In traditional decks this is the Empress card, the ultimate mother figure. Here it is referred to as Snake, which provokes hostility yet gives help and protection. Well, that's pretty much mothers in a nutshell...
I'm reminded by this card I'm headed north in a few minutes to see both my mother and my sister. I only wish I could offer some protection and support to both.
"Cry not for succor this day; surely you shall not be given help." ~ Quran 651 AD
Like the Minchiate deck I used in March, this weeks Grand Etteilla is a tarot that isn't a tarot. Sort of. It dates back to the late 1700's and is based on the idea that tarot came out of Egypt with Gypsies. It was also the first deck designed for esoteric purposes, prior to that tarot was used for gaming. A beautiful deck, meant to be used both upright and reversed. This is the 1977 edition published by Grimaud France.
The cards open previously closed doors to my own heart with their merciless quest for the truth, nothing but the truth. They flay the soul and make me say thank you afterward. Each hour spent with my cards is a new lesson to be learned. Viva la Journey.