Sunday, 29 July 2012

Meet the Sidhe - Part 4

©Emily Carding
As we approach Lughnasadh or Lammas, time of the first harvest, what better member of the Tarot of the Sidhe (Schiffer, 2011) to explore than the Empress?  

As with all Empresses, she has a real feeling of abundance and ripeness to her, highlighted by her round, pregnant belly.  Upon it, we see the Great Glyph of the Sidhe, portal to the Otherworld.  As well as being a meditation focus, it reminds us that creativity is a way to connect with spirit, to access other states of awareness.  The Sidhe delight in beauty and creativity in all forms; art, music, poetry, dance, and anything else our imaginations can create.  

I see that, too, in her green and yellow dress, perfect for dancing.  Though she is pregnant, she is still beautiful and graceful, swaying to the rhythm of life that is around and within her.  She holds a pink flower in one hand, suggesting beauty and love, and more flowers bloom in the meadow that grows at the hem of her dress.  

In terms of the elements, earth is very apparent here.  We see it in the rolling hills that flow from the Empress, in the flowers and green grass, and in her ripe body.  She reminds me of Gaia - she is the earth, teeming with life.  While the Magician focuses his will to manifest his desires, the Empress is about solid and tangible creativity.  This is apparent with creating a child, a picture, a garden, a meal.  Even a dance, though ephemeral, can be seen, recorded, learned and shared.  More than that, we feel it in our body and it changes us at a physical level: elevating our heart rate; exercising our muscles; bringing a blush to our cheeks.  It is tangible and embodied, and that's what I associate with the Empress. 

Looking for the other elements, air is seen in the leaves that flutter in the yellow sky of her dress, and in the swirls of light in the night sky around her.  Water is more subtle, hinted at in the blue beneath her, and in the moon that shines from behind her.  The moon reminds us, too, that all creativity is mysterious, coming from a place of emotion, and governed by the cycles and rhythm of life.  Fire is also more hinted at than explicit - I see it in the yellow "sun" of her ripe belly that shines down on the landscape that is the skirt of her dress.

I love this Empress, so full of promise.  She offers us a sense of aliveness, a delight in the world and our own inventiveness.  She guides us and inspires us: dance, move, flow, create!


  1. I love this Empress, too! Every time I see your Sidhe, I am tempted to crop mine, but the cardstock is just so thick, I'm scared to make a start. I can see it all going Pete Tong! :)

    1. Hi Carla,
      I used a guillotine on these, rather than scissors - as you say, the card stock is thick. Still, I love the more open feel to them ;)