Two of the reasons I really like the Circle of Life Tarot is that the images and meanings are so different, prone to interpretation outside the norm.
III – THE EMPRESS
So here she is with her green hair sprouting roses and two filled bags of some sort behind her, looking in a mirror with a gnome-like creature above her by the tree roots. Very interesting, and the booklets says:
“Our image, when reflected, never corresponds to reality. If we only look in the mirror, we lose all contact with reality.”
Hardly an Empress-y saying but interesting. She’s in a burrow under tree roots, watched over by a gnome who looks quite happy. Abundant hair, flowers and perhaps riches in the bags behind her. Today I am thinking that as she turns from the mirror to enjoy the reality of her protected circumstance, it might be Sunday and she has slept well and wants to continue reading her fascinating biography of Pierre Berton and catch up on the laundry. The gnome trimmed her hair before she bathed and she is noticing how much better it cascades down her back with a bit of a trim, with no split ends to catch on tree roots.
Of course, this is naturally all in the card.