The Empress Tarot Card Meaning (Card 3)

Tarot, like astrology, has long been one of our favorite divination systems. Interpreting either takes practice. As you learn, we wanted to help you to quickly connect to the cards and use them in ways that are actionable and practical in every area of life. xoxo, Tali & Ophira

Co-authored by James Kerti

What does The Empress tarot card mean?

The Empress tarot card is the archetypal symbol for divine feminine energy and motherhood. Its meanings in this regard can be literal or metaphorical; it’s important to consider both interpretations in your reading.

This major arcana card is a strong indicator of pregnancy, although it could refer to a metaphorical birth, such as a new project, creative venture, or idea.

The Empress tarot card:

  • guides you to take on a nurturing role for a person or project
  • reminds you to embrace your creativity or connect with the natural word
  • advises you to nourish yourself and fill up your own cup

What is The Empress zodiac sign?

The zodiac sign of The Empress is Taurus

The Empress Tarot Guide

Keywords for The Empress: Divine femininity, fertility, creativity, art, nature

Yes or No: Yes

Planet of The Empress:  Venus

Element of The Empress: Earth

What does The Empress card mean in a love reading?

In a love reading, the Empress carries a message of nurturing, receptivity to love and self-respect. While it feels wonderful to give, make sure you are simultaneously filling your own cup. Open yourself to the caring energy of those who love you. Perhaps you need a little “mothering” energy—or someone you love could use an extra dose of support. Just make sure you have healthy boundaries with your generosity, so you don’t “dethrone” yourself by become someone’s doormat.

Because this card’s meaning carries a connection to nature and a harmony with the world, it reminds you that your relationship with others is a reflection of your relationship with yourself. Take time for self-reflection and self-care.

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What does The Empress tarot card mean for career, money and finance?

The Empress in a career reading often points to the importance of nourishment, passion and creativity in your work. Where could you bring more “juice” to your efforts, perhaps through art, beauty and receiving the gifts of other people’s support?

If you’re already experiencing a renaissance, The Empress signals that you are in the right place in your current professional trajectory. If not, this card encourages you to be open to projects or professional pathways. Opportunities that feel lush, soulful and nurturing to your creativity are ones to seek out and prioritize!

In relation to money, The Empress is a sign to get creative in your search for financial abundance. Your nurturing gifts could turn into an earning opportunity. Be receptive, and also open about your unique gifts. Powerful people may open doors for you, once they know what you have to offer.

What does The Empress tarot card mean for health?

Pulled in a health reading, The Empress underscores the importance of quality self-care. This is a reminder to nurture yourself in ways that support your overall well being.

Because of its connection with the natural world, it can also be a call to look for more natural products and services in your self-care rituals. Explore holistic treatments that treat the root cause of a health issue rather than simply mitigating the symptoms.

The Empress Tarot Card in Reverse Meaning

The Empress in a reversed position serves as a strong call to reconnect with its archetypal feminine qualities.

If this card appears in your reading in reverse, it’s bringing attention to the fact that you’ve lost touch with a feeling of nourishment and creativity in your life. Perhaps it’s time to revamp your diet, add in more supplements or have a general checkup.

Reconnect to art, music and beauty—whether as an appreciator or a creator. This will open your channels to divine energy and romance, making life feel rich again.

What to do with this information

If you have a habit of putting others’ needs above your own, devolving into patterns of codependency, The Empress in reverse reminds you that it’s important for you to take care of yourself and your own needs. When you do that, you’ll be better equipped to care for others around you as well.

Is The Empress tarot card a yes or no?

The Empress carries its positive nurturing energy into a yes or no reading as a yes.

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