The Empress

Taken from the tarot series by Jina Wallwork

The Empress

The Mother


She’s there when needed to solve any problem. Filled with compassion, she is eager to share the love that is in her heart. She will be there for those in need, and there is a space for these nurturing instincts to expand beyond a genetic bond. No mistake is too large and all actions can be forgiven; however, only a small heart could choose to test the unconditional nature of a mother’s love. She will talk of your greatness because this will always be her main focus. Her character is soft when you require care and reassurance, but don’t underestimate the fierce protector that stands by your side. Know that you are loved and supported in everything that you do.

The Empress by Jina Wallwork

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The Empress Reversed

A Worried Mother


Your mother worries about you. She’s concerned about your life and questions if you’re really happy. She remembers watching you as a child and, in those moments, she was convinced you would rule the world. It seemed as though her whole life had led her to you and it was a blessing. You have so much potential and she fears it’s going to waste. Don’t get angry when she tries pushing you another direction. Know that she’s concerned and everything that she does comes from a place of love. She’s become so used to nudging you onto paths she would like you to travel. As a child you needed this guidance because it would help you avoid danger and lead you towards comfort and security. She can’t let go of this role, yet it stands in conflict with your independence. You know that you have decisions to make, and you have a lot to consider.

You’re contemplating what steps to take in order to achieve greater fulfillment. Your mother shares the same objective, so why are you in conflict with each other? Perhaps, you should have a cup of tea and talk about your problems. If she gives you a bad piece of advice, don’t be dismissive, tell her why it’s the wrong action for you to take and listen to the opposing argument. There may be something useful that you didn’t consider. A person can be bossy and difficult because they care. Love comes with many faces and disguises. When you were young she hid her vulnerabilities. Afraid of the daunting task of being a mother, she imagined that she was a confident woman who had all the answers. When she adopted this pretense her task became easier. It’s hard to let go of the personas we create. Let her understand your perspective, because she wants to be included in your life. She already carries all of your problems due to her constant worrying. This is what mothers do.

 There will be times when she won’t be able to retain the persona of a superwoman. She will make mistakes, and she will be placed in harm’s way. There will be moments when you will worry about her. No matter what happens she will always be your mother.


Artwork Description

This woman doesn’t know what she will become. She understands that she’s having a baby, but she doesn’t know what it means to be a mother. This connection will define her and it will shape her understanding of herself. It is a link in a chain that begins with her ancestors and stretches into a future that is beyond her vision. Each day she will engage in casual acts of self sacrifice as she watches this child grow. She will know what it means to love. All humans have flaws and limitations, but a mother can see beyond any weakness. The bond will give her strength and the love she feels will sustain her through every difficulty. When the world seems cold she will know true warmth. She will be sustained by the beautiful connection that exists within her heart. She will be a mother and she will know what it means to love unconditionally. The memory of being a mother will remain in her soul for many lives to come. Whether she is reborn as a man or a woman, she will retain an instinctual love and a desire to nurture the growth of the people she loves.


Taken from the tarot series by Jina Wallwork