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The Empress in Tarot: Meanings for Real-Life

Updated: Apr 9

The Core Meaning* of The Empress in Tarot


Many jump into "pregnancy" or "fertility" when assigning The Empress a meaning. I prefer gestation (which can be literal or figurative, most often figurative) because it adds a nuance of timing. This card has a strong component of nurturing and time. Why? Well, someone can be fertile, and yet, gestation has a set duration of time that cannot be rushed no matter what you do. 

In a real-life application, we are looking at a situation that's growing, not fully developed or not "to term" yet. There is the fertility component, sure, but nourishment and patience are also required for it to come to fruition. It speaks about the power that sometimes exists in doing nothing and waiting for things to develop on their own.

*Core meanings are not just another keyword resource. Check this!

The Empress meaning in tarot. Discover the meaning of The Empress in real-life situations of love, career, academia, spirituality, health and more. The Sibyl's Tarot.
The Empress from the Da Vinci Tarot by Iassen Ghiuselev, Atanas A. Attanasov and Mark McElroy (Lo Scarabeo)

It's All About the Context! The Meaning of The Empress in Diverse Situations.

What attitudes and behaviours does The Empress support?

Taking a passive approach when necessary. Waiting for the right time. Letting things develop before acting. Sensuality. Nourishment of the self and others. Nurturing one's own environment, development or projects. Diplomacy. Creative expression.

What attitudes or behaviours does The Empress warn against?

Excessive passivity to the point of dependency. Impatience. Overwatering the proverbial garden. Smothering attitudes. Creative blockages. Trying to control what is not in one's hands.

What's The Empress as a personal strength?

Fruitful and generative in ideas and projects. Gifted to be in the right place at the right time.

What's The Empress as a personal weakness?

Impatient and having difficulties to stay in one's lane.

What's The Empress as a personality?

Time-aware, patient, an individual who knows what they can control and focuses on nourishing it. Tactful and diplomating, often with a drive to create, whether it is artistically or not.

How does The Empress describe a relationship?

By itself, it describes a growing relationship with great potential that is not fully developed but on its way to flourishing. Ill-aspected, it can indicate that only one of the partners is putting in the effort, or that they are in a state of perpetual wait.

How does The Empress describe a break-up?

This can refer a burnout type of break-up that has been a long-time coming. This is usually a well thought out break-up where the individual's mind is made.

How does The Empress describe a problem?

This is not often a problem that arises from nowhere or that is fast growing, however, if not tended to, it can grow to have lasting consequences.

How does The Empress describe an opportunity?

Usually a long-term opportunity, with potential to bring growth and satisfaction but that requires consistency before getting to see its fruits.

What's The Empress as a career option?

Professional options that have been traditionally considered feminine or oriented towards women. Children-related occupations. As a political figure, it can speak of a profession that has a supporting role in politics. A diplomat or envoy.

What's The Empress as an academic option?

Botanics. Midwifery. International relations. Degree in Elementary Education.

What's The Empress as a working environment?

Slow-paced and focused. Oriented at keeping things in check. Potential for professional growth. An enviroment that fosters progress.

What's The Empress as a financial situation?

Long-term thinking, planned and cared for. Growing. May speak of long-term investing decisions and savings. An overall healthy financial landscape.

What's The Empress as a health issue?

Pregnancy and pregnancy related matters. Conditions that develop or grow slowly over a period of time.

How does The Empress describe a spiritual practice?

Connected with nature and its cycles. Related to feminine deities or spirits. It can also refer to a matriarchal spirituality. The connection of the cards with Venus may refer to a devotion to Venus, Aphrodite or other similar deity.

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