3 – Empress Tarot Card Meaning

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This post covers the Empress Tarot Card Meaning in the traditional tarot deck. Featured card is from the Tarot of Pagan Cats deck.

Planet: Venus

Astrology: Libra

Element: Earth – sensation, materiality, strength, growth, reliability, practicality, accumulation, dependability, caution, sensuousness, stubbornness, possessiveness, productivity

Hermetic Kabbalah Element: 14 – Daleth

Empress Tarot Card meaning

Themes:

  • Feminine power, queen of queens, rules with emotion and passion.
  • Creativity, sex, fertility, abundance, prosperity.
  • Become who you are.
  • Promise of growth.
  • Life force (chi)
  • Cycle of fertility, harvest and enjoyment.

Empress Tarot Card Meaning In a reading:

  • Create, create, create, don’t wait!
  • Amplify creative energy and be shameless about it. Don’t be afraid to share your gifts with the world.
  • Go out into nature, pay attention to natural cycles.
  • The querent should question their self love and self care processes.
  • Enjoy life, take the time to make something or do something nourishing, delicious or satisfying.
  • Fertility: this is a good time to conceive of a project. The seeds that were planted will reap a beneficial harvest. The harvest may be larger than anticipated.
  • The end and completion of hard work and sacrifice with rewards for efforts.

Symbolism in the card:

  • The Empress’ throne is a lush couch in nature. She is leaning back and she is drawing energy to her. She IS the magnet.
  • She often appears pregnant and has a crown of 12 stars.
  • Symbol of Venus – the energy of desire. Love, beauty and pleasure. Venus is the sister to the moon (The High Priestess)
  • Wheat – harvest, reward, fruits of labor
  • This card represents the cycles of seasons, cycles of harvest, cycles of giving, cycles of rest etc.
  • The Empress is the integration of all cards before her – ego, intuition, personal power and surrender all wrapped up into one.
  • Big cats, sea mammals, cow and bull are often associated with her.
  • This card resonates with three of cups and 9 of pentacles.

High Expression:

  • She is the integration of all cards before her – ego, intuition, personal power and surrender all wrapped up into one.
  • The force that brings things together, she entices and draws energy to her. She is magnetic.
  • The Empress is shameless – shame doesn’t exist in her world.
  • Positive Mother archetype and self parenting.
  • She prioritizes self-care and is comfortable taking up space.

Shadow side:

  • Feeling disempowered.
  • Giving to the point of feeling bitter.
  • Neglecting self-care. Meeting everyone else’s needs before taking care of themselves.
  • Possible Mother issues.
  • There may be a need to heal one’s relationship with sexuality and femininity.

Magical Uses

  • Creation – The Empress is good for manifestation work or anything that requires creation.
  • A great time to invite love, self love or creative processes into life.

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The Empress Card from the Pagan Cats Tarot by Lo Scarabeo (2011) (Paid link)

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