Upright: Fertility, femininity, beauty, nature, abundance
Reversed: Creative block, dependence on others

The Empress is the archetypal Earth Mother, the Anima, the Feminine Principle, Demeter, Freyja and the Goddess of Fertility. Ruled by Venus, the planet of love, creativity, fertility, art, harmony, luxury, beauty and grace.
The main feature of this card is the Empress herself, a full-figured woman with blond hair and a peaceful and calm aura about her. On her head she wears a crown of stars, showing her connection with the mystical realm of angels and fairies. She is dressed in a patterned robe of pomegranates, symbolic of fertility and is seated upon a luxurious array of cushions and flowing red velvet with the symbol of Venus emblazoned upon it.
The Empress is surrounded by a beautiful, lush forest with a stream running through it, demonstrating the Empress’s deep emotional connection with Mother Earth and life. 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.

The Empress shows a deep connection with our femininity. Femininity translates in many ways – beauty, sensuality, fertility, creative expression, nurturing – and is necessary in 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 may also indicate pregnancy or birth. Look to other cards in the reading to confirm if this is an actual pregnancy or birth (for example, the Ace or Page of Cups or the Four of Wands) or if it is metaphorical (for example, the Ace of Wands). On a metaphorical level, the Empress may represent the birth of a new idea, a product, or a new way of being. New ideas and projects will be implemented resulting in the success of all your projects and interests. Bring forth those ideas that have been growing and developing inside of you.
The Empress encourages you to spend time in nature. Use your holiday time not to stay in fancy hotels in busy cities but to explore nature by pitching a tent or hiking through its beautiful terrain. Allow yourself the time and the space to enter into a different frame of mind in which you can truly connect with Mother Earth and receive her into your heart and mind. 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. The Empress highlights that you are grounded in the material plane (a stabilising influence), yet you can reach into higher planes of consciousness through your connection with nature. You have the potential to connect between the Earth and the Universe.
The Empress is a deeply nurturing and caring card. If you are a mother yourself, you may be exploring your ‘mother’ role even more deeply than you have before and truly appreciating the gift that has been bestowed upon you. You are blessed by maternal, protective forces or influences. For fathers, the Empress encourages you to nurture your children and open the lines of communication between you and your child. Encourage growth and development of your children, and be there to support and guide when needed.
More broadly, the Empress encourages you to connect with others by nurturing, caring and supporting those around you. Find ways to support dialogue and open communication, creating a space to openly express your feelings.
When we allow ourselves to truly experience the connections with Mother Earth, our femininity and those around us, we create abundance and radiance in our lives. Take a moment to reflect on the love that surrounds you and build on this energy to create even more abundant love in your life. Know that love is limitless. A wonderful affirmation associated with the Empress is, “I bring forth my creations with joy. I love and nurture them to fruition.”
Similarly, the Empress indicates that the Universal energy is about to intervene in your life. It may be just enough to give you a glimpse of a miracle or it may be even more. You may or may not know whom or what brings such good fortune but the care and nurturing that will result come as no accident. What appears to be coincidental good luck may actually be the result of a series of good choices you have made. It is your turn to have things work out in your favour, to be blessed and to feel nurtured. Know that you are worthy of receiving this loving embrace.

Reversed, the Empress suggests a loss of personal power through placing too much emphasis on another person’s emotional or material needs, thus neglecting your own. The reversed position of this card deals with indecisiveness concerning others and confusion about the direction a relationship may be taking. You may also be finding it difficult to work cooperatively with others. The reason for this lack of harmony is likely to be within you and therefore introspection is required.
In a relationship reading, the Empress reversed suggests that you are feeling very challenged because you do not have an avenue to express your true thoughts and feelings and you are obliged to bottle a lot of it up inside. Have you got a close friend in whom you can confide? You need to share your feelings with someone so that you can understand them and get in touch with your inner self. This card can also suggest a dependence on other people’s feelings, indicating that you may be playing a waiting game now to see how your partner reacts and what emotion he/she displays. It is best not to do this but instead work through your own emotions independently of him or her.
If you are struggling in a relationship, the first step for you is to take some time to yourself in order to restore your energy levels and your belief in yourself. Unfortunately, your past relationships have impacted how you see yourself and your ability to truly love and trust another person. As a result, you may be doubting your inner beauty and losing your inspiration for creating beautiful, loving relationships.
You may also be overprotective of someone you love and this is straining your relationship. Be mindful that you are not becoming a smothering, demanding mother. Are you ‘mothering’ your partner, friends, or family too much? Be careful not to overdraw on the characteristics of the upright Empress. You may need to follow the example of the High Priestess who listens to her inner psyche for the answers.
More generally, the Empress reversed indicates that you are feeling discontented because something is missing or lacking in your life, or because you want to find something creative, meaningful or fulfilling to do but you do not know what. This card can indicate a creative block. You may find your mood is depressed or negative. Work can feel laborious and mundane. This is not a time to think, act or do. You are already overloaded and mental pursuits will not give you what you need. Further attempts to follow your intellect or reasoning mind will only cause frustration or lead you astray.
The Empress reversed may also indicate issues with pregnancy, whether it is infertility or an unwanted pregnancy.



The Empress Tarot Card Key Meanings:
Pregnancy, fertility, motherhood, sensuality, nurturing, creativity, beauty, femininity, nature, harmony, art

General meaning and interpretation
The Empress Tarot is the Major Arcana card of femininity and motherhood. It is also one of the strongest pregnancy cards in the Tarot deck. If you are a mother, you will really come into your own and find fulfilment. If you are a father, The Empress encourages you to build on your communication with your children and show them your nurturing side. Even if you are not a parent, when The Empress appears the message is the same, you should embrace your softer side, allow yourself to explore the emotions you are feeling and listen to your intuition. People will be drawn to you, especially those in need of the empathy, compassion and nurturing you are able to provide.

The Empress is a strong pregnancy indicator and very good omen of success for those actively trying to get pregnant. On the flip side, if you are not intending to get pregnant and you are capable of getting pregnant, The Empress is a warning to be very careful and take proper precautions! If pregnancy is not a factor in your health concerns, The Empress is an indicator that you need to nurture yourself more and listen to your body’s signals. Watch your energy levels, take time out for yourself to relax and unwind.

Love & Relationships
The Empress Tarot in a love Tarot reading is a very positive card to get. If you are single, get ready to mingle because The Empress indicates that real love and romance is on the way. If you are in a relationship it is an indicator of a committed relationship becoming deeper and more loving and affectionate. The Empress is also an indicator of good sex. For those enjoying the romance The Empress card can bring you must also remember that the Empress is a strong pregnancy indicator so if you are not ready for parenthood, take proper precautions!

Money & Career
In a career context, when The Empress appears in a Tarot reading, you will be feeling very creative and will inspire the people around you with your passion. You will be full of new ideas. For those trying to decide on a career or thinking of changing career, it is usually an indicator that you would do well in a creative field such as the Arts. Financially speaking this is a good time for cash flow. It’s also a good time to follow your intuition in terms of investments. As you reap the benefits, remember to share your abundance of wealth with those in need.

When The Empress appears in a tarot reading in a spiritual context, it indicates that your intuition is telling you something and you need to slow down and take the time to listen to it. You instincts will be on point and it’s a good time to start or continue down a spiritual path as you will find it easy to connect to your higher power and everything will flow nicely for you. It indicates now is a good time to nurture your spiritual and creative gifts and connect with Mother Earth.
The Empress Reversed Tarot Card Key Meanings:
Insecurity, infertility, lack of confidence, lack of growth, overbearing tendencies, disharmony, negligence.

General meaning and interpretation
When The Empress reversed appears in a Tarot reading, it again tells you to embrace your feminine qualities. This applies to men too. We are all a mixture of masculine and feminine qualities. The Empress reversed indicates that you have been supressing or neglecting your feminine side and need to embrace it in order to bring your masculine and feminine energies into balance. You may be focusing too much on the material and mental aspects of life, rather than the emotional and spiritual when this Major Arcana card appears. The disharmony indicated by The Empress reversed can take many forms. You may be putting others needs before your own to your detriment. Or you may feel so emotionally overwhelmed that you are neglecting those that are important to you. You may also feel unattractive and undesirable and your confidence has taken a knock. You will need to shift the focus and ground yourself to correct this imbalance. It can be a signifier of empty-nest syndrome for the parents of grown up children. It can also be an indicator of mother issues affecting you depending on its placement in a Tarot spread.

Generally in health terms, The Empress tells you to take care of your health in a productive way as you deal with your emotions. It can indicate that emotional conflicts may be causing laziness, apathy, lethargy, or binge eating. You need to exercise and do activities that make you feel good about yourself. Your health will be all the better for it. The Empress reversed in a tarot reading can also indicate fertility/ pregnancy issues. That can be an unwanted pregnancy, a difficult pregnancy, miscarriage, termination or problems conceiving depending on the supporting cards.

Love & Relationships
In a love Tarot reading, if you are single, The Empress reversed can indicate that you will have many potential partners pursuing you but you may not necessarily be putting out to the world the person you really are. Don’t try to be someone you’re not, just to gain other people’s approval especially when it comes to romantic relationships. If you are in a relationship it can indicate that you are not expressing your true emotions and suppressing them to try and keep your relationship in balance. Maybe you fear rejection or a negative reaction if you are honest with your partner about how you feel. You need to take time to figure out why you are suppressing your emotions. Be mindful of becoming overbearing to those around you as you may have this tendency at the moment. It is simply a symptom of the insecurities you are feeling inside, so shift the focus back to yourself and it will stop. Trust your intuition and let it guide you back to the beautiful, confident and inspiring person you were born to be!

Money & Career
In a career context, The Empress reversed can indicate that you are finding your work unfulfilling or monotonous and long to do something where you feel creatively inspired. You may feel unappreciated in your work. Again this is not necessarily the case. It’s more to do with your insecurities. Now is not a time for kneejerk reactions or big decisions career wise, it is a time to stop and wait until you feel ready. Again take some time to get to the root of how you are feeling and resolve that. In terms of finances, you will have everything you need although you may not feel confident that there is an abundance of money. Trust that as long as you continue to make responsible choices you will be financially secure. Don’t squander your money.

The Empress reversed appears in a Tarot reading in a spiritual context, it indicates that you have disconnected from your intuition which is having a knock on effect in the other aspects of your life. You need to reconnect with spirit it is the missing link to help you out of your current slump. Look to spiritual females for inspiration and guidance on your spiritual path. Listen to the wisdom of the mother figures in your life.