Just made this card — a celebration of fertility — in all its beauty, moisture, flesh, and mooniness. This card has a parallel in the Major Arcana of the Tarot Deck– The Empress, No. 3. Here is that card from the Rider Deck:
There are some similarities — the watery background (waterfall vs. bayou), the inclusion of grains (wheat vs. corn), the red drape, a seated female. The primary difference lies in time of day — mine is all about the dark. This ties my figure more to the classic associations of dark/female/unconscious. It makes my card’s female a little juicier, I think. Perhaps more about the drive to procreate and the act of procreation, and less about the raising of offspring. Both, however, are seated in their power and fertility.
In putting this collage up for viewing, I am thinking more about blogging and less about archetypes, however. Somewhere I read the suggestion of putting “Waylon Jennings” and “taxes” in one’s tags to drive traffic to your blog. I bet these days Sarah Palin might work, too.
From my own blog experience, adding any words relating to sex brings traffic. According to the dashboard on my wordpress sidebar, the consistently most active posts of mine are the following:
- Nude thread drawing
- Mammogram quilt
- Birthday buns.
The pattern is a little disheartening. Based on my small sampling, this post ought to be an active one.
The female figure, by the way, comes from the Boston MFA’s press release on the current exhibit of 16th century painters from Venice. I hope to go!
To read more about the exhibit, here are two links:
And here is a link to a blog discussing The Tarot and other spiritual matters (thank you for The Empress image!) —
Maybe tomorrow, thoughts will return to the image.