I drew The Empress from the Universal Waite Tarot Deck for the card of the week.
The Empress depicts a Mother Goddess type of woman; she is sitting in a vast lush, meadow. She is the embodiment of fertility, love, emotion, and abundance. She also symbolizes the creation and sustaining of life through loving care and devotion. The Empress may also symbolize giving yourself emotionally.
This is a week of nurturing and abundance. Take comfort in what is around you. Allow yourself to be nurtured and taken care of. Go to a place that makes you feel safe and comfortable. This could be in your home, or the home of a friend or relative. Did someone offer to make you a home-cooked meal? Take them up on it.
Go out into nature and feel the energy, it will revitalize you. For my friends up North, go to an indoor greenhouse or botanical garden. Spend time with your pets or caring for your houseplants.
This week, nurture and love YOU and do that which brings you comfort.
What I really enjoy about using modern Tarot decks is that often a new perspective can be seen from the traditional meaning of the card, or I learn something new. This week, I drew the Two of Cups from the Animal Totem Tarot and I found out about the fascinating symbiosis between hermit crabs and sea anemones.
This card depicts a hermit crab on the seabed, surrounded by coral. Behind the hermit crab are two cups laying on their side, on top of one of the cups is an anemone. Anemone’s often attach themselves to the shells of hermit crabs, but do no harm to the hermit crab. The anemone and hermit crab are travelling buddies, with the hermit crab carrying the anemone as it moves along. The anemone protects the hermit crab from predators as it’s tentacles will sting. If the hermit crab needs to move to a larger shell, it will gently detach the anemone from the old shell and place it on the new shell.
Relationships, including platonic, business, or romantic, cannot be just a one-way street. Each person in the relationship needs to find benefit. If it is one sided, it is doomed to stagnate or fail. If both parties in the relationship are working together, and find symbiosis, it is more likely to be successful.
This week, evaluate your relationships. Are they mutually beneficial? Have you been neglecting an important partnership and need to nurture it more? Are any too draining and it is time to let go? What is your ideal relationship?
Message from the Hermit Crab:
If ever there was an odd couple it would be us. We don’t seem to look like we belong together, but you will find us together on many a coral reef or aquarium. In fact, we could not think of anywhere else we would rather be than right here with each other, deep under the sea. Friends till the end.
As I was shuffling for the card of the week, several cards jumped out, but only one card flipped up. The Lovers. This is the card of the week.
The Lovers card depicts a man and woman with an angel flying above them. The imagery is a nod to the Biblical description of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.
This card could represent a relationship, or the need to make a choice. There may be a new relationship ahead, changes to your current relationship, or the need to confront an issue in a relationship.
This week, you may realize that changes need to be made, or that you need to make a decision. Gentle and honest reflection and communication will be necessary, either with yourself or someone close to you.
In the background there is a mountain, it seems to stand between the man and woman. There may be something which challenges your current philosophies, or is blocking your communication, but it needs to be confronted before you can move forward. The angel in the card signifies that Divine inspiration is there to help guide you as you communicate and make your decision.