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The Empress: intuitive thoughts

You can see the active mind of the Virgo in this card so well. She is quiet- but her mind isn't. She is Creatrix- and therefore always looking at the next steps. She is Empress- and so her mind moves with the cycles, but always with a firm grasp of the next one to come. You see this in the flowers that are freshly cut and hanging to dry, the wheat that is going to be set to do the same- the flowers still growing in pots- and not quite ready for harvest, the sink/bottles in the back that hint toward her awesome alchemy.

What an amazing Empress- she is so nondescript and yet has so much power. Just as you could easily miss the beautiful and active mind behind the placid expression, you can easily miss the power behind the unassuming figure.

I don't get a sense of the normal pregnancy you see in traditional Empress cards- but the idea of cycles and growth and balance is very much present when you see her in these surroundings. And Virgo- the earth sign- would know very well about the harvest cycles- and knowing that which needs to be fed, and alternatively that which needs to be culled.

Order: The Virgo is present in the cleanliness and order of the room- everything in its place.

Beauty- the beauty of the woman, yes- there is beauty in the peaceful yet vibrant mindfulness she holds. Also the beauty of the plants that surround her.

Perfection- ah yes- the Virgo is all about perfection- and when you think about the Empress in her role- perfection can be a clouded thing. What can appear as chaos is actually a perfected work- just as nature can seem chaotic at first glance- but works so seamlessly we cannot begin to understand the complex nature of its mechanisms. Superficially- look at the way the boxes and jars are lined up- order and perfection.

Progress- the cycles of the planting, harvesting and drying. The active mind already looking at the next steps in the process.

Curiosity- that beautiful brain and creative mind, you can almost hear her wondering what plant will be tended to/planted/pruned next. And the curiosity that comes with wondering how things will grow, and how they will turn out with harvest, as well as when they are made for feeding those around you.

Reversed:

The first thing you see is how the flowers are upright- no longer being dried, they seem like unearthed bouquets in an unfamiliar environment. She no longer seems as active with her mind- but almost disquiet in her expression, as if concerned about the whole status of events and everything turned upside down. One thing you should NEVER do it topsy-turvy a Virgo- they tend not to do well with that, and neither does our Virgo Empress. The wheat almost looks like a thrashing whip in her hand. Still, even upside down, there is an order to things- but it is just the wrong order, and that will end up with decreased yield and almost as if it is halting the natural cycles that she seeks.
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