2010 is the year of the Empress, and with it brings a connection the Mother Earth and our feminine energy in a way which creates abundance and radiance in our lives.
To understand the energy of the Empress, let us first look at the imagery of this Tarot card. The main feature of this card is the Empress herself, a full-figured woman with blond hair and a peaceful and calm aura about her. On her head she wears a crown of stars, showing her connection with the mystical realm of angels and fairies. She is dressed in a patterned robe of pomegranates, symbolic of fertility, and is seated upon a luxurious array of cushions and flowing red velvet. In the background, we see a beautiful forest with a stream running through, demonstrating the Empress’s deep emotional connection with Mother Earth. She draws her sense of peace from the trees and the water and is rejuvenated by the energy of nature. In the foreground, golden wheat springs from the ground, reflecting abundance from a recent harvest.
The symbolism of the Empress translates into three key themes which we can apply to the new year, 2010.
Connection with Mother Earth. On a global scale, there is no question that the environment is an increasingly important topic as we grapple with issues of climate change and sustainable living. The 2009 Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen was a significant step which saw not only the introduction of the Copenhagen Accord but also a new kind of dynamic in global climate policy. As the Empress influences 2010, we can expect to see an ongoing dialogue between world leaders on how we can not only reduce our impact on the environment, but how we can work in unison with the earth and respect that we are indeed part of the earth and surrounding universe. Too often we forget that we do not own the earth – the earth owns us.
On a more individual scale, the Empress encourages you to spend time in nature this year. Use your vacation time not to stay in fancy hotels in busy cities, but to explore nature by pitching a tent or hiking through its beautiful terrain. Allow yourself the time and the space to enter into a different frame of mind where you can truly connect with the Mother Earth and receive her into your heart and mind. Take a trip to your favourite natural setting, be it a forest, beach, mountain or lake, and simply sit for a couple of minutes, hours or even days to breathe in the energy that surrounds you and marvel in the beauty of the earth.
Connection with our femininity. Femininity translates in many ways – beauty, sensuality, fertility, creative expression, nurturing – and is necessary in creating balance in both men and women.
In 2010, the Empress calls on you to connect with your feminine energy. Create beauty in your life. Get in touch with your sensuality through taste, touch, sound, smell and sight. Draw on these senses to experience pleasure and deep fulfillment. Treat yourself to a day spa, learn massage, enjoy a fine dining experience, or simply spend more time with your partner. Discover new ways to creatively express yourself, be it through painting, music, drama, or other art forms. This may be the perfect year to take up a new hobby which enables you to access this part of yourself.
The Empress may also indicate pregnancy or birth. This does not necessarily mean birth of a child, but also birth of a new idea, a product, or a new way of being. Bring forth those ideas which have been growing and developing inside of you.
Connection with others. The Empress is a deeply nurturing and caring card. For those who are already mothers, 2010 sees you exploring your ‘mother’ role even more deeply than you have before and truly appreciating the gift that has been bestowed upon you. For fathers, the Empress encourages you to nurture your children and open the lines of communication between you and your child. Encourage growth and development of your children, being there to support and guide when needed.
More broadly, the Empress encourages you to connect with others by nurturing, caring and supporting those around you. Find ways to create dialogue and open communication, creating a space to openly express your feelings.
When we allow ourselves to truly experience the connections with the Mother Earth, our femininity and those around us, we create abundance and radiance in our lives. Take a moment to reflect on the love that surrounds you and build on this energy to create even more abundant love in your life. Know that love is limitless.
Personal Tarot Readings for the New Year
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Enjoy this year of the Empress, 2010!
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HOW TO CALCULATE THE YEARLY TAROT CARD
The Yearly Tarot Card can be calculated by adding each number of the current year, and aligning it with the numbers of the Major Arcana. So, for 2010, the number is 3 (2+0+1+0) which corresponds to the 3rd card of the Tarot, the Empress.
HOW TO CALCULATE YOUR PERSONAL YEAR CARD
To calculate your Personal Year Card, add the numbers of your birth day, birth month and the current year. For example, if your birthday is April 27 and you would like to know your Year Card for 2010, add 4+27+2+0+1+0 = 34. Since there are only 22 Major Arcana card, add 3+4 = 7. This corresponds to the 7th card of the Tarot, the Chariot.
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