The Empress Tarot Card Meanings & Combinations
III The Empress Correspondences:
Keywords & Phrases:
Motherhood. Fertility. Fruitfulness. Nurturing something to fruition. Potential fulfilled.
Empress Tarot Card Meanings
The Empress Tarot card represents the female archetype, the power of the divine feminine and the source from which life springs. Motherhood or mothering, in all its guises, is usually found with this card, and it may represent a mother or mother figure in your life. This is an excellent card with regard to fertility matters and can represent pregnancy or birth.
The Empress in the Gilded Tarot nurses the sign of Venus and stands encircled by the twelve signs of the zodiac to which she can produce the physical form. (This card is often found set in the lush abundance of Mother Earth.) Aligned to the planet Venus, love relationships can be strengthened, indicating a strong and supportive relationship, or happy marriage.
The essence of the mother is, for me, the strongest association I find with this card. In work or creative matters it tends to show the metaphorical side of ‘mothering;’ something that requires constant nurturing in order to achieve it’s full potential, but with the right combinations it promises abundant rewards and fruitful conclusion.
In relation to self it can show the need for self-care, some pampering and ‘nice-to-me’ time, nourishing the soul and body, healthy eating, beautiful surroundings, The Arts, etc. When connected to a male (King) I’ve found it can sometimes show a strong mothering tendency, but can also indicate a mother influence in their life – as always, read in context with the nature of the reading, position, etc., a lone parent, for instance, would require these qualities. Usually, it suggests using the nurturing concept of the card.
Wherever this card appears indicates a good deal of care and attention in order to bring around the results found in the card following. In most of the combinations I use The Empress completes the group or pairing, so you’ll find these listed with the relevant cards.
If reversed, it may suggest fertility or reproduction problems, difficulty with mother figures, the repressed feminine, or accomplishments are delayed.
Similar and supporting cards: Seven of Pentacles (gathering in your harvest) Ten of Pentacles (home and family). Strengthens indications when appearing with other marriage cards.
Opposing or contradictory cards: The Emperor is the male yang to The Empress female yin, where the opposite forces of duality complement one another. Four of Pentacles (withholding) The Devil (creates blocks)
The Empress Tarot Card Combinations:
When The Empress precedes another card try adding, “nurturing” before the interpretation of the following card as you start to explore possible meanings. When The Empress completes a grouping it tends to indicate the abundance and satisfaction of a successful harvest (metaphorically speaking).
The Empress >Ace of Wands >Ace of Cups: Pregnancy with these three alongside in any combination, but most notably Ace of Wands >The Empress for pregnancy, Ace of Cups > The Empress: birth (in either order of combination) may also be joined by Page of Cups.
> any Page: Mother and child (see Pages for child description)..
> The Emperor: (Venus and Mars) Parents; sometimes a strong influential couple.
> The Lovers: There may be a constant need to ‘mother’ this relationship; the partner may require continuous attention to bring it about.
> The Devil: Careful with this one! A number of possible indications (depending upon situation): creative expression is blocked - or difficulty conceiving - or it might suggest domestic abuse. In the case of the latter, The Devil could just as easily represent stifling; The Devil isn’t usually healthy, one way or another.
> The World: Great success but achieved through consistent nurturing of all aspects leading to the conclusion.
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