Today’s card is the Green Woman from the Wildwood Tarot.
In the Wildwood Tarot the place of the Empress is played by the Green Woman. I really dig the Green Men/Women mythological stories. They’re often these mysterious figures who defy definition and understanding and I find them such intriguing mystical characters.
This card felt SO great as a card to have drawn just before the Inauguration and the protest march that my wife and I are going to on Saturday. The Green Woman is such a powerful female figure, exactly what I’d like to embody on Saturday, and heck, everyday.
Sometimes the Empress is read as being a gentle maternal lady surrounded by woodland creatures, and sometimes that’s fine, a gentle earth mother to give you a hug and a cup of chamomile tea is just what you need. But this Green Woman is not that gentle lady in a flowy dress. This Empress is a powerhouse of creative energy, sexuality, and presence. She doesn’t recline meekly, when she’s in the room -BAM- you notice her. I picture her leaf and moss cape growing as she wears it, moving through the room and catching everyone’s eye. It’s not a cruel unattainable smirk that she wears, but this charismatic magnetic smile that invites you in, but commands respect at the same time.
All of that and she still manages to be nurturing, teaching us to embrace our connection with nature and to build those relationships that help us grow in our understanding of ourselves and the world around us. That way we can turn around and own our power and use that inner strength to defend our marginalized brothers and sisters.
Feel that fire roaring beneath her cauldron, and look at the way she radiates lights all around her, almost like she’s her own source of light in a darkened wood.
And that’s my wish for all of you out there. Find your strength and make your own light, and then shine it into the dark places.
I’ll see you all on Saturday for the protest marches, and then I’ll see you showing up to fight institutionalized racism and sexism and homophobia and ableism and all those other -isms that the new President Elect stands for.
Wear your Pussy Hats with pride and may the strength of the Green Woman go with you and continue to inspire you!