Daily Draw: Tarocco Piemontese ~ L'Imperatrice/Empress
Tarocco decks were meant for gaming, and the majors and courts are all shown half with half. We don't see what is going on with their feet, how their clothing is placed, how any symbolic items below the waist are arranged. What we can see is she is facing us straight on. Take me or leave me, period.
I'm reminded by this card how long we've labored to have the right to govern our own body. When I hear 'advanced civilization' my mind goes to the female genital mutilation of young girls. The lifelong curse of fistula in young girls before their bodies have matured enough to give birth safely, the double standard... of all the other ways old men of power try to silence our cries, crush our spirit, render us malleable. Good luck with that.
"Enter on the way of training while the spirits in youth are still pliable." ~ Virgil 70 BC-19 BC