The Empress is one of the most potent of all feminine archetypes.
She appears in almost all of the myths and stories of our past, and shows up clearly today in many guises too, in TV, film, literature and in every day life. This is because her essence lives in each one of us (female and male) and she’s becoming an important leading energy as we enter the new age, and cycle through this intense, collective shifting paradigm.
What is the Empress Archetype?
“The Empress shows a deep connection with our femininity. Femininity translates in many ways – beauty, sensuality, fertility, creative expression, nurturing – and is necessary in creating balance in both men and women.” Says Brigit, of Biddy Tarot, describing the Empress as she appears on the Card. “The Empress encourages you to connect with others by nurturing, caring and supporting those around you”.
The Empress is the divine mother principle.
She is the keeper of earthly delights and the bounteous, generous provider. She is the nurturer and the safe haven.
The Empress is our anchor to the divine feminine (for both women and for men) in a physical, tangible, material way – her energy is grounded in sensory and sensual experiences, and she encourages us to breathe in the beauty that surrounds us, letting it seep deep into our bones.
She empowers by expressing empowerment. She is fair, just and compassionate, and is deeply, intimately connected to the patterns and rhythms of nature.
This could so easily be a description of the higher qualities of the number 6. In fact, these two powerful forces – the Empress and the 6 – share a lot of common strands, and weaving them together can really enhance the potency they both offer.
Using the 6 to Connect to the Empress
If the 6 is one of your core numbers, it’s likely that you instinctively exude many of its qualities, but others may hold specific challenges for you, so it’s especially important for you to work through those too. And if you don’t naturally hold a lot of this number’s frequency, it’s still a number you need to learn to embrace!
Here are some simple ways you can cultivate the power of your inner 6, and create a clear channel for the Empress to emerge into the world, through you and your actions.
Practice Kindness & Compassion
The Number 6 intuitively knows that caring deeply and actively for others will help us ALL to thrive. It knows that compassion is what enables the highest versions of ourselves to emerge. Believe in people’s best intentions, efforts and qualities. Presuppose them, see them, treat people as expressions of their best selves, and you help them to be created.
Fill Your Own Cup
Do not deplete your own strength. In its highest expression, the 6 understands that you must give from an overflowing cup – not by tipping out your own reserves. So it’s really important to practice self care in whatever form this looks like. This article explains in more detail.
Get in touch with your Sensuality
Dive deeply into your senses, and taste, touch, sound, smell and really see the world you live in. Feel presence, pleasure and fulfillment as you do. You could treat yourself to a day spa, a massage or a facial. Go out for a gourmet dinner or buy a juicy punnet of fresh fruit. Gift yourself a bouquet of flowers, or just inhale their heady scent as you pass by the stall. You don’t have to go to extra ordinary lengths – the 6 is ruled by Venus, a planet which brings pleasure and beauty home, so you don’t need to seek these sensations from afar.
Receive from Nature
The Number 6 is a micro-cosmic aspect of our greater Earth Mother, so connect with her! And the very best way to do this is to get out of doors, go somewhere wild and untouched, and engage your senses.
Receive and recharge.
Ground and connect.
When we truly experience the abundance of nature, we create the space for abundance to enter into our own lives. The 6 holds an extremely creative vibration and creation is an organic, imaginative, playful act, not one which can be worked hard at in a systematic, rational, masculine way (the container for creation may be this, but creation itself is an expression of freedom!)
Mother Earth is the pinnacle of creation (she created us all) so use her as an example. Spending real time with her will show you what this means.
Why is the Empress Archetype Important Now?
As the structures that our societies have grown up inside start to crumble, something needs to take their place. As our systems of governance and authority begin to show their hefty fault-lines and prove the limits of their trustworthiness, honesty and investment in the highest good of humankind, we need a new direction.
In their place, Earth wisdom and principles of compassion, love, inclusivity, empathy and heart-connection are rising.
Self love is replacing self interest.
The Archetype of the Empress is one of the universal expressions of the new paradigm. She had been here the whole time, but now she is rising because now we are ready to trust her again.
Will you trust her?
Will you invite her into your life?
Share with us below how you can see and feel the emergence of this powerful archetypal energy, and what changes you are making in your life, with the help of the number 6.