Princess of Earth
Rules 0 degrees Aries through 30 degrees Gemini
Princess of Earth is the sixteenth and final tarot Court Card and represents the hidden spirit or Goddess that is the culmination and synthesis of the previous fifteen Court Cards.
This hidden concept is symbolized by the depiction in the card of the Princess holding a fox. When a fox has gone to ground, retreated to its lair, the phenomenon is referred to as the animal having gone to earth. Normally, the fox will do this to escape danger.
Being the last in a sequence, Princess Earth is representative of a door to another world, another dimension, a new, and as yet unrevealed cycle of events. As the final court card, she is the beginning of a new cycle of the zodiac, exhibiting the freshness of spring which we experience in the physical world. Here is the reason for her allocation of rulership to 0 degrees Aries through 30 degrees Gemini.
Being Earth of Earth she expresses a reserving and benevolent character. She radiates the spiritualized and loving nature of earth generous, kind and preserving.
As the personality type behind the first quarter of the zodiac 0 degrees Aries through 30 degrees Gemini, Princess Earth exhibits a synthesis of Aries/Emperor, Taurus/Hierophant and Gemini/Lovers: These three signs of the zodiac in conjunction with the decan planetary rulers they oversee are the bicameral signatures behind the 2, 3 and 4 of fire, the 5, 6 and 7 of earth and the 8, 9 and 10 of air.
She is the oracular personality that should be appealed to when questions raised by the appearance of these minor arcana cards fail to be answered by their specific personality type Court Cards
Princess Earth and Bicameral Mind Theory
These major arcana cards are what Julian Jaynes refers to in his The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind as hallucinated ancestral voices. For us, being far removed from the days of hearing ancestral voices, I argue that these vocalizations are now received as subjective ideas. We might consider these ideas to be our own creation, although it is quite possible they come from a place that is not of ourselves or what we might identify as of ourselves.
As the throne of the Ace of Earth, Princess of Earth is our first cognizant awareness of the emergence of the element when it interacts with our biological machine.
The tarot oracle is not predicting the future; it is projecting possibilities from learned phenomena, both conscious and unconscious, through past experiences enabling us to create our futures from a collage of expectations..
To sum up, tarot images can be considered materialization’s of what were once oracular instructions voiced by invisible or hallucinated fields of energy.
Gone to Earth, is an original oil on canvas painting, 48 inches by 24 inches available for purchase at Saatchi Art