This very-appropriate-for-tarot painting from the “Days of the Week” series by fine artist Brigid Marlin shows Venus in an image reminiscent of The Lovers. Here, I see Venus representing The Empress and I really like the idea of her presiding over the alchemical lovers, as if they were her metaphysical children. This Venus is also wonderfully “other”, with her blue skin, quizzical expression and moon that she holds higher than the sun – almost as if she’s channeling the High Priestess a bit. Her garden is gorgeous, filled with earthly delights and I’m sure it’s dusk where she is, where day meets night… a time for crossing over; blending… exchange.
I especially love what the artists says about Venus in her description:
“By her, the two principles, male and female are conjoined. This can be a stage in the development of a person, when the shadow or unconscious self is seen and accepted, it ceases to be an opposing force, and the two halves of a person are united in love and understanding.”
Aha! What was it I said about Temperance being the lock and the Empress being the key? BINGO! *Ding-ding-ding* and a “Hells Yeah”!
Here’s to the tarot, the poor man’s therapist!
ETA: Oh funny Universe – my year card for 2010 is… The Empress (/Hanged Man).