The Empress  by MoonSpiral

9×12 pastel on Sennelier la carte paper

I am pretty excited about the new Tarot: Map of Consciousness group! This is my attempt at an Empress, my personal favorite card. The Empress is the embodiement of the divine feminine. She is the Earth personified, or as the Celtic traditions would say, the sovereign goddess.
As many Avalonian and Authurian themed tarot decks have done, I have chosen to represent the Empress with Guinevere. Although much of the later written stories of Guinevere have her depicted as a frail, pale, infertile, adultress wimp; originally she would have been recognised as the sovereign goddess. She is the land personified, and the hero she choses to give her favors to would reign as king. Lancelot and Aurthur also represent the Oak and the Holly kings, fighting for the favor of the goddess to have this honor, and to reign over their respective seasons.
The Empress represents change and balance. In the Qabbala the path of the Empress is the path between wisdom and understanding. It is the Divine Feminine that brings this balance to humanity.
There are twelve stars above Guinevere’s head like on many Empress cards. This represents her connection to the heavens and spirit. She is the bridge between the earth, or the material, and heaven. The May blossoms connect her to the Beltaine goddess and is a symbol of fertility.
Guinevere’s name does mean “pale one”, but this is a reference to the ancient “shining ones”, and means that Guinevere was a faerie queen.

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Tammy Mae Moon is tired of writing about herself in third person. I like to paint. I like to paint women and birds and snakes, and a few other things.

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  • Deborah Holman
    Deborah Holmanalmost 6 years ago

    beautiful work and lovely description

  • Thankyou Deborah, for the comment and actually reading my lengthy description :))

    – MoonSpiral

  • BGlatzeder
    BGlatzederalmost 6 years ago

    Lovely! … :-)))

  • What? No comment about the stars, geez did I have to put one on her face for you to notice…teehee!!

    – MoonSpiral

  • Elena Oleniuc
    Elena Oleniucalmost 6 years ago

    Beautiful work, lovely face !

  • Thankyou so much Elena (is that your first name by the way?). Mine is Tammy….

    – MoonSpiral

  • SHRyan
    SHRyanalmost 6 years ago

    Beautiful, Her complexion is like porcelain, and her expression is just lovely and serene. You have interpreted the Empress well,xxxxSandy

  • Thankyou so much Sandy, I am so pleased you think so :))

    – MoonSpiral

  • BGlatzeder
    BGlatzederalmost 6 years ago

    I was far too distracted by the complexion … like: how the heck does she do that with pastels??!!! :-))))))))))))

  • Good excuse. It is all in the paper my dear. Sanded paper, or some kind of paper with grit on it seems to work best. This is Sennellier….it is my favorite. It is gritty, but doesn’t rub the skin off of my fingers. I wonder how much it would cost to ship you a few pieces of it?

    – MoonSpiral

  • Elena Oleniuc
    Elena Oleniucalmost 6 years ago

    Yes Tammy, Elena is my first name.

  • Cool :o))

    – MoonSpiral

  • Philosophy Lee
    Philosophy Leealmost 6 years ago

    Gorgeous! :)

  • Thankyou so much Lee!!

    – MoonSpiral

  • whitehawk60
    whitehawk60almost 6 years ago
    A lovely painting moon well done
  • Thankyou very much my friend!!

    – MoonSpiral

  • Lynette K.
    Lynette K.almost 6 years ago

    She is wonderful…love those stars and her eyes. You work is always so soft.

  • Thankyou Lynette!!

    – MoonSpiral

  • Lynsye Medalia
    Lynsye Medaliaalmost 6 years ago

    She’s gorgeous! She has such a soft and kind look to her face.

  • Thanks a bunches sis*star!!!

    – MoonSpiral

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