The Empress

In this article, you will learn everything you need to know about The Empress Tarot Archetype.

The Empress Tarot Card Meaning

Part of the tarot archetypes, The Empress is the third trump card in most traditional Tarot decks.

Checkout this detailed breakdown of the meaning of The Empress tarot card.

Upright Meanings

The Empress Tarot card, one of the strongest pregnancy cards in the deck, represents femininity and motherhood.

Those already mothers will find fulfillment. Fathers are encouraged to work their nurturing side and on communicating with their children.

For those who are not yet parents, the Empress encourages them to embrace their softer and emotional sides, listening to their intuition.

Others will be drawn to them when they need nurturing, compassion and empathy if they can do this.

The Empress means that the recipient needs to listen to their intuition.

It is a good time to begin a spiritual journey as it will be easier to make spiritual connections, nurturing spiritual aptitudes.

​The Empress is a positive card in relation to love. For those who are single it indicates love is close. For those in relationships it indicates deeper commitment, affection and love are on the horizon.

It also indicates good sex, though be cautious as it also strongly represents pregnancy!

​Those receiving the card are feeling very creative and will provide others with inspiration and new ideas.

If the recipient is considering a career or career change they should strongly consider something creative. Financially the card indicates good times financially and it would be wise to follow one’s intuition with regards to investments.

However, when benefits are reaped it is important to share these with those in need.

​The Empress indicates a high chance of success for those trying to have a baby.

It also indicates a need to listen to the body’s signs and take good care of oneself, ensuring you get plenty of rest and relaxation.

Reversed Meanings

The Empress reversed means that both men and women should embrace their feminine qualities, as both embody a mixture of both the masculine and feminine.

The card indicates that the feminine side has been neglected or suppressed, putting the masculine and feminine out of balance.

Greater focus is needed on the emotional and spiritual rather than mental and material things of life to bring back harmony.

The Empress reversed indicates disharmony in various forms. The individual may be putting the needs of others rather than themselves first due to feeling emotionally overwhelmed, unattractive, undesirable and/or lacking confidence.

For parents with older children they may be demonstrating empty-nest syndrome or other maternal issues may be present in older people. It is important that the focus is shifted to correct the imbalance.

​For single people the card may mean they have many potential partners but are not projecting who they really are to the world. Those in a relationship may be suppressing their true feelings in an effort to maintain their relationship, perhaps due to a fear or rejection.

Such insecurity can cause the individual to become overbearing.

Rebalancing the focus by trusting one’s intuition will prevent these issues from causing problems.

The card can also indicate a lack of fulfillment or creative inspiration in one’s career.

The recipient may feel unappreciated at work, though this is likely more down to their own internal insecurities than reality. The individual needs to assess and resolve their true feelings before making big career decisions to ensure they are doing the right thing.

Financially the individual may also lack confidence despite being comfortable if they make reasonable decisions.

The Empress reversed warns that emotional difficulties may be causing traits such as laziness, lethargy, or binge eating.

Counteracting these with exercise and healthy eating will improve one’s confidence and health. It can also indicate problems with fertility and pregnancy.

The Empress Keywords

  • Pregnancy
  • Fertility
  • Motherhood
  • Sensuality
  • Nurturing
  • Creativity
  • Beauty
  • Femininity
  • Nature
  • Harmony
  • Art
  • Insecurity
  • Infertility
  • Lack of confidence
  • Lack of growth
  • Overbearing tendencies
  • Disharmony
  • Negligence

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