The Empress Tarot Card Meanings

Pamela Coleman Smith, 1909.

The Empress Keywords: Creativity, Mothering, Abundance

The Empress Tarot Card Description

The imagery of The Empress depicts the fruitful cornucopia of Mother Earth. She’s overflowing with creative energy. Her surroundings depict luxury and abundance. She’s seated on plush and comfortable cushions, quite unlike the other seated figures in the deck. We see a heart-shaped shield by her side emblazoned with the symbol of Venus. We see wheat growing at her feet and a lush green forest, with a river running through it, in the background. The landscape is bursting with life and energy. The unity of Key I and Key II has created substance, or come to fruition, in Key III.

The Empress wears a myrtle wreath beneath a crown of twelve stars, which are thought to represent the twelve signs of the zodiac. Myrtle is a plant sacred to Venus and myrtle wreaths were commonly used in the ancient world. Some also believe that this is a laurel wreath. Her dress is adorned with pomegranates, representing fertility and wisdom. In her hand she carries a sceptre mounted by a globe, symbolic of her dominion over the natural world.

What The Empress Means In A Tarot Reading

The Empress is a card of fruition. Her appearance in a reading denotes fertility and abundance in your life. The Empress is in tune with the natural world around her and works in harmony with it. The number three indicates that you’ve reached the first stage of completion in a creative project. You’re feeling relaxed and comfortable with your progress and are feeling a sense of accomplishment as you enjoy the abundance you have created in your life. There is still more to do, however. It’s a card bursting with creative force and this is a great time for you to harness your own creative energy and continue with creative projects to bring them to the next level of completion.

The Empress Love and Relationships Tarot Meaning

Your relationship will likely be successful at this time and there is a strong possibility of marriage or other commitment. The Empress is a card of maternity and may reflect you in your loving, maternal role in a relationship.

The Empress Career Tarot Meaning

The project you’re working on will be successful. You will be creative and follow things through to completion. There is likely to be material success.

The Empress Correspondences & Attributions


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