The Empress

The Empress

The Empress Tarot card is the third card of the Major Arcana. A beautiful card to receive in a spread, it is the card of feminine Libra. The quintessential Earth Mother, The Empress is the nurturer. An important card for women as it can imply pregnancy or suggest that you will be treated like an Empress in your love life.


The Empress Tarot represents abundance, beauty, and, femininity. It brings security, success, domestic harmony, and, comfort (both physical and emotional) and understanding.


In the Rider Waite deck, The Empress Tarot shows a beautiful, full-figured woman with a calm face and flowing blond hair, seated in a lush forest with a stream running through it. The surroundings signify her connection with Mother Earth and life itself. She wears a crown with 12 stars, which are symbols of astrology and a necklace of 9 pearls, symbolising the 9 planets. One of the cushions which are supporting her has the sign of Venus, the Goddess of Love. Golden Wheat, which is springing from the ground before her, represents abundance and plenty and is a sign of fertility. The pomegranates on her robe are another sign of fertility.


When this card appears in a reading, it tells you to connect with your feminine energy (whether you are male or female), to create beauty and balance in your life. There are abundance, passion and flow in life, and, you need to take a moment to reflect upon this.
Indicating actual pregnancy to ‘birth’ of a new idea/project, The Empress suggests that now is the time to bring your creative ideas to the forefront, nurture them, and, support their growth with patience and love. It also indicates that you can make things work smoothly for others provided they listen and understand.

The Empress Tarot card meaning changes when the card comes reversed. It can then indicate that there is disharmony due to unnecessary interference. It can also indicate impotence, infertility and loss of power.

In a Business Reading

Where career is concerned, The Empress encourages you to improve your sense of self-worth and value your abilities. Teamwork is called for at this time as creative partnerships could prove to be advantageous.
Working from the security of your home and having a more creative career is also on the cards for you. Just have some patience at this stage. The card is indicative of good fortune and financial security, with wise management of money.

In Relationships

The Empress describes a woman who will not be casual in her relationship and will seek a mate based on respect, trust, deep affection, and, give and take. A beautiful card to come up in a love reading, The Empress shows that the woman will be treated with a lot of love and care, and, the man will have a very satisfying love life. The couple will find new creative ways to keep the love ‘fresh’. The Empress is indicative of a pregnancy when cards like the Pages, 3 of Cups and 9 of Pentacles accompany it in the spread.

When The Empress comes up in new love, this is a great time for you to pour your energy into new creative projects as that could lead you to meet your soul mate.

In Health

In a health reading when The Empress comes up, you could face problems with weight gain or face eating disorders. Psychological issues may make you feel an inner discontent and you may resort to being a shopaholic or concentrate on your looks. An unexpected pregnancy may take you by surprise.

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