Looking for a bit more beauty, creativity or abundance in your life? Take a hint from one of the loveliest ladies of tarot, the Empress. This goddess of everything lush and bountiful is the embodiment of divine creativity. She is the eternal earth mother, generous, loving and passionate. She allows nature to unfold as it will, nurturing without smothering. She is the symbol of fertility and sensuality, complete and comfortable in herself even as she gives birth to more love, more delight, more wonder.
Common symbols found in Empress cards include roses and other flowers, flowing water, fruit and lush gardens, all surrounding a beautiful woman, lounging on a divan, a crown of stars on her head. This is the card to focus on if you want to feel complete in yourself or connected to your feminine side, as well as when you want to become pregnant, create a work of art, experience more abundance or simply enjoy the sensual pleasures of life. Her advice in a tarot reading is often about loving freely, creating with passion, nurturing others (or yourself) and generally embracing the beauty of the natural world. Ask yourself: when do I feel abundant? What do I love? What do I want to create in this world? All of these areas are encouraged and promoted by the Empress.
To bring a bit more Empress energy into your life, try spending time in nature, eating fresh fruit or simply appreciating the beauty around you, wherever you are. Allow yourself to create something new. Enjoy the simple pleasures of delicious food, the wind in your hair and the earth under your feet. Relax into the moment, take a deep breath and let your natural beauty shine. Allow yourself to love others freely, without condition. And don’t forget to give that same love to yourself–a true Empress knows that all love begins with self-love, because we can’t give something we don’t already have. So let your love flow and step into the power and beauty of an Empress!
When I first created this website, I was inspired by the idea of finding peace on a windy day. At the time, that meant that even when storms rage, you can find a place of calm and sanctuary within yourself, and use that to return to balance and joy. Although that is all still true, lately I find that wind means so much more.
Wind is change. It is transformation, inspiration, movement, magic. It is what allows us to be lifted into the air, to soar the heights, to hear music and our loved ones’ laughter. It is power. It allows us to sweep away the past, and make room for the future.
And so “finding peace on a windy day” has taken on a different meaning for me. The peace found on a windy day does not deny or ignore the wind, but rather it embraces it. It uses the wind and all the powers of creativity and change that it represents. This is the power of artists–to harness the wind, to use it to create something new, something beautiful, something full of joy.
So when the winds are raging in your own life, you do not need to fear them. Instead, let them inspire you to create something worthy of the artist within. See what you can do with that wind to create your own kind of magic, whether you call yourself an artist, a writer, a parent, a lover, a knitter, a sculpture, a dream-weaver.
We are all artists. We all have windy days. The greatest art is in allowing that wind to bring us new beginnings, and the possibility of creating greater peace and joy than we had previously imagined.
Want to change your mood? One of the best things you can do is take a walk. If you can go outside, you have the benefits of nature on top of the benefits of exercise. If you can’t get outside but have access to a treadmill, try adding in some of your favorite music to lift your spirits.
Of course, walking does much more than lift your mood. Julia Cameron wrote in Walking in this World that a weekly walk is a useful tool for awakening creativity. And of course it’s good for your health–simply walking a bit more each day can yield impressive results for your health and waistline.
Need some added motivation? Check out Jawbone’s Up Band, a wristband that connects to an app that displays how many steps you take each day and how well you’re sleeping at night. But however you do it and whatever motivates you, a little extra time walking is a wonderful tool for brightening your day.