The Empress | Tarot Card Meanings & Interpretations
The card of Venus and the divine feminine. The Empress represents femininity and motherhood in all her splendor. A creative and grounded lady for some, but a caring and nurturing role model for others. Symbolizing beauty, abundance, and healing, the Empress brings the fruition of harvest and abundance.
Upright: Fertility/pregnancy, a mother figure, a creation of a new project, the divine feminine, nature, nurturing, and abundance.
Reversed: Creative blocks, being dependent on those around you, lack of the divine feminine.
Astrology: Venus (planet), Taurus (zodiac sign), Earth (element).
Timings: When creative projects are complete, or very soon. 21st April to 20th May and 21st September to 20th October.
YES/NO: Yes if upright, No if reversed.
Venus Symbol: Symbolizes the Green Goddess of love, sexuality, and beauty, Aphrodite.
Heart Shapes Shield: The heart symbolizes love and romance. The shield offers protection.
Crown with Twelve Stars: Symbolizes authority and rulership, as well as the joining of heaven and earth.
Sceptre in Right Hand: A symbol of authority and masculine power.
White Robe: Symbolizes purity, honesty, and healing, as well as connection to the crown chakra.
Red Cushion: Indicates passion, sensuality, and love.
Field of Wheat: Symbolizes abundance and growth.
Waterfall: Symbolizes nourishment, cleansing, purity, and flow.
Trees: The trees symbolize the Empress' connection with nature and mother Gaia.
THE EMPRESS MEANINGS
A creative project to which you can devote yourself will come along. You will feel connected with your feminine side, and produce something which you care for. The Empress also symbolizes mother figures and is an excellent card for fertility and nurturing abundance.
REVERSE: The Empress can indicate a lack of internal self-care for yourself. The Empress can also mean that there is a lack of nurturing energy for the divine feminine side of things, as well as a diminished connection to children and animals.
LOVE & RELATIONSHIPS
The Empress can suggest pregnancy within relationships or the desire for motherhood. If clarified with a Page, or an Ace, this is an excellent sign for the fertility of children and new beginnings and opportunities. The Empress can also indicate creative and nurturing relationships where both partners contribute towards an ideal goal. There is a healthy balance of security and comfort within a relationship, and a strong sense of stability and commitment.
REVERSE: The Empress can suggest a relationship in which there is a lack of nurturing or divine feminine energy. The Empress can also indicate a relationship where a person is too smothered or controlled by another figure. It is time to make self-love and self-care a priority and focus on your own material and emotional needs. You may be neglecting your own and are too focused on another's needs.
CAREER, JOB & BUSINESS
Creative endeavors will be presented with great rewards of abundance and material wealth. Projects you can commit to, and be respected for.
REVERSE: The Empress can represent you being in a job or career that doesn't allow you to express your creative side. You may feel as though you are making little progress. You may also feel insecure in your job and unconfident in what you are doing.
The Empress represents an abundance of wealth and material comfort in the financial department. The Empress can portray a generous or giving nature and be able to share out material wealth.
REVERSE: The Empress can have a lack of financial abundance or feel insecure about finances. There is a possibility that you could be stable, but still lack financial comfort and reassurance. This can also indicate a lack of confidence in finance.
The Empress can suggest fertility or pregnancy for those looking to bear children. The Empress can also indicate self-care and nurturing of oneself. You may need to be more creative and expressive to nurture your emotional and spiritual health back to balance.
REVERSE: The Empress can indicate fertility, pregnancy, or hormonal issues which would need professional medical advice. Sometimes the Empress can indicate lethargy or comfort activities to the detriment of your health.
PERSONALITY & ARCHETYPES
As an individual, the Empress portrays a healthy and caring divine feminine energy, who is respected and nurturing. This individual is full of a giving nature and has strong boundaries. The individual is connected with their emotions and is connected strongly with children, animals, and nature.
REVERSE: The Empress can represent an individual who has lost their strength and willpower. This individual may be lacking the self-care they need to heal themselves and may be too preoccupied with other people's affairs.
POSITIVES & ADVANTAGES
A beautiful card for abundance, respect, peace, and fertility. The Empress holds the purity of a person's spirit and the aesthetics of beauty. The Empress is also a significant card of healing and maturity.
NEGATIVES & DISADVANTAGES
The Empress can signify a lack of self-care and respect, creating vulnerability in an individual. She can also signify blocked creativity and femininity, being unable to express herself due to suppressing her emotions. She can signify infertility and parenting issues, such as being unloved or unnurtured.
The Empress is often interpreted as the sister of The High Priestess.