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Photos and Mary-El and a lot of Empresses.

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This is gonna be pretty image-heavy since I been lazy in updating and do it all at once. First image is of what the mailman brought me this morning! It is Promethea by Alan Moore, a journey through the Tree of Life in the comic form. If I like it, I will get the rest of them. There is also the brand-spanking new Tarot Playbook by Lynda Cowles which looks AMAZING so much photos and fun stuff! (plus I made an awesome bananacake for my coffee) Just checked out the game for the Empress card and it is about writing a love-letter to your deck 😀

Last night I sat me down and went through all the cards in the Mary-El to pick out my favorites. It was hard. The first batch was around 55 cards. Then I narrowed it down progressively until I had about 7 and here they are!

The Tower is one of my faves in any deck, like the liberty statue struck by lightning, will she collapse or will she stand firm? She will be seared and perhaps scared and even charred. The Knight of Wands I love cause he is showing us the scar and the power for the flash in the Tower. The 5 of Disks show us his heart – the earth. The 5 of swords, Athena with her owls, The Charior an inuit and her sled-dogs and the Empress (more on her later) gathering the apples in her dress. 3 of Disks an inuit family swept in warm fur or hair, like organs in the same body.

I could pick almost any card. I also notice that if I pulled a card as daily card, it does leave an imprint on me. I could easily use this deck for a year.

I also pulled out a whole lot of Empress cards to do a post on my fave card. It was fun! I found some unexpected ones.

There was this theme in them of the Motherhood, but there is also the Empress as the ‘Other’ the different then yet relating to the Emperor. The warrior Bride. Klimt is one of those.

One very odd Empress is from Circle of Life. It is a Lo Scarabeo deck so it is to be expected, most of their stuff is pretty outside-the-box.


She looks like a wild woman seeing her reflection for the first time. The image makes me think of how I am for good and bad a distorted reflection of my mother but also how the reflection is not the Truth. We are so much more then what can be seen in a mirror – or the mirror of someone else.


So here are my 2 favorite Empresses:  Cosmic Tribe and Mary-El. (I tend to always favorite the current deck, I just can’t help it) The Cosmic Tribe was a bit unexpected. I always said my fave was from the Gill tarot – the green woman/mountain. But this convey the same idea in a more down-to-earth way. I can’t really see myself in that image of a Mountain Goddess – but I can see myself here.

The thing I love most about the Mary-El is that she is NOT the fat fertility Goddess, she is a providing mother, taking her baby on her back and goes to work at feeding her family.

Thanks to Jenny for reminding me about the Cosmic Tribe, it is a real treasure I often forget about cause I just stick it on a shoebox inside a cupboard. It will come out and play more this summer for sure.

Right now I am pulling out the Queens from Mary-El but more on that later. I guess I just feel like exploring the feminine side this week 😀

About jema

Dreamer, tarot reader and hobo librarian

6 responses »

  1. i love that mary el empress. its a deck i keep going back and forth with whether I want it or not, really, and…the empress is definitely one of those cards that draws me in…

  2. I love the Mary El and the Gill Empresses. And that Mary El Tower card is quite the attention grabber!

  3. Hi Great info on Tarot – your just the type of knowledgeable person we need on our forum to let others now about Tarot.

  4. Oh man, next time I do this I’m going to do the same as you and take a picture of all the cards I pulled! What fun to look at!

    I adore the Mary El one as well.

  5. I have all five books of Moore’s Promethea and love the series. I have read it twice but there is always something new to see, I must read it yet again. My favourite bit: the Five Swell Guys!

    I ended up trading the Mary-El.

    I used to be librarian, and I also remember you from AT when I was there way back when. You don’t know me though. However, I couldn’t resist commenting on a book.

    • Hi and thanks for the comment:-D I am still lurking about at AT a bit. Mainly post just in the Deck of the Week thread though.

      I still got the Mary-El but find it almost impossible to blog about. I do like it – a lot. just can’t write about it somehow.

      Oh and thanks for reminding me about Promethea – I am gonna order book 2 this month since I promised my bank-account no more tarot decks. Books is still ok. Got a load of 3 Roberto Bolino novels coming in monday but you can never have too many books.


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