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Tarot Card of the Month: September 2012

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Tarot Card of August 2012: The Moon – How to Overcome Fear

I have recently decided to do a short video at the beginning of every month for “Tarot of the Month”.  For August 2012, the card I received was the Moon.  Check out my video below for a deeper understanding of the moon and some tips on how to cope with the challenges this card represents.

I hope that was beneficial to you!  If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions then feel free to comment below!

A Poem of the Empress

This is a poem that I wrote a while back that seems to correlate well to the energy of the Empress.

I hold my abdomen —
Enlarged beyond normality.
Alone — and in fear
Of potential torment.

Stumbling down a gravel road
Unable to find my way
With nothing to hold on to
But the strength within my heart.

In a solitary room
A new creation joins the world.
I hold this promising new life
In love and vitality.

Rider-Waite Deck: The Empress

Tarot Reflections: The Empress

Basic Nature of the Empress:  Nurturing, loving, fertility, growth, beauty, passionate, manifestation.

Rider-Waite Deck: The Empress

The Empress is the ultimate archetype of motherhood and femininity.  She is ruled by the planet Venus and can be thought of as the Mother Earth or Goddess of Fertility.  Like the High Priestess, the Empress can also be represented by our inner female or the anima (the female part within men).  Though both of these cards can be represented by female energy, there is a distinct difference between the two.  While the High Priestess is known to be the “link” into our unconscious realm, the Empress is about manifestation and fertility.  From a more literal perspective, the Empress can symbolize in a tarot reading a sign of pregnancy.  However, this is certainly not where the true Empress energy ends — in fact, there is SO much more to that than many people realize!  True Empress energy in it’s full essence is the about taking all those inspirations that you have received through your unconscious (High Priestess) and fully expressing that out to the world creatively and with an enormous amount of love and passion to benefit humanity behind it!

Have you ever had a pregnancy dream when you are not pregnant?  This is a sign of the true Empress energy coming forth and what can come from these dreams is a motivation to fully create from love.  (On a personal note, the morning after a pregnancy dream was the day I came up with the idea to create this site).  It is for reasons like this that I can see why spiritual teachers such as Eckhart Tolle have commented that women are closer to enlightenment than men — because the true energy of the Empress has no desire to compete with others in their creative pursuits, but to rather create a harmonic community to benefit everyone.  So women have a bit of the advantage with this.  However, I do feel that once women can express more of this Empress-type of energy then the men will soon follow.

The Empress is also more extraverted creativity.  In contrast to the Magician, which is more introverted creativity.  Both are able to co-create with the Divine, but the Magician is more like Albert Einstein doing math equations in his basement while the Empress is more like Audrey Hepburn representing UNICEF on behalf of starving children.  Both are very different, yet still creative in their approach.

Basic meaning:  The Empress can represent a person who is driven to express themselves through genuine love and passion for everything they do and experience.  It can also represent empathy, compassion, and understanding for others.  It may also signify that the seeds you have planted in your new business venture or project are going to grow and become exactly what you have envisioned.  The Empress is pure emotion with a deep intuitive connection to spirit at it’s best.

Lessons:  The Empress teaches us to love and have passion for everything in life.  It is through the energy represented by the Empress that we can free ourselves of limiting beliefs and judgments and allow true love to fully flow.  Unfortunately, we live in a world were a considerable amount of this energy is blocked (represented as a reversal in a reading) and the result are anxieties, pain, co-dependency, depression, lack of confidence, etc.  Often the cause for this, either directly or indirectly, is the negative energy that we absorb from the world filled with judgments, wars, fighting, and overall lack of harmony and genuine support — all of which are ego-based drives.   If we take the time to look at the world with an eye that every experience is a new challenge for our own personal growth and development, rather than with hurt and disappointment, we can allow ourselves to truly be guided in our lives by our own inner love to achieve full happiness.

How does one live like the Empress?  To live following the underlying lessons of the Empress, we should implement these habits into our daily life:

1.  Spend time giving gratitude and appreciation to everyone and everything in life — and not only the good, and the bad as well.  It can become difficult when we continuously see all of the bad things wrong with the world in the news or through peers.  However, when we appreciate and choose to love the bad for existing, that we can then release such painful emotions and allow love to flow in.

2.  Choose to understand and have empathy for each and every human being.  We are all on our own unique paths and our own stage in growth with our own battles.  If we all lived life the same then life would be too easy and we would have nothing to learn.  So whenever you feel guilt or pain arise tell yourself “This is a part of my journey and growth.  This is of benefit to my evolution in this lifetime, so I forgive myself and whoever else was involved.”

3.  Give and help others openly and freely.  It is taking the time for the little things that can trigger those compassionate energies to flow again.

4.  Create not with a desire to gain “stability” or “success” but rather from a source of complete love and passion for how you can benefit others.  It is then and only then that you can truly provide yourself true stability and success in life.

With a final note, I will comment that in implementing these four suggestions cannot be and should not be acted upon solely based on the mental awareness.  Merely grasping the idea with the mind is ego-influenced.  For true healing, you have to feel a connection to it within your own heart.  You can tell yourself, but then allow yourself to really feel it.

(Personal note from Jennifer: I thank all of you for reading this post and gain benefit and inspiration through this.  Writing on this particular topic has been like therapy to me for my own healing.  I truly hope that others can at least achieve a step in their own healing by reading.  Many blessings!)

Why We May Tend to Interpret the Major Arcana as Negative

For the past couple weeks I’ve been doing either daily or every-other day personal readings for myself for self-reflection.  During that time I have had a few combinations of cards that I felt were a bit “oddly paired together” so I felt it would be good to bring up for discussion on the tarot forums in hopes to gain further knowledge and dive in deeper into the full layers of these cards.

In two of my more recent readings I have had the card of the Emperor arise in my readings, both of which I happened to post on the forum for discussion.  What I’ve found interesting in this, however, is that many of my fellow tarot readers interpreted this card in a negative sense.  I found this puzzling for a few reasons:  1.  I’ve learned through readings and experience that the majors stand for life lessons, 2. These “life lessons”, I’ve found, are often rooted to our psychological processes and can be reflected upon Jung’s psychological model, and 3. Because the majors are based on major inner life lessons for us, they are neither positive or negative.  Instead, they are rather “another block that needs to be added in order to build the wall of wholeness”, metaphorically speaking.

What I have found that by giving my fellow tarot readers readings where I had the Emperor involved, the natural tendency was for them to say something like “Don’t be excessively rational”, “Don’t be strict”, “You have a strict figure around you”, “You need to be cautious”, etc.  I could see these as possibly being true if these cards were reversed, as they would signify the true energy of this card being “blocked” or (perhaps for a better word) ‘”warped”, but this was not the case in either of these instances.  Yet, even if this card was read as a reversal, I would interpret this as a need to bring this card upright to allow this energy within ourselves to be alive so we can grow and become whole.  I felt that these interpretations rather added to the illusion rather than to allow clarity.

So this leads me to my next question through my own observation: Why would my fellow tarot readers have the tendency to interpret this card as negative when it is truly neutral in essence? (And I have not only seen this in the Emperor, but also in other’s interpretations of cards like the Devil as well).

What fascinates me is that by looking back to Jung’s archetypes, the reasoning for this can be explained.  The first thing to consider is that there are many tendencies embedded in all of us because we all have a collective unconscious (according to Jung).  The second thing to note is that all of these additional  interpretations I received were all from women.  Now, the cards in relation Jungian psychology would symbolize that Empress = female energy/anima (the female part of a male) and Emperor = male energy/animus (the male part of the female).  For many people in this world, we tend to have a negative anima or animus to some degree that we need to learn how to control and work with (I know that I do and have, as it has been represented in many of my dreams).

So is it that the reason for our misinterpretations of cards such as these simply the cause of our own unconscious part of ourselves that we have yet to become aware of and learn how to “deal with”?  I’d suppose that awareness of the tendency is the first step of the battle (as I suppose you would now gain from reading this if you have never heard of this before).  Yet, it seems that this can prove the importance for all of us as tarot readers, psychics, psychologists, or any other person in this world who works to help people that we need to be sure to be completely aware of our own inner processes to be sure that we ourselves are giving clear interpretations rather than adding more illusion to the mix of our already illusion-based societies.

As for my cards in my most recent self-reflection reading?  The cards I dealt were: Ace of Cups, 5 of Cups, Emperor (no reversals).  I know that I’ve been on this path of learning how to work through my emotional disappointments of the past, so I am not surprised this came up.  I was simply interpreting it as just a message of “Hey, your getting those negative voices in your head toned down, but don’t forget to set strategic plans and goals for yourself — don’t get too lax in fear of negativity”.  Any other experienced tarot readers who wish to add their interpretations of this short personal reading are certainly welcome.  After all, I may be very well off on my own interpretation as not quite seeing it as negative in this context with the other two cards.  This is where the cards can become rather complex when you start really looking into the psychology of it.

Also, if any of you experienced tarot readers would like to add their own interpretations of my thoughts on reading the Major Arcana, please do so.

I look forward to your comments. 🙂

Blessings,

Jennifer

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