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The Empress from The Pen Tarot. Another gorgeous Empress card. I have been really drawn to The Empress in recent times, especially since becoming a Mother. Makes sense, huh?! http://www.stephsweet.com

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The Empress tarot card by Arlene Marie Hebert - the symbol on her shield is the cover of the Chalice Well in Glastonbury UK. Also appears to be a Chalice (or Grail) in her hand. Wondering if she represents Guinevere in Camelot. Also curious whether there is significance to 12 stars above her head.

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Fairytale inspired drawings by Jeremy Hush

The Morrígan ("phantom queen") In Irish mythology she is a goddess of battle, strife, and sovereignty. She sometimes appears in the form of a crow, flying above the warriors, she also takes the forms of an eel, a wolf and a cow. She is generally considered a war deity comparable with the Germanic Valkyries. She is often depicted as a trio of goddesses, all sisters, although the triad varies; the most common combinations are Badb, Macha and Nemain. or Badb, Macha and Anand.

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An Imperial gem set gold brooch by Carl Fabergé, centred with the cypher of the Empress Maria Feodorovna in rose diamonds, encircled a ruby and diamond wreath, surmounted by a bow holding a brilliant cut diamond. Workmaster: Albert Holmström, St Petersburg, circa 1914.

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Matilda, Lady of the English. Though her father Henry I named Matilda his heir, she ruled for only a few months in 1141. Her cousin Stephen ruled between 1135 and 1141, and again from 1141 to 1154. Matilda successfully secured the throne for her son.

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Perfection, down to a tea: The Royal Family's private Fabergé collection goes on display in Buckingham Palace

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