The Empress card is the mother archetype of the tarot deck and the number three of the Major Arcana cards. This tarot card is associated with strong maternal influence, and the presence of the Empress is great news if you are looking for harmony in your marriage or hoping to start a family. She symbolizes femininity, nurturing, fertility and calls on you to connect with your feminine side. Here you find a detailed tarot card meaning of the Empress including keywords, upright and reversed card meanings.
Empress Key Words
- Upright: femininity, nurturing, fertility, nature, beauty, abundance
- Reversed: dependence, smothering, emptiness, creative blocks
Empress Tarot Card Description
The Empress tarot card shows a beautiful woman sitting on a throne with an aura of peace and tranquility around her. On her head, she wears a crown with twelve stars. These stars indicate her divine connection with the mystical realm and the cycles of the natural world (twelve months and twelve planets). Her pomegranate-patterned robe represents fertility, and she sits on cushions embroidered with a Venus sign, symbolic for love, harmony, creativity, beauty, and grace.
The beautiful and abundant nature that surrounds her, indicates the connection of the Empress with Mother Earth and life itself. The golden wheat springs depicted in the foreground reflect abundance from a recent harvest. They tell us that the Empress brings abundance and blessings in the readings of those she meets.
Upright Empress Tarot Card Meaning
The upright Empress card in a tarot reading calls on you to connect with your feminine side. This can be translated in many ways – think of creativity, elegance, sensuality, fertility and nurturing. She tells you to be kind to yourself and search for beauty and happiness in your life. Dancing, singing, cooking, giving love, and waiting to receive love are all ways to connect with yourself. These things allow you to experience pleasure and deep satisfaction.
The Empress tells you to be kind to yourself and search for beauty and happiness in your life.
The Empress often brings strong bursts of creative or artistic energy. This creative energy may not only be in the form of a painting or art project, but also in other forms of expressing yourself creatively, like music or drama. When the Empress shows up in your reading, it can mean that this is the perfect time to take up a new hobby that enables you to access this part of yourself.
It is also likely that you have a strong desire to nurture and take care of others with love and compassion. You may even step into the role of ‘mother’, as the Empress is a strong indication of pregnancy or birth. This can be an actual pregnancy or childbirth, but also a metaphorical ‘birth’ of a new idea, business or project. The Empress assures you that if you nurture and support those new ideas with compassion and love, they will manifest successfully.
Reversed Empress Tarot Card Meaning
The Empress reversed again tells you to connect with your feminine qualities. This Major Arcana card indicates that you have been suppressing or ignoring your feminine side and that you need to embrace it in order to bring your masculine and feminine energies into balance again. The imbalance can take many forms. It might be that you have focussed too much on the material and mental matters of life, instead of the emotional and spiritual. Or that you’ve placed too much emphasis on the emotional or material needs of others. As a result, you neglected your own needs and you may have lost your own willpower and strength or feel empty inside.
The Empress reversed indicates that you have been suppressing or ignoring your feminine side.
While the Empress’ nature is to take care of others with love and care, this can sometimes go overboard. You have let maternal energy consume you and have become everyone’s mother. This just isn’t healthy for you and your relationships to grow. Therefore, the Empress reversed advises you to shift the focus and ground yourself to correct this imbalance. Don’t sacrifice yourself so much and make self-love and self-care a priority. You also need to rest and receive love.
The reversed Empress tells you to not sacrifice yourself so much and to make self-love and self-care a priority.
If you’re a parent, the reversed Empress tarot card is also an indication that you take the ‘mothering’ role too far. You might be overprotective or controlling or give your children everything they want. This, however, is not an appropriate way to show them love. Try to create a mature relationship with your kids and teach them the value of work and effort. Explain to them that their actions have consequences and that mistakes are an essential part of learning.
The Empress reversed is also a sign of a creative block, especially in ‘birthing’ a new idea or expressing yourself creatively. You might be worried about what others will think of your work or whether it’s going to be a success. The Empress reversed tells you to let go of these insecure and negative thoughts. Just trust yourself and allow your creativity to flow.
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