What an interesting intuitive experiment this was. This subject was tough to read and many of you did very well!

Those of you who picked up that this woman is royalty were spot on. The lady in the experiment was Empress Dowager Cixi of China.


Empress Dowager Cixi was one of the most powerful women in Chinese history. She ruled China from behind the curtains during the Qing Dynasty for 47 years, from 1861 to her death in 1908.

There is a very elaborate and complex history during her rule, and while I did not include the entire account here, lots of you picked up on the main points that continue to serve as the subject of debate amongst historians. Was she a compassionate soul, or was she a cold-blooded killer?

There is no one unifying account on what kind of person Empress Dowager Cixi was, that is why I chose her for this intuitive experiment. It is interesting to look beyond the historical accounts and read her energy, because energy doesn’t lie.

Some of you picked up that she was a geisha or prostitute – that is because when she was 16 years old, the future Empress Dowager Cixi was chosen to join the imperial harem amongst 60 others, where she became a concubine to the Emperor.

As destiny would have it, out of all the concubines, she gave birth to the only male, Tongzhi, who would become the future Emperor. Because of that, Cixi rose in rank. It didn’t hurt that her ability to read and write earned the Emperor’s trust, who relied on her judgment on state affairs.

After the Emperor died in 1861 at the age of 30, their son Tongzhi was named the Emperor at a mere 5 years old. Empress Dowager Cixi strategized to gain political power.

Along the way, she executed those who stood in her way, including regent ministers, party members and prominent officials. She squandered state money on opulent surroundings and jewels. Later on in her life, she even appropriated navy funds to restore her lavish summer palace instead of defending the country during the Sino-Japanese War, causing defeat.


Many of you picked up that Empress Dowager Cixi lost her son and that’s correct. Tongzhi was rumoured to have died from smallpox or syphilis. After his death, Empress Dowager Cixi blamed her son’s death on the wife, Jiashun Empress, and even ordered her food portions to be reduced. It is rumoured that Jiashun Empress was pregnant, but she died a few months later, unable to name any heirs. It is suggested that Empress Dowager Cixi drove her to commit suicide.

Empress Dowager Cixi then named her 3-year-old nephew to succeed the throne. Shortly after, the Emperor’s mother, Cixi’s sister, also died. Empress Dowager Cixi ruled from behind the curtains from her summer palace.

In 1898, she launched a coup against the Emperor’s reform and put him under house arrest. Two years later at the height of the Boxer Rebellion, Empress Dowager Cixi was pushed out of the capital. She fled Beijing dressed as a peasant, traveling in an ox cart. The Eight-Nation Alliance, which included European countries, the US and Japan, sent a conciliatory message to the Empress and she returned to the palace, accepting peace terms.

Empress Dowager Cixi died on November 15, 1908, only one day after the death of her nephew Emperor Guangxu. In 2008, a study by Chinese officials confirmed Emperor Guangxu was poisoned with arsenic. CNN reports that the level of arsenic was more than 2,000 times greater than normal.



Many of you described the woman in the photo as violent, manipulative, cold, evil, cruel, responsible for the deaths of many and someone not to be crossed. There are also many of you who saw her as a compassionate woman.

When I tune into her aura, I feel that there was a contradiction in her personality. I feel that she sees things and people as either “all good” or “all bad” and she responds accordingly in two very different ways.

She is very black and white, and comes from her damaged emotional side in her judgements about people.

She can be ruthless and violent, and she can also be generous and compassionate, but I do not feel that she is acting from her heart chakra in those moments.

I feel that she empathises with people who are in a victim role because of what she once suffered.

She is irrational and dangerous to be around because she behaves unconsciously and destructively.

Energetically Closed Off

Those of you who said she is closed off and guarded were on point.

The first thing I felt when I tuned into her (using a technique I teach in my Intuitive Awakening course), was her energy pushing mine away. In that lifetime, she did not want to be looked at; she kept people at an emotional distance. She does not trust and she is emotionally damaged.



Some people picked up that she had a lot of masculine energy. She was a woman in a man’s position. Because women were not allowed to participate in state affairs, Empress Dowager Cixi actually ruled literally from behind a screen, never in the open.

Murder, Royalty, Mother of a Nation

Many of you picked up on this.

Women’s Rights

Some of you mentioned that she was a leader of women’s rights. The just-published biography, Empress Dowager Cixi paints a very different picture of her, as someone who launched women’s liberation in China.

I hope you enjoyed the experiment and learned something from it.

If you had any questions or comments about your process or results, please leave a comment.

There are vast accounts of the life and rule Empress Dowager Cixi, and it was not possible to include every detail in here. If you’d like to research more, here are some links:

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