Empress is a very regal-looking figure who radiates a sense of peaceful
self-confidence. She is wearing a crown of twelve stars, representing her
understanding of the twelve primary patterns and archetypes that make up the
forms of the world (the zodiac). Next to her is a heart-shaped shield embossed
with the symbol of Venus. This stands for the dynamics of relationship and the
realization of beauty. In front of her is a field of corn, showing fertility.
Behind her is a stream of water turning into a waterfall, indicating her
connection to the feeling nature. (In all the cards of the Tarot, women are
generally indicative of the presence of the emotional nature.) The Empress has a
band of myrtle leaves around her head, an ancient symbol pointing to her
conscious awareness of natural law and her victory over personal passions.
Myrtle is also traditionally connected to the planet Venus.
The querent is ready to help make her life work better through bringing
about cooperation in her environment. This card speaks about someone who is
endowed with the ability to listen and understand. The Empress
indicates that the querent has the ability to be a representative of beauty and
harmony, as well as the ability to create both.
this card comes up in a reading, rejoice! It can signify marriage, commitment to
union, or at the very least, good friendships. Obviously, if the querent is
questioning the cards about a set of circumstances involving his or her current
relationship, then this is a very good indication of support. If the person is
trying to create or enhance a business connection, then the card reflects that
the situation should work well for all parties concerned. The Empress usually
indicates that there is both financial abundance and emotional support available
in the present situation.
The Empress can reflect loss of personal power through placing too much
emphasis on another person's emotional or material-needs, thus neglecting one's
own. The reversed position of this card deals with indecisive- ness concerning
others and confusion about the direction a relationship may be taking. The
querent may also be finding it difficult to work cooperatively with others. The
reason for this lack of harmony is usually within the querent; introspection is
called for. Look to the other cards in the reading to ascertain the
psychological or social circumstances leading to this sense of alienation.
This is the part of us that allows us to experience a sense of union with our
environment and our activities. It is this facet of our personality that allows
us to feel empathy with others.
contained within the feminine life principle. This allows the subconscious mind
to draw on new information from its environment in order to structure new forms
and patterns for creative self-expression.
From the Pocket Guide to Tarot by Alan Oken