03 - The Empress | Creation | | The Major Arcana by Cathy McClelland | The Empress is the Great Mother, Mother Earth, the Universal Mother, the Eternal Mother, The Goddess of love, beauty, abundance and creative power. The Empress is passionate and sensual. She births life. She is the feminine creator manifesting nature’s magic in the physical world. She combines love with wisdom. Her astrological aspect is Venus, symbolizing emotions, love, passion, imagination, the arts and music.
Enchantress of Wands (Queen of Wands) from the Tarot of Delphi. Meaning: Magnetic. Charismatic. Charming. Ambitious. Astute. Savvy. Sensual. Influential. Successful. Artwork: Athenais by John William Godward. Description: As the empress of the Eastern Roman Empire, Athenais proved to be an astute politician and social strategist. She used her influence for philanthropic projects, particularly keen to promote education, which had been so essential to her own success.
The Empress Dowager Cixi rose from the position of concubine to become the most powerful woman in China, in a reign that lasted 47 years – from 1861 to 1908. Seen here as a young woman, Cixi had the good fortune to bear the Xianfeng Emperor’s only male heir. After the death of the Emperor, Cixi ruled through her son, who was only five years old when his father died. Then, when the boy Emperor himself died at an early age, Cixi installed her nephew to the throne and ruled through him.
The Empress tarot card by Arlene Marie Hebert - the symbol on her shield is the cover of the Chalice Well in Glastonbury UK. Also appears to be a Chalice (or Grail) in her hand. Wondering if she represents Guinevere in Camelot. Also curious whether there is significance to 12 stars above her head.