The Empress Tarot Card is the third card in the Major Arcana. She represents the mother archetype and embodies all things that are feminine. She is often portrayed as a beautiful woman, sitting upon a throne with a scepter in her hands and a crown upon her head. Her association to the goddess, Venus, further supports her womanly role as the ultimate nurturer and creator of life. She is the card of abundance, creativity and dedicated love.

The empress typically represents abundance in all areas of one’s life. When she appears in a Tarot reading, it often indicates growth and prosperity. This is particularly true in financial matters. Productivity will lead to financial security and any creative endeavor will be met with success. The Empress Enjoys fine living and simple pleasures. She can be symbolic of a comfortable home filled with simple luxuries and a soothing environment.

In love tarot readings, The Empress can often indicate marriages, engagements, pregnancies and births. Her appearance in a Tarot reading can be indicative of new love, romance and passion. For the male questioner, the Empress can represent the ideal woman and mate. In either case, she is a symbol of the flourishing relationship as she often represents commitment and enduring love.

In many tarot decks, the Empress is depicted as being pregnant. This not only symbolizes her femininity but also imparts her association to all things that are fruitful. This not only can be indicative of pregnancies, but it also refers to the fertility or creativity in one’s mind and ideas. For the artistic or creative person, the Empress often brings good news that one’s creative talents or pursuits will be recognized or rewarded.

The Empress tarot card often represent the feminine part of the psyche. This is the intuitive and receptive components of one’s personality. She often serves as a reminder that one does not always need to be aggressive or domineer to be in a position of authority. One can also find their power through love and consistency. The Empress is a natural diplomat. Her appearance is a reminder that the feminine parts of our own selves are just as powerful as the masculine. She is a healer and brings comfort to others.

Finally, in some cases the Empress Tarot card can represent the mother figure. Her appearance often concerns issues surrounding one's mother or a woman who plays a maternal role in someone's life. Depending upon the issues at hand, the Empress could possibly represent various matriarchal roles. She can symbolize a woman that has associated her position as the head of the family. She may be the decision maker and has the final say when it comes to family matters. She is usually an active participant in the lives of her children or grandchildren. If she employs others in a business, she is involved in the supervision of her employees and will contribute to their progress and productivity.

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