needs her love, and the
empress returns his embrace and affection and they
come together in a golden aureole. Despite being both
pregnant and with child, she still radiates a sensual
female power and prowess.
The Empress is the eternal and divine mother. The
cosmic spiral on her belly signifies that all life
begins in her womb.
The divine child that she so lovingly embraces, the
grain on which she sits and the flowers in her hair;
all come from her love and cannot grow without her
The Empress signifies the female and chaotic power of
the universe. She guards the powerful and vulnerable
life force, which delicate balance should be protected
but not constricted.
This sensual and loving archetype teaches us to love
and cherish ourselves as well as the world around us.
A motherís true love means granting freedom for change
and growth, protecting without smothering. As all
mothers she juggles many tasks and she succeeds
because she draws her energy from the love within her.
The image was first sketched in ordinary pencil than
colored with water-soluble colored pencils. When
touched by water the pencil transforms into aquarelle
paint and this makes the colors more vibrant. After
the colors had dried the lines were accentuated with
Bauke van den Oord is a self taught artist and a
senior veterinary student from the Netherlands. She is
currently working on the Temperlyne Tarot, which
consists of vibrant and unique oil paintings. By
creating tarot cards the artist journeys deep within
herself to meet her personal versions of the tarots
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