The Tarot Card Meanings of the Empress Tarot Card

Following the High Priestess comes the Empress. Her appointed number is three, which represents completion, procreation, fertility and union. Because the High Priestess represents two opposing forces, the Empress follows with the introduction of a new, unifying principle. She is the card of creation. Therefore, the Empress is associated with childbirth, creativity, new energy and productivity. The Empress is the mother of all things and personifies the creative power associated with the natural world. She is the mother earth using its energy to drive her feminine wisdom across the universe.

In a Tarot card reading, the Empress rules the physical world and that which is tangible. Often, we find an eagle by her side which symbolically represents the bridge between heaven and earth. Unlike the Magician, her power is passive and feminine. She depicts the realm of emotion, not the realm of thought. Her association to the heavens is based on the principle that hard work and creativity can lead to a spiritual awakening.

In the everyday world, The Empress represents feeling. She is fair and sympathetic and bases her decisions on her moral value system. She is dedicated to the family and concerns herself with the good of her community. The Empress is a natural diplomat and understands the difficulties people are confronted with. Therefore, she is there to console and offer her wisdom.

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One of the negative Tarot card meanings associated with the Empress can be her over protectiveness and maternal domination. She can hinder the development of the soul’s journey by over indulging in her role as the good mother. Should this be applied to males in a Tarot reading, the Empress can forewarn of a man overly attached to his mother. He may be unable to have a healthy and committed relationship, because he may too often, whether it be consciously or subconsciously, compare his partner’s qualities to those of his mother’s.

Upright Empress Tarot Card Meanings In A Tarot Reading

In a Tarot reading, the upright Empress card signifies good fortune. The Empress is indicative of all things creative, so you can count on your own creative endeavors being successful. Your hard work will pay off both spiritually and materially. You will be able to anticipate spiritual and material abundance through the efforts of your labor. The Empress also indicates a birth or marriage and can represent a satisfying sexual relationship. She encourages you to tap into your feminine power. Know that much can be achieved through nurturing and generosity. If you find yourself surrounded by difficult people, the best approach is diplomacy. If there are issues related to health, the Empress represents healing.

The Empress also represents beauty. She enjoys surrounding herself with luxury. The Empress Tarot Card can indicate the purchase of new things. This is particularly true of items that make her home more comfortable and aesthetically pleasing.

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• Motherhood

• Fertility

• Beauty

• Prosperity

• Abundance

• Nurturance

• Diplomacy

Reversed Empress Tarot Card Meanings In A Tarot Reading

The Empress card reversed in a Tarot reading can indicate a creative block. You may find your mood depressed and negative. Work can feel laborious and mundane. Financial matters can be tested, and you may find that you are struggling to make ends meet. There may be an overall lack of abundance. Spiritually, the Empress reversed can indicate that you are being too greedy with your emotions or you may be holding on to your money too tightly. The Empress warns you to be generous to those you love. In a Tarot reading, the Empress reversed may also indicate issues with pregnancy. Be cautious of an unwanted pregnancy, and practice safe sex. You may also be overprotective of someone you love, which is straining your relationship.

• Creative blocks

• Unwanted pregnancy

• Financial troubles

• Greed

• Holding on too tightly to one’s feelings

• Depression

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by Carolyn Naiman