Thursday, January 06, 2011

Ce Parfum, C'est Moi!

My Mum has a knack for giving me gifts that weren't on my list, that I doubt I can carry off, hem and haw about using, and then promptly fall madly in love with and receive a gillion compliments on. (Like this Michael Kors watch which is still turning heads!)

This year it was a new fragrance- the most difficult, ephemeral and personal gift to give, don't you think? She chose 3 L'Imperatrice by D&G and I LOVE IT. It's way bolder than what I normally choose for myself, with a lot more spice and citrus than any fragrance I've ever worn.

The advertizing features the vile Naomi Cambell, but my Mum mentioned that it was also inspired by the Tarot. This piqued my interest because The Empress is a card that comes up in my readings (which I do with the classic Giant Rider-Waite deck) again and again.

From Wikipedia:

According to Waite's The Pictorial Key to the Tarot, The Empress is not Regina Coeli (the Blessed Virgin Mary), but rather a Refugium Peccatorum - a fruitful mother of thousands: she is above all things universal fecundity and the repository of all things nurturing and sustaining, and of feeding others.

The Empress is mother, a creator and nurturer. In many decks she can be shown as pregnant. She can represent the creation of life, of romance, of art or business. The Empress can represent the germination of an idea before it is ready to be fully born. The Empress is often associated with Venus, goddess of beautiful things as well as love, and indeed the Rider-Waite deck brandishes her symbol upon a heart-shaped bolster. The Empress is also often interpreted to be Demeter, goddess of abundance. She is the giver of earthly gifts, although at the same time, she can be overprotective and possessive. In anger she can withhold, as Demeter did when her daughter, Persephone, was kidnapped. Due to her fury and grief, Demeter keeps the Earth cold and barren until Spring when her child is returned to her.

I can't help but see myself in this definition- a person who creates and nurtures but sometimes withholds in anger. I also love the references to abundance, beauty and creativity- this is a lesson that is quite hard won in my own life that I intend to share with as many people as I possibly can. The more I live the more I realize that if you want abundance and beauty in your life, you have to practice it, welcome it. Not someday, but right now. And that means letting go of the idea of clinging to and hoarding creativity or happiness. Instead, you have to let it flow through you so that the channel gets wider and deeper and ready for more more more. Quite a lot to sniff out of one little bottle of perfume, don't you agree?

Do you wear perfume? I never really feel "dressed" without it.

1 comment:

tangata said...

beautiful! This is you sweetie!

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