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The Empress

Upright Meaning Guide

The Empress Tarot Card Key Meanings:

General meaning and interpretation (Upright)

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.


Love & Relationships (Upright)

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 (Upright)

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.   

Health (Upright)

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.

Spirituality (Upright)

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.  


Reversed Meaning Guide

The Empress Reversed Tarot Card Key Meanings:

Insecurity, infertility, lack of confidence, lack of growth, overbearing tendencies, disharmony, negligence, 

General meaning and interpretation (Reversed)

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 suppressing 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.

Love & Relationships (Reversed)

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 (Reversed)

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 knee-jerk 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.

Health (Reversed)

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.

Spirituality (Reversed)

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.    


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