Tarot Tutorial: The Empress
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Tarot Tutorial: The Empress

March 23, 2024 by Pathforward
What is the meaning of The Empress? Read on to find out...
What is the meaning of The Empress? Read on to find out...

This tarot card is all about divine feminine energy. The usual depiction of The Empress shows a regal woman, lounging comfortably on her throne and surrounded by abundance.  She for sure knows what she wants, knows what she’s worth, and isn’t going to settle for anything less. This card has very positive vibes, signaling that pleasure and abundance are available to you right now. All you have to do is claim it.

What is the Meaning of the Empress in a Love Reading?

If we had to describe the energy of the Empress in a love reading it would be unashamedly sensual. Whatever it is you are looking for in love, you’ll find it—it a very big way. The Empress does nothing half-way. So if you we looking for a new lover that delights you both in and out of the bedroom, you’ve got it. If you’re already in a relationship, your boo may start tripping over themselves to show you love. Wedding bells might be possible and there could be a new little one in your life too. Bask in all the romance and enjoy yourself.

When the Empress turns up in a position representing you in a love reading, it’s still a very positive card. But you may want to spend some time thinking about your standards. Don’t settle for ho-hum when you know your heart needs something more. There’s a strong self-love connotation in this card. How are you respecting your own needs and boundaries? When you start tapping into what’s important to you, the right lover will arrive, one who will match your energy.

The Empress reversed in a love reading usually signals full on hedonism and no-strings sex. If that’s your jam, go out there and live your best life. But if you were hoping for a commitment, you’re going to be deeply disappointed. Any lovers you have entanglements with are here for a good time, not a long time. Alternatively, this card could also signal fights about money with a partner. Someone is over-indulging and over-spending. It’s time to get real about finances and come up with a financial plan you can both live with.

What is the Meaning of the Empress in a Future Reading?

Although the Empress is traditionally depicted as pregnant, seeing her turn up in a future reading doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be signing up for a baby registry soon. The fertile energy of the Empress can mean being full of creative ideas and you’re ready to bring one (or more) of them into reality. You might also see tangible results of the hard work you’ve done in the past. You may also find yourself surrounded by little luxuries soon.  

How is your self-care routine going? The Empress can also point to a period where you need to let yourself feel at ease or indulge a little. You may have to fight through some old programming that tells you that you don’t deserve gentleness or are less than worthy. Don’t be afraid to treat yourself! Lean into softness and let yourself receive good things that come to you.

When the Empress turns up reversed in a future reading, you might be indulging a little too much in sensual or materialistic pleasures. This goes double if you see cards like The Devil come up in the spread too. Have you been using retail therapy every time you hit a rough spot? We love a good sale as much as anyone, but until you address your underlying issues, that adorable pair of shoes isn’t going to solve your problems. Reach for a glass of water instead of wine and take a sober look at what you might be avoiding.

What is the Meaning of the Empress in a Career Reading?

The Empress might not be the first card you think of when it comes to money, but it ought to be in the top five. This is Our Lady of Abundance and Luxury we’re talking about! So you know that luxe energy means good things for your wallet when she comes up in a career reading. If you were asking about a new job, you’ll find one soon—and it will come with security, a nice salary, and benefits. If you are currently employed, a nice bonus or promotion may be coming your way.

If the Empress card comes up in a position representing you in a reading, it could be telling you that now is not the time to cut corners on a project. Allocate the time and money it needs to make it a success. This applies to investing in yourself too. Get the foundation work clothing you need to make a good impression. Enroll in that management course. The Empress is about nurturing your long-term goals and ambitions too. If you put in the effort, you will be rewarded.

Not surprisingly, the Empress reversed does not bode well for a career reading. The key phrase to keep in mind here is “lots of effort for little to no reward”. The company you work for might be investing in things that look great on paper but will not be as profitable as they had hoped. That will mean less money for them to spend down the line on things like raises.  If this card showed up in a position representing you, it might mean that there’s no growth possible for you in your current position. If you want to move up the ranks, it’s best if you move on to a different place to work.

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