The Empress Tarot (III)

Key Meanings

Creation. Nature. Abundance. Success.

The Empress Tarot—Original RWSThe Empress Tarot—Original RWS

Meaning of the Empress Tarot

The Empress is a card of growth, expansion, and fertility. When the Empress tarot appears, it could be indicating the birth of something new. Sometimes, quite literally, this might mean pregnancy, but often it’s the birth of a new idea, project, or a deepening of a relationship or business that’s already existing. 

It’s not a card of romance, but in a relationship (and other readings) reading it’s positive, and can indicate love, pleasure, and success. 

The Empress tarot is the card of femininity, fruitfulness, growth, and good harvest. It is the card of Mother Nature. It’s also a card of nurturing and caring: both for yourself and others.

It might be telling you to listen more to your intuition and feelings—to express them in some way.

The creation can also relate to art, writing, music, or any other creative endeavour. It’s a positive card for all creative artists.

However, reversed, the card might be indicating a creative block.

As with a literal birth—the process of creation can be hard and messy. But the Empress tarot is usually a positive card in a reading.

Luxury, elegance, and pleasure can also be indicated, and it might be suggesting the need to relax and enjoy yourself, to treat yourself well.

In a career reading, the Empress might be suggesting taking a more creative path in a project, or in finding a career or job that will allow you to express your creativity.

In a business reading, the Empress tarot might show the need to create something to prepare for this change—a new system, new products, or new ways of marketing.

The Empress (Jean Dodal)The Empress of the Marseille Tarot (Dodal)

Images, Symbols, and More

The Empress of the Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot sits surrounded by nature. A forest is behind her, and a river runs through it. In front of her is a field of corn, and she sits on a comfortable seat with the symbol of Venus on it. 

Astrologically, the Empress tarot relates to Libra.

In her hand she holds a sceptre, the symbol of her sovereignty. In some decks she holds an orb, which is likewise a symbol of her sovereignty. In the Marseille deck she holds a shield emblazoned with an eagle—the symbol of imperial power.

She wears a robe decorated with images of pomegranates—a symbol of fertility. The scene symbolizes the abundance of nature, and a good harvest.

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