Journey of “The Empress” – Major Arcana IV

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Article by Darshan.S

The next card in the sequence is “The Empress”.

The Empress represents a deep connection with our femininity which allows us to experience life in its fullest capacity. She helps us understand the cyclical nature of the universe and everything in it. She gives us the wisdom to know that everything has a beginning and an end and what is born will also die. With this wisdom, she teaches us to enjoy each stage of our life. Embracing fully the joys and sorrows of life we will find true happiness and wisdom.

She represents the force that gives birth to all of creation. She is the creative force of the universe, soft and loving, yet strong and powerful. She seeks pleasure in the physical. Remaining aware of its impermanence she finds joy in her everyday world. She is aware of her deep beauty but she does not take this for granted. She takes care of herself and her body.

Symptoms that You Lack the Energy of “The Empress”
  • Stagnation or lack of growth (particularly in creative projects)
  • Lacking stability
  • Dead-end projects
  • Going nowhere in life
  • Insecurity
  • Lack of creativity
  • Inability to execute or take action
  • Constantly feeling lethargic, lazy, and unproductive
  • Constant procrastination
  • Overwhelming negativity
  • Manifestation of constant obstacles
  • Decline in health due to lack of self-interest
  • Unhappiness
  • Overeating/binge eating
  • Domestic disharmony
  • Creative/artistic blocks
  • Talents not put to use
  • Marital breakdown, divorce, affairs or infidelity
Connect to the Energy of “The Empress” to Strengthen the Following Traits:
  • Creativity
  • Increased productivity
  • Growth
  • Fruitfulness in all projects and endeavors
  • Manifestation of ideas
  • Abundance and bountifulness
  • Flourishing prosperity
  • The ability to be resourceful
  • Heartfelt gratitude
  • A sense of being loved & cared for
  • Emotional security
  • Openness
  • Freedom of expression
  • Generosity
  • Peace and harmony both internally and externally
  • Becoming caring and nurturing
  • Pregnancy and birthing
  • Creates positive self-image
  • Expressive passion, sensuality, and sexuality
  • Opulence and glamour
  • Extravagant wealth and riches

    Journey of “The Empress”
    Image by Atell Rohlandt
The Empress: Allowance and Non-Resistance

The Empress is the archetypical energy of a state of pure allowance. A state of non-resistance where all of life passes through with ease and grace. We often times have so much resistance to things that are painful and things that we don’t want that we close ourselves so strongly that we are not able to allow even the good to flow through us.

With the wisdom of the empress when we realize that everything is impermanent and that life is cyclical, even the difficult phases of life seem not so difficult anymore and we just move through all phases smoothly.

Here are some of the ways in which you can access the states of absolute allowance and non-resistance.

  • Make Yourself Feel Rich
    Now this does not mean you go out spending your savings on luxury products. What I am trying to say is we can always make a little bit of room in our spending ever so often to buy something for us that makes us feel rich. We often do so much for others and forget about our own selves. Sometimes it’s important to let ourselves know that ‘I value myself’. Doing this doesn’t have to burn a hole in your pocket, do whatever makes you feel rich. Sometimes, something as simple as a pair of sunglasses does the trick. But it’s different for everybody so do what makes you feel rich.
  • Nurturing and Cring for Others
    When we bring the energy of care and nurturing in our daily interactions the ego steps aside and puts us in a space of massive allowance. Have you ever noticed that when you wanted to do something for another person or just help someone in some way it was so much easier to do even if you were struggling to do the same things for your own self? Start to nurture and care for people including your own self and watch how the universe supports you in opening to your own receiving.
  • Cherishing Your Life (Being Grateful)
    If lack was a vampire, gratitude would definitely be a stake in its heart. Nothing dissolves and transmutes the energy of lack better than the power of gratitude. Now I know we have all heard about gratitude as an exercise and how we need to practice it every day but what’s more important is that we don’t do gratitude as a routine. Don’t allow gratitude to become monotonous cause if it has you are doing it all wrong. I know so many people who practice gratitude with the sole intention of manifesting better things but it doesn’t work that way. Gratitude is about realizing the complex and intricates ways in which the universe does what it does and how you are benefiting from how the universe has operated. It’s a deep sense of appreciation for life itself.
  • Learning from Children
    Children are the best manifestors in the universe. They are in states of such allowance and non-judgment it is almost magical. Why else would you feel so happy and joyful around children? Because they have absolutely no judgment against you. They accept you for who you truly are as an energetic being and if we could just learn to do that and apply it in our relationship with our self and with others, your life would change so instantly, in ways you cannot even imagine.
  • Focusing on the Body
    Taking care of the body is one of the most important things you can ever do because the body is the vehicle that we use to operate in the physical world. The state of our body also reflects the state of our mind. The more we take care of ourselves physically the easier it is for us to go about with our spiritual work as well. Think about it, how difficult it is to sit down and meditate when we are in physical discomfort? How hard it is to focus when we have aches and pains. In connection with allowing and non-resistance, we perceive pleasure be it giving or receiving in our physical bodies, not in the mind where it is an intellectual concept. In the body, the allowing is a physical experience.
  • Connecting to Nature
    Relating to plants and animals establish our deepest rooted connected to this physical realm, to this planet. It immediately puts us in a state of our natural rhythm and synchronizes us to the frequency of allowance and non-resistance. Going outdoors and just establishing a connection to the Earth brings about a sense of joy and centered grounding. It anchors us in the present moment where we can appreciate life in its full flow and that simply is the definition of allowance.

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Darshan.S

Darshan.S

Darshan is a Reiki healer & teacher, Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist and a Professional Dowser. He owns a Metaphysical Store called “Crystal Alchemy” through which he helps spread awareness about Crystals and other Healing Modalities. You can reach Darshan at www.facebook.com/Crystal.Alchemy.Store, www.facebook.com/TheHealingOcean.

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