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Normally I focus on the foreground of this card but today I really like the mirror reflection behind the shoulder of the Empress. The Skeleton is so conversational to me... almost reminds me of a good natured and well-to-do husband that may have passed. The Skeleton/Husband wasn't a bad guy, but he reminds me of how the Empress seems to outlive everyone, even those she mates with and has offspring with (no doubt, to me, there have been many!). If I were to pin point anything, I immediately think of one of those female spiders that eats the male after they copulate. The Empress seems to me like that female spider... not in a bad way, though! She just takes in those males and ingests them and they are her companions as she works her wonders in all her surroundings.

The Empress' surroundings are so luscious and delicious to me... everything is so vibrant and actually overpowering (eye-orgasm???). I can't really focus on any one thing because there's things from nature everywhere in this card. The flower tapestry behind her, her beautiful dress, her ruby pendant, the lush carpet design, the flowers behind one of her many many offspring, and the carved designs in the boudoir in the reflected mirror. Somehow, I must admit that while it's beautiful, there is something just a little maniacal about it all. Over the top and over done; this is nature in its full force.

As for the nature of the Empress, her characteristics and her attitude and style... well, I have mixed feelings. I know she's to represent all maternal nature and all things feminine... but there's also female ego and female pride and vindictiveness. "Nature's wrath" isn't a stretch to me in her Mona Lisa smile. Just as easily as I think she'd be kind, she'd also lift a finger and do something scathing.

The child in the card seems like a... monument. I think of a rock--- shallow and without emotion. If the Empress is Nature, then her child is the Earth, right? All the plants and trees and animals and... rocks. The child seems pretty stationary and without real individuality; I see her metaphorically rather than as a "real" person. The child is one of the many things the Empress has produced in her time.

As for the feeling in this card overall, it's like stepping into a cave and having so many beautiful things to look at and adore... it's very wondrous. But you know you can be loved and hated at the same time, so you're holding your breath the entire time. The Empress is both cruel and kind and... well, I'd be scared to even move if she decides to teeter either way. But even if there is this insane mood swing that could happen... well, she'd at least be pretty to look at???
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