Out next card in the Carpe Diem Haiku journey into Tarot is The Empress (III). I should warn you that this prompt seems to have opened the high horse’s stable door and it has bolted…
The Empress is said to be Mother Nature, Eve cast from Eden, or Demeter the Greek Goddess.
In many Tarot cards The Empress is draped in christian iconography. One is reminded of Mary Magdelin whom various pre Church of Rome writings claim was Jesus’ wife and/or his chosen successor as leader of the Christians on earth. However, Mary was proclaimed a prostitute by Rome, perhaps to ensure women were ‘kept in their place’?
So, did the first female and the Greek Goddess of Agriculture share a similar fate to Mary in being demoted to Empress?
Eden’s sinners rewarded
Eve is now Empress
having given man farming
his church demotes you
It seems The Empress bid me question the legitimacy of ‘Man’s dominion’. From the treatment of women in the name of god over millennia, “the Way, the Truth and the Life” would indeed seem to have been “accessible to arbitrary fool-hardiness.”
Anyway, fear not my friends, the horse has now been captured and is safely back in its stable recovering from a swift canter through the barren field of theological misogyny, to which I bod you shout NAY!
Smiles, love and laughter
© John Belchamber 2013
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