The Empress Tarot Card Meaning – Upright and Reversed

Next in our series of Major Arcana tarot card meanings is The Empress. Keep reading to discover what it means when The Empress shows up in your reading.

III – The Empress

Ruler: Venus

The Empress tarot card represents the personification of Mother Earth. Her heart-shaped shield features the symbol of Venus. The Empress is the Goddess of love and fertility. The Empress is also known as Venus and Aphrodite.

III - The Empress - Major Arcana

The Empress Tarot Card Meaning

Empress Upright

The Empress upright represents fertility and bounty. Her power is that of creation – she creates life in all forms and ways.

As an archetype, the Empress represents a mother. Motherhood, pregnancy, nurturing and unconditional love are the characteristics this card brings with it.

The Empress also represents everything created in nature. She represents abundance, material wealth, creation and artistic expression.

The Empress can also represent the security and stability that comes from years of a blissful marriage.

When the Empress shows up in a spread it can indicate a person who is over protective. She can also indicate a person who is gentle and loving, elegant and gracious.

In a spread upright it can mean the birth of a child is on the way. It can also indicate that you need to be open to unconditional love.

For artistic types, the Empress can also represent a need to nurture and develop artistic expression.

The Empress is a card indicates a person who is maternal in nature as well as domestic stability. The Empress indicates achievement in goals and growth. Depending on the other cards around it can also indicate marriage. 

Empress Reversed

When she shows up reversed, the Empress may indicate trouble in paradise. It can also indicate that the problem in the home is arising from infertility and or finances.

The reversed Empress indicates a lack of affection either given or received and lack of achievement. It can indicate a creative block, problems in a relationship, an unwanted pregnancy or abortion, infertility, promiscuity or sterility.

The reversed Empress can indicate poverty and trouble with children. When the Empress shows up reversed it is time to think about what is causing problems in your home. 

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