Imagery — Things to Look at and Contemplate:
Postures — dancing / sitting
(Graceful and in motion vs. stately and still)
Colors — gold, green, purple, light blue and flesh tone / yellow,
gold, green, red and white
(Soft, complex and subtle vs. bright, simple and intense)
Clothing — draped nude / loosely robed
(Unselfconsciously theatrical vs. formally modest)
Symbols — wreath with lemniscates, four beasts, sash, wreath in hair and wands / crown, pearls, wreath in hair, orb and scepter, trees, river and wheat
(mythic and allegorical vs. ceremonial and natural)
Foreground Figures — the same blonde female in each card
(two aspects of the divine feminine, as beginning (Empress) and ending (World) of the creative process)
Saturn (World) — time, orderliness, grand and stately progress, the contractions of birth and death
Venus (Empress) — love, beauty, the creativity of nature, nurturing and protective motherhood
Intensely outward, open and active vs. Filled with creative but unexpressed potential
Disciplined and regular vs. Chaotic and unpredictable
Natural and adaptable vs. Formal and inwardly certain
The World and The Empress have in common clear minds and presence in the moment. In crown and wreath and hand-held symbols they share a sense of high purpose. In the gold of ornament and detail they have a common concern for spiritual elevation. They contrast as active and settled, as expressive and reserved, as personal and formal, as symmetrical and organic.
The World brings measure to The Empress’ abundance; she brings orderly conclusion to The Empress’ fertile beginning. The World’s energy and openness balances The Empress’ immobility and formality.
Unintegrated and imperfectly realized, The World can be awkward and inappropriate, brazen and overbearing, heavy-handed and destructive, stiffly traditional and unimaginative.
The Empress can be wildly self-indulgent, unaware of and unconcerned with consequences. She can be vain, overbearing and autocratic, and use weakness, whimsy and helplessness to manipulate people and events.
Together they can be spontaneous and graceful, beautiful and proportionate. Between them, things do what they were born to do, live as they were meant to live, and last as long as they were meant to last. Between them, destinies are realized and completed. (Source)
One of the major benefits of illustrating one’s life issues with Birth Cards is that it decreases the sense of shame that many people feel about their perceived “flaws.” The underlying assumption of Tarot Psychology is that everyone is struggling with the issues of their Birth Cards and that everyone is equal in this respect. In addition, because different sets of Birth Cards have different issues and personality styles associated with them, any system of Tarot Psychotherapy that evolves out of Tarot Psychology automatically recognizes that different people need different approaches.
Birth Card Continuum work assumes that we are reincarnated over and over again and that eventually each of will work on the issues of every Birth Card pair or triplet as we personally and spiritually evolve. This automatically adds a spiritual dimension to the psychotherapy work and allows us to view psychotherapy as only one aspect of our general evolution as spiritual beings. It is my view that we have to have a working ego before we can successfully transcend it. Or, as I might put it in Tarot Psychotherapy terms, we need to feel finished with the issues of this world (Malkuth in Kabalistic Tarot and the domain of pentacles or Earth), before we can commit to the journey of return to our divine source. (Source)
listening while reading/posting: Fleetwood Mac – As Long As You Follow