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Tarot Card Meanings:
The Empress

The Empress: Overview and Symbols

The Empress is the third card in the Major Arcana. It embodies abundance, creativity, nurturing, and feminine energy. She represents a time of growth, fertility (not just physical), and connection with nature. The Empress in Rider-Waite tarot sits regally amidst nature, symbolizing her connection to the fertile bounty of the earth.

Some Specific Symbols and Their Meanings in the Rider Waite Smith Tarot:

  • Lush vegetation: Represents abundance, growth, and the Empress’ nurturing nature.
  • Wheat field: Signifies fertility, harvest, and the potential for future prosperity.
  • Waterfall: Represents emotions, intuition, and the flow of creativity.
  • Jewelry and comfortable clothing: Blend luxury with practicality, suggesting she values both beauty and comfort.
  • Dove on her shoulder: Represents peace, love, and the divine feminine.
  • Heart-shaped shield with Venus symbol: Reinforces her connection to love, beauty, and sensuality.
the empress from the rider waite smith tarot
The Empress as depicted in the Rider-Waite Smith Tarot by A.E. White, illustrated by Pamela Colman Smith

The Empress: Card Meanings

Keywords/Phrases: Abundance, creativity, nurturing, femininity, growth, fertility, nature, beauty, sensuality, self-expression

The Empress embodies the fertile ground of potential, overflowing with creativity and abundance. She encourages nurturing energy, both towards oneself and others. This is a time to connect with your sensuality and express yourself authentically. Growth, both personal and in endeavors, is on the horizon.

The Empress: Reversed Card Meanings

Keywords/Phrases: Stagnation, smothering, lack of creativity, self-neglect, inauthenticity, dependence

The reversed Empress signifies a blockage in creative flow and a disconnect from your nurturing energy. You might be neglecting your own needs or smothering others with attention. Stagnation sets in when you fail to express yourself authentically or rely too heavily on external validation.

Gallery: The Empress in Various Decks

A photo of the Empress card by Casimir
The Empress by Casimir Lee