DAILY TAROT: 17/12/19
Mac Miller Worships The Empress In 'The Divine Feminine'
Love, love, love, love love. Mac Miller opens his fourth studio album, The Divine Feminine, chanting in celebration of love; “Love, love, love, love, love, love, love”. The album, which was originally meant to be an EP but grew alongside Miller’s deeper exploration of his adoration for the female form, is one of his most sonically succinct albums. Every track is an homage to the sensuality of feminine energy. It’s intoxicating and overindulgent in its appreciation for sex, intimacy, and romance.
But this isn’t just an album about love. This is an album dedicated to "the feminine energy of the planet", as Mac called it. It’s about surrendering your entire being to the divine goddess and letting her carry you to a realm that’s harmonious, sexual, compassionate and powerful. She's sugar, spice and everything nice. She’ll transform you on a molecular level so deep you’ll emerge from her pink worlds with an unshakeable desire to write an entire album paying homage to her. Although the album does take inspiration from specific, real world love interests, Mac is more so celebrating an overarching embodiment of the feminine — an embodiment like The Empress.
The Empress is The Divine Feminine. She is everything Mac lists in the title of the closing track of the album, 'God is Fair, Sexy Nasty'. She lets passion and her emotions take the lead, all the while exuding potent Venusian energy. She is the third card in the major arcana; the number three representing our physical reality and the spaces we inhabit. This spatial symbolism combined with sensual Venusian themes is The Empress's way of inviting us to seek interconnectedness in our environments through love, emotional intimacy, and vulnerability. Mac was hopeful The Divine Feminine would close the space between two people and spark a primal journey of unravelling the layers of their longing for one another. He told i-D he played it for a couple and observed the space between them get smaller and smaller as the album progressed, “They started on kinda opposite sides of the room, and gradually moved closer and closer as it played… That's exactly what I want — for people to lose themselves in the emotion, to take that ride.”
The Empress is alive in the words of Mac's grandmother at the end of the album as she tells of her romance with Mac's grandfather, "How important it is to love, respect and care for each other." Here, Mac takes his appreciation for femininity beyond romantic partners and delves into the influence his mom and his grandmother had in teaching him how to love, “My grandma has the best love story in the world; that story is what I've been chasing my whole life. Seeing her love for my grandfather has inspired me from both sides of the table, about how a woman can treat a man and a man should treat a woman.” The Empress is also our mothers and grandmothers. She is the nurturing energy we receive from them and the nurturing energy we pass on to those around us.
I found this album during the harsh Halifax winter in February of 2018. I was in a similar state to the sounds of Ariana Grande crying at the beginning ‘Skin’. I was spending my days holed up in a dark room wilting from a very specific type of trauma that can only come from being wrapped up in seeking validation from men. My spirit was bruised and something inside me felt very, very off balance. I was deeply insecure, something that made the opening line of the track, “You hide your skin like you’re shy or there’s something wrong” make me feel like Mac was explicitly calling me out, but in a way that made all my insecurities feel comically lighter and almost trivial. I was so fragile that other rap albums sent me into a spiralling panic attack in their often shallow, male gazey renditions of women. But this one didn’t. The Divine Feminine healed. The Empress is the healing energy that comes from harnessing our feminine autonomy for ourselves, a core aspect to this card that Mac weaves into each and every layer of this album.
I don’t specifically recall what led me to search for this album that winter, but it was almost certainly some form of divine intervention. Thank you, Mac.