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Empress Tarot Card Meanings

Empress Tarot Card Meanings Keywords

Upright: Femininity, beauty, nature, nurturing, abundance

Reversed: Creative block, dependence on others

Empress Tarot Card Meanings and Description

The Empress is a beautiful, full-figured woman with blond hair and a peaceful and calm aura about her. On her head she wears a crown of twelve stars, showing her connection with the mystical realm and the cycles of the natural world (the 12 months of the year and the 12 planets). She wears a patterned robe of pomegranates, symbolic of fertility, and is seated upon a luxurious array of cushions and flowing red velvet. One of the cushions features the symbol of Venus, the planet of love, creativity, fertility, beauty and grace, and captures the essence of the Empress.

The Empress is surrounded by a beautiful, lush forest with a stream running through it, signifying her connection with Mother Earth and life itself. She draws her sense of peace from the trees and the water and is rejuvenated by the energy of nature. In the foreground, golden wheat springs from the ground, reflecting abundance from a recent harvest.

NOTE: The Tarot card meaning description is based on the Rider Waite cards.

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Upright Empress Tarot Card Meanings

The Empress represents a deep connection with our femininity. Femininity translates in many ways—beauty, sensuality, fertility, creative expression, nurturing—and is necessary for creating balance in both men and women. The Empress calls on you to connect with your feminine energy. Create beauty in your life. Get in touch with your sensuality through taste, touch, sound, smell and sight. Draw on these senses to experience pleasure and deep fulfilment. Treat yourself to a day spa, learn massage, enjoy a fine dining experience or simply spend more time with your partner. Discover new ways to creatively express yourself, be it through painting, music, drama or other art forms. This may be the perfect time to take up a new hobby that enables you to access this part of yourself.

The Empress signifies abundance in all its forms. You are surrounded by life’s pleasures and luxuries and have everything you need to live a comfortable lifestyle. You are in a period of growth, where everything you have dreamed of is now coming to fruition. When the Empress appears in your Tarot readings, take a moment to reflect on the abundance that surrounds you and offer gratitude for all that you have created so that you can continue build on this energy and create even more abundance in your life.

As the Mother Earth archetype, the Empress encourages you to spend time in nature to ground your energy and be in flow with the earth. Take a trip to your favourite natural setting, be it a forest, beach, mountain or lake, and simply sit for a couple of minutes, hours or even days to breathe in the energy that surrounds you while marvelling in the beauty of the earth. Allow yourself the time and the space to enter into a different frame of mind and receive the grounding energy of Mother Earth into your heart and mind. When you do this, you can reach higher planes of consciousness.

When you are in tune with the energy of the Empress, you will naturally take on her mothering nature. You feel a strong desire to nurture and care for others, from a place of loving compassion and support. You see it as a gift and an honour to care for others, and in doing so, you too receive benefit. In a more literal sense, you may be stepping into the role of ‘mother’, perhaps as the mother of a newborn, caretaker of other people’s children, or spending more quality time with your kids.

The Empress may also indicate pregnancy or birth. This may be an actual pregnancy or birth, or a metaphorical ‘birth’ of a new idea or project. Now is the time to bring your creative ideas into being, by nurturing them and supporting their growth. Allow the ideas and their manifestation to flow through you, from a place of compassion and love.

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Reversed Empress Tarot Card Meanings

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Reversed, the Empress encourages you to make self-love and self-care a priority. Now is the time to bring your loving energy and focus to yourself, especially if you have been giving away your personal power by placing too much emphasis on another person’s emotional or material needs, thus neglecting your own. Book a girls’ weekend away, go for a walk on your own, or start a creative project that’s just for you. It is essential that you fill your cup and take care of yourself, so that you can then take care of others without resentment.

You may also be craving a stronger connection with nature and the Mother Earth. This is the perfect time to spend even just a few hours in a natural setting such as a beach, forest or garden. Breathe in the radiant energy as you're surrounded by nature's beauty and take time to notice the little things – an ant racing along on the ground, new leaves forming on the trees, or the rich colours of the flowers and plants.

The Empress reversed can suggest that you are feeling a creative block, especially when it comes to ‘birthing’ a new idea or expressing yourself creatively. You may be worried about whether it will be a success or if you your creative work is appealing to others. For now, don’t worry about what others think. The important thing is that you are allowing your creative energy to flow, even if it means keeping your newest creations private to you only (and even if they look like a three-year old created them!).

The reversed Empress may be calling your attention to issues around body image. Are you your biggest critic when it comes to how you look and the shape of your body? Learn to love your body again and give thanks for all the beautiful lumps and bumps. Rediscover your beauty, inside and out.

In your relationships, you may be taking the ‘mothering’ role too far, becoming overprotective, co-dependent and controlling. If this resonates, it is time to shift the focus from the mother-child relationship, to an adult-to-adult relationship, by creating independence, trust and loving compassion.

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