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Author's Note:
Part 4 of the Major Arcana of the Tarot is the Empress. The Empress represents the mother and the creation of life, of romance, of art or of business as well as the natural world and the seasons. The divinatory meaning is one of fertility, creativity, marriage, partnership or children.

The Empress

Brilliant diamond of the morning
spinning pearl of twilight grace
flowing like a Botticelli painting
clouds enshroud your rosy face
lava lover stirring passions
caught in your gravitational embrace
spirited away from doting matron
slingshot through your solar space

Summer spent in composition
inspired by feminine mystique
nestled in the Caloris basin
honoring beauty exotique
forges stoked with stellar radiation
sculpting symmetry unique
penning quick-silver expositions
pulsing symphonies fantastique

Crossing asteroid belts as autumn
sweeps in with astral winds
riding cosmic rays to Titan
among the giant's satellite wing
Tethys, Mimas and Dione
encircle their haloed king
while Rhea assigns a shepherd moon
for harvesting crystal rings

Onwards to aquamarine heaven
for a late-night autumn's dream
with Titania and Oberon
attendants buzz the fairy queen
while Ariel directs sylph guardians
to patrol the Cave of Spleen
but cheeky Puck and Caliban
slip love-potions through their screen

Hitched a lift to the deep dark rim
on Charon's eccentric winter tour
shared a rail next to corpses grim
watching lost souls roam the shore
jumped ship mid-Styx for an icy swim
met silent shades waiting to board
took donations for the dowry tin
played two-up with obolus hardcore

Then appeared an azure illusion
in the dead of winter's night
deep and blue as the vastest ocean
cirrus clouds in ring-arcs white
Sucked in a supersonic maelstrom
spun by sea-nymphs whirlpooling by
rescued by geyser gushing Triton
frozen in a conch shell of celestite

Hitched to comets sizzling inbound
for a sentinel orange spring
stole fire from atop Io's mounts
skated thin ice on Europa's rink
while Callisto with her cratered frown
sips Ganymede's cocktail drinks
Muses herald diadems discount
as red spot specialists radio in

Skidded off a rocky asteroid
headed for Olympus Mons
bounced between egg planetoids
feeling Phobos and Deimos
crash landed in red valley void
on bruised Marineris bottoms
saw spring thaw troops deployed
melting ice-caps to effluviums

Precious swirling sapphire sky-dome
a tiny speck despite her girth
fertile cradle of creative loam
treasure trove of woman's worth
no matter how far or long to roam
life is nurtured by summer earth
with golden fields that welcome home
the imminent arrival of seasonal rebirth


Prenatal Wanderer Key
Venus - Summer - Trimester 1 - Moon 1

- Summer - Trimester 1 - Moon 2

- Autumn - Trimester 1 - Moon 3

- Autumn - Trimester 2 - Moon 4

- Winter - Trimester 2 - Moon 5
Neptune - Winter - Trimester 2 - Moon 6
Jupiter - Spring - Trimester 3 - Moon 7
Mars - Spring - Trimester 3 - Moon 8

- Summer - Trimester 3 - Moon 9

Like the grasses showing tender faces to each other, thus should we do, for this was the wish of the Grandfathers of the World.

Black Elk

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The following comments are for "The Empress"
by Smithy

birthing pains
Thanks bob,

This baby was definately the hardest I've ever had to deliver. I think I've watched "The Planets" about forty times now and I'm just starting to feel like I'm back on Earth.

Something wrong with the formatting of the key there, which I added for those not so familiar with the satellites of the 9 planets. The order is
Venus, Mercury, Saturn, Uranus, Pluto, Neptune, Jupiter, Mars, Earth to go with each of the stanzas.

Thanks for reading and commenting, bob. I am glad you enjoyed.


( Posted by: smithy [Member] On: April 28, 2005 )

it comforts me to "see" you reveal so much about
you, you mystical child, coming from a mystical child myself...must say still, for most, you remain a mystery...tarot is a difficult
language...have enjoyed your reads...

just Robin

( Posted by: Robinbird [Member] On: April 28, 2005 )

thanks robin
Thanks robin. I really enjoy being thought of as a mystical child. ;) I like to think we are all mystical and unique, just that sometimes life's hardships and modern society cause us to forget. I am glad that you saw something more being revealed about me.

Particularly here too, because the journey is supposed to be of the child roaming and exploring far from the maternal bosom, but returning to the mother - Empress Earth at the end.

Thanks for reading and commenting, mystic kin Robin. Much appreciated.


( Posted by: smithy [Member] On: April 28, 2005 )

smithy so true...
you said it...we are all, I believe mystical, yet
get so caught in the race, we forget the simplicity or the complexity of the weave, ever how you look at it...the embodiment of the wholeness, not the holeness, you see...

looking forward to more of...Robin

( Posted by: Robinbird [Member] On: April 28, 2005 )

emptiness and wholeness
Yes Robin. Sometimes it seems so simple, other times so complex, you are right there. The embodiment of the wholeness, yes. I have recently been talking to my cousin who is a Zen Buddhist and teacher of meditation and have found the ideas expressed there reflect my own thoughts and intutions.

Emptiness (what you called holeness). That is what we see. An illusion of substance that is mostly vacant space between tiny atoms. How they understood these concepts so long ago is baffling to dwell upon without some mystical influence.

Just as baffling is how someone like Jonathon Swift wrote in Gullivers Travels about the moons of Mars (Phobos and Deimos) many moons before anyone actually saw them and even predicted their period and orbital distance. Now riddle me that one Batman?

Thanks again robin.


( Posted by: smithy [Member] On: April 28, 2005 )

What is up? my computer skills are not the best nor is my typing, am I misunderstood or what?
If I did not know better I would think you had PMS. I don't get it. I make a simple typo...
forgot to hit enter after, looking forward to
more of...did not mean to offend you nor am I trying at cleverness when I like what I read,
forgive me for my lack of finger skills, that are improving...

just Robin

( Posted by: Robinbird [Member] On: April 28, 2005 )

no worries Robin
No Robin. You certainly didn't offend me. Quite the opposite. I was just thinking along parralel lines which your thoughts inspired. The riddle me that one Batman? comment was aimed more at the logical scientific community of thought, not you. I'm sorry if this caused you any confusion.

Thank you again for your time and sharing your thoughts here. I do appreciate them, don't feel any need to forgive you, for you have nothing to be forgiven for and I did understand what you meant with looking forward to more of...


( Posted by: smithy [Member] On: April 28, 2005 )

thanks, for letting me know...I just don't know enough, you are above my head but, I'm trying to
keep up, please forgive me again...

warmest of warm regards, Robin

( Posted by: Robinbird [Member] On: April 28, 2005 )

typing Robin
I am glad that cleared it up Robin. There are bound to be misinterpretations and mis-communications at times. I certainly don't feel like an expert in this area, compared to those who have studied creative writing at university level. Having written creatively for 20 years or so and being part of this community has improved my skills though.

I started on a manual typewriter, progressed to electric typewriter, then a word-processor, before finally a computer (woohoo!). Everything worthwhile takes time and practice. You show a good heart and willingness to share and learn which is as, if not more, important than knowledge. Thanks for letting me know with the other comment that I had answered your question. I read it, but then fell asleep. ;)


( Posted by: smithy [Member] On: April 29, 2005 )

thanks Demeter
Thanks Demeter. I am glad you enjoyed. Now that would be a fun and informative session. The mystic minds in corroboree.


( Posted by: smithy [Member] On: May 2, 2005 )

thanks pen
Yes, pen, there are an amazing array of differnt Tarot card packs you can get these days. Essentially, browsing these packs showed me how the artists could depict the same essence with vastly different pictures. Some elements are there, but a variety of symbols can be used to create the same overall effect.

I like the Mythic Tarot best because it uses all the Greek mythological references which I have some knowledge of. They give me a good basis to get the feeling of the card.

Glad you enjoyed and stopped to drop a comment in the box.


( Posted by: Smithy [Member] On: May 4, 2005 )

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