Discovering the Tarot Card Meanings

The Major Arcana – III – The Empress

Hi Tarot Tribe, it’s Ethony and welcome to my series exploring each of the Tarot Cards and their meanings. Today we are going to talk about The Empress. Before we dive in, as with everything I share, take what resonates with you and simply leave the rest. We may have different understandings of the Tarot Cards and that is one of the best things about the Tarot, it is open, personal and evolving.



The Empress is often depicted as being in a tranquil outdoor setting where all around her the weather is perfect, she is adorned with lush and vibrant cloth. There is a bounty of jewels, food and flowers around her. This is the archetype of the Mother, our own Mothers and Mother Earth. The Empress is the third card of the Major Arcana and is offered to us as a warm and nurturing presence.



  • femininity
  • beauty
  • nature
  • abundance
  • creativity
  • fertility
  • nature
  • the arts
  • ideas
  • maturity
  • Mother Earth
  • harvest
  • motherhood
  • nurturing
  • creation
  • bounty


  • dependence
  • blocked creativity
  • dissatisfaction
  • discontentment
  • materialism
  • selfishness
  • stagnation
  • suffocation
  • infertility
  • barren
  • wastefulness


Wrapped up in a natural setting, The Empress is the personification of fertile earth, the senses, and diffusing oneself into creative pursuits that envelope the essence of “being.” She is an individual full of feminine strength, sensuality, and a strong love for relationships. Being that she is the third card of the Major Arcana, her presence and placement suggest that The Empress puts a strong emphasis on groups. This is why she most often appears for those with a nurturing side, who may soon be becoming a parent or know someone who is currently with child.

Her main message, however, is self-expression. Artists of any sort will value her appearance, for they are about to feel a motivating, creative surge. However, to get that wealth of creativity, ideas, and compassion, you are asked to give to others some love. Furthermore, you need to connect not only to others but to the natural world and its rhythms.


Imagine a mother who retracts from the world, despite have others who depend on her love and warmth. The Empress reversed means showing no affection or care for her children, for the Earth, and for herself. She is wholly divested from all that should be of interest to an empowered, compassionate individual.

Should you draw The Empress reversed, you are most likely feeling anxious about taking on a new role, nervous about having a child or giving life to an endeavour. If things are not working out despite your efforts, it is time to let things go. The time for action is not now. Rather, you must try to resolve any disharmony or come to terms with something that has scarred you.


Sensuality and love are two facets of The Empress. For the person who draws her from the tarot deck, fortune is upon you. Relationships are peaceful and without unneeded drama. Love abounds. This is the time of your life when you need to get out and socialize. You may find that you are more confident in speaking to others and communicating your passions–and that is because you are connected to yourself and the world around you. In turn, true love will soon find its way to you.


In career and finances, The Empress foretells of incoming wealth and productivity. You are approaching a stage in your life where ideas blossom, so be prepared to reap the benefits. This is not solely at work, either. You will find that your investments, whether in finances or in time, are about to yield a miraculous amount of profit. Remember to tuck away some of that wealth for later, because after all periods of abundance comes an inevitable frost.

The Empress is a wonderful boon for whoever draws her. She smiles warmly, welcoming you to a season of abundance and prosperity. Whether it is in your personal life, at work, or in love, you are about to see very positive changes.



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