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Empress tarot card meanings

Empress: Abundance

Empress Tarot Card Meanings and Keywords:

The Empress tarot card meanings in traditional tarot stem from its connection to both Astrology and Numerology. The Empress tarot card can mean:

Upright:

Pregnancy and giving birth, being a mother.

Creativity and nurturing in the home.

Intelligence and leadership.

Being beautiful and sensual.

Being abundant and healthy.

A good marriage.

Happiness. 

Reversed:

Neglect

Poor health

Abandonment

Symbolism in Empress tarot card

A crown of 12 stars symbolises the 12 signs of the Zodiac. The yellow background symbolises her intellect. The Empress’s throne of stars gives her the symbols of Queen of Heaven Mary. This symbolises the loving nature of the Empress as the nurturer and the mother. The wheat and the pomegranates indicate abundance. The pomegranates reveal their red seeds, a symbol of sexuality and fertility. The lush surroundings symbolise the Empress connection to the earth and her fertility. The waterfall symbolises being in the flow of abundance and happiness. The rod symbolises her ability to create. Her luxurious cushion indicates a beautiful home. The glyph of Venus on her heart shaped shield symbolises the Empress sensual nature.

Empress tarot card and Astrology

Empress tarot card is connected to Venus, the planet that rules our heart, affection, women, love, nurturing, desire, pleasure, feminine sexuality, relationships, beauty, fashion and art. Venus represents the fullness of womanhood and the positive influences of the women in our life. Venus is non-aggressive, leaving conflict to her cosmic lover Mars. Venus rules both Taurus, the sign of the Hierophant and Libra, the sign for Justice.  Both signs are associated with affection, sociability, love of beauty. The Taurean nature of Venus is more sensuous and materialistic while the Libran side is more refined and artistic. Venus is exaggerated in Pisces, which with the vibration of Neptune, the ruler of Pisces, creates heighten spiritual experiences.

Empress tarot card meanings upright

Empress in a general reading

Empress tarot card represents feminine power, a nurturer and a family oriented person, our mother or a mother figure, abundance, femininity, fertility and the love of the home and family. The Empress is very sensual and confident in her own skin. She owns her own beauty. She is creative and nurturing and in touch with her own inner feelings. She loves luxury and beauty. This card ensures you that it is time to act upon your plans. You are attractive and can attract what you want and need. You are endlessly abundant in this moment. This is a very favourable card if you want to have a child, give birth to a business/project, create a home, renovate, attract a partner, romance, friendship and art.

Empress in a love reading

In a love reading, the Empress tarot card signifies long lasting love and loyalty. This is your happily ever after tarot card. If the seeker is single, they will soon meet someone who will love them unconditionally.

Empress in a career reading

In a career reading, the Empress denotes careers in the beauty and fashion industry. Empress tarot card also signifies working from home.

Learn what the Empress tarot card means in the Grand Tableau. 

Personality types in Empress tarot card

The Empress speaks of someone who is very warm, sensual, loving, charismatic and beautiful. This is someone who loves deeply and openly shows their affections towards others. They are very creative people with nurturing instincts. Intelligent and artistic they often do very well in the professional world. Empress people love artful pursuits and turn their surroundings into a beautiful haven. They care for the environment and everything that is alive. They make excellent parents and are very determined to get things done.

Empress tarot card meanings

Empress: Abundance

Empress tarot card meanings reversed

Empress tarot card meanings reversed indicate neglect and a lack of attention where there should be nurturing. She can represent a mother who gives little affection and hardly any protection to her child. The child can also symbolise a project, a relationship, an enterprise, the home and a business that need attention but are instead being left unattended. There might even be an abandonment of a child, the family and the home when this card shows up reversed. Her motherly and nurturing instinct are gone, even destroyed and actively prevented. This woman might even be lost in promiscuity and seduction, with a lack of love and care. This card often shows up reversed when the querent is feeling unattractive.

Personality types in reversed Empress tarot card

The Empress reversed denotes someone promiscuous, who feels alone and is often a worrywart. This is someone who is desperate for love and often go looking for it in all the wrong places. Rather than making everyone feel comfortable, Empress reversed is needy and hard work. This card reversed can also indicate someone with ill-health due to emotional issues.

Empress tarot card combinations

Some important tarot card combinations including the Empress.

The Empress + The Hierophant: A bride. A wedding. 

The Empress + The Chariot: Success in the beauty industry.

The Empress + Strength: A healer. 

The Empress + The Devil: IVF.

The Empress + Five of pentacles: Loneliness. 

The Empress + Nine of Pentacles: A beautiful home and garden. 

The Empress + Ten of pentacles: A strong family. 

The Empress + Page of pentacles: A model. Modelling. 

The Empress + Knight of pentacles: Changing your career to be more abundant. 

The Empress + King of pentacles: Great riches. Success in the home and in a career. 

The Empress + Six of cups: Happy children. 

The Empress + Eight of cups: Finding your dream. 

The Empress + Queen of cups: Natural therapist. 

The Empress + Five of swords: Feeling unattractive. 

The Empress + Six of swords: Moving to a beautiful location. 

The Empress + Queen of swords: Career orientation. 

The Empress + Ace of wands: Birth of a business plan. Birth of a creative idea. 

The Empress + Seven of wands: Protecting your family. 

The Empress + Page of  wands: Photography. 

Empress tarot card meanings summary

Empress tarot card meanings denote beauty, harmony, love, motherhood, parenting, family, nurturing, good health and abundance. The Empress manifests abundance through nurturing and caring for others, showing others love and appreciation and creating an oasis of comfort and safety. The Empress is a very positive tarot card as it signifies the Seeker’s well-being operating at optimum levels.

Learn what the Empress tarot card means as a final card in a love reading.

78 Comments

  1. Brandon April 25, 2016 at 9:14 pm

    What does the combination of the Empress with queen of pentacles mean? I’m having relationship issues and this is what I got in a two card reading.

  2. Inger Bråthen April 28, 2016 at 2:47 pm

    To give without expecting anything back…to nurture…to be kind…:) This is the energy the tarot says will heal your relationship.

  3. Alex October 18, 2016 at 8:01 am

    What about empress / the world card ?

  4. Inger Bråthen October 18, 2016 at 2:28 pm

    Depends a bit on your question. It usually speaks of getting recognition.

  5. Rui November 20, 2016 at 1:49 am

    Hi Inger…
    Empress/ temperance? And then wheel of fortune ~

  6. Rui November 20, 2016 at 1:50 am

    Above in Love question

  7. Inger Bråthen November 20, 2016 at 7:56 am

    Hi, Rui. Did the cards have specific card positions as well, or did you do a 3 card draw without using a specific spread? Did you use the whole deck, or only the Major Arcana cards? 🙂 If you used the whole deck, and only Major arcanas showed up it can mean you feel you can’t influence your love life as much as you would like to, however, the flow you are experiencing is taking you exactly to where you need to be (wheel of fortune) and will give you what you want in love. 🙂

  8. Rui November 21, 2016 at 1:29 am

    Hi, thank you Inger, for your feedback..
    I did only the major Arcana cards since that is what I have available. What you suggest seems so right to my situation… I am happy if it will work out naturally.

  9. Rui November 21, 2016 at 1:35 am

    Ps. Do you offer love tarot readings online?

  10. Inger Bråthen November 21, 2016 at 7:40 pm

    Hi, Rui. Yes, I do, and there is also a soulmate course available for people who wants to learn how to do the soulmate reading for themselves 🙂

  11. Charlie November 30, 2016 at 4:45 am

    Love this info. In a 3-card combination, what does it mean getting the empress+page of swords+the fool in regards to family/baby question.
    Thanks

  12. Lillie December 1, 2016 at 1:24 am

    Hello,

    I asked about my health. I drew a 3 card spread. For my past, I received the ace of swords, empress, and judgement for future.
    This is the Rider Waite/ aquatic series.

  13. Inger Bråthen December 1, 2016 at 9:52 am

    Hi, if wanting to become pregnant, this is a very positive card combination 🙂 In a question of pregnancy, the Fool often represent a fetus. Page of swords speak of a very intelligent child 🙂

  14. Inger Bråthen December 1, 2016 at 10:08 am

    The Empress is seen as a very positive card when it relates to health. Judgement in a health question speak of avoiding toxins and harmful chemicals.

  15. Lillie December 5, 2016 at 8:57 pm

    Thank you.

  16. Gigi December 18, 2016 at 2:24 am

    For 4 months the Empress hasn’t left me. She is always there when I draw for myself or when others read my tarot. The 6 of Cups come shockingly close. Any suggestions? Do cards stalk you?

  17. Inger Bråthen December 18, 2016 at 11:01 am

    Hi, Gigi. Yes, cards can definitely stalk you 🙂 I find that sometimes there are people that have crossed over that will use the cards to communicate that they are still with us. The Empress could be a sign from a loving mother figure you have on the other side…. I also feel that the Empress is telling you about hidden qualities within you and that these will come forward. When they do, you will find that you are extremely charismatic and people will be drawn to you like a moth to a flame. I also see the Empress as the ultimate business card, so you might find yourself doing well in the business world as well 😀

  18. Gaby January 5, 2017 at 10:08 pm

    Hi Inger:

    Today I drawn the IV of cups and I asked is this have to do with an Angel Coin that I find in my old purse (plum color) when I was changing my stuff to the new purse (yellow color) and the cards I received as the answer was the Knight of Wands and the Empress. What this mean? Thanks

  19. Marelyn Colon January 6, 2017 at 8:33 am

    Empress/eight of swords for love

  20. Inger Bråthen January 6, 2017 at 9:42 am

    I believe this means someone will soon be reaching out for you to get your attention in some way. This person might already be doing it without you noticing the full significance…..:)

  21. Melissa February 11, 2017 at 5:09 pm

    Hi 💛 I did a 3 card spread for mind/heart/spirit and what came up was the ace of pentacles, empress, page of cups. What do you think this means? Thank you Inger 💛

  22. Melissa bee February 12, 2017 at 12:35 am

    Hi Inger
    I did a mind/heart//spirit spread and pulled ace of pentacles/empress/page of cups. Could you tell me what you think that means? Thank you 🙂

  23. Inger Bråthen February 12, 2017 at 2:19 pm

    Hi, Melissa. I like your cards. I believe your mind though would like more of an intellectual challenge. It could mean you will be drawn to do more study and learn something that really interests you, that also will fulfil your heart and spirit.

  24. Jessica February 22, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    Hello Inger,

    What does the empress mean in a three card spread with knight of pentscles and ten of cups? I met someone new and the atttaction is strong. What type of attraction is this?

  25. Inger Bråthen February 23, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    Hi, Jessica. This card combinations mean the attraction is physical and spiritual. This can be a passionate, fun, and romantic union.

  26. Cindy March 1, 2017 at 6:32 am

    Dear Inger,
    If the Empress keeps coming up in various
    of the “pregnancy” combinations what
    kind of time frame is possible?
    I keep getting those combinations,
    though my boyfriend and I have not
    even tried specifically or made any plans.
    Would appreciate your thoughts and experiences : )
    Thank you kindly in advance
    Cindy

  27. Inger Bråthen March 2, 2017 at 8:01 am

    Hi, Cindy. The Empress can also mean you are in a very happy and abundant relationship. The Empress with the Fool or the Empress with the Sun can mean a child is on the way 🙂

  28. Laura March 16, 2017 at 7:07 pm

    Hi Inger, my draw was about if a guy misses me or thinking about me I had the 5 of cups with the empress what do you think?

  29. Inger Bråthen March 17, 2017 at 1:48 am

    Yes I think he misses you.

  30. Illona Jameson March 25, 2017 at 11:34 am

    I just want to say reading all the questions and answers have been so helpful to me. I am not that good of a reader but I am teaching myself and it will take a little time but I will get to where I want to be with the cards. I want to say I am so glad I came across your site.

  31. Inger Bråthen March 26, 2017 at 2:10 am

    Thank you so much! 🙂

  32. LISA April 3, 2017 at 4:33 am

    hi Inger for love reading a man i just met first card was Page of pentacles, the Empress, 8 swords, Temperance, the high Priestess ( Im not sure he is interested ) i covered the 8 swords with temperance for more info ? what do you think?

  33. Inger Bråthen April 6, 2017 at 10:11 am

    Hi, I believe this person is interested, but he is also cautious.

  34. marie April 20, 2017 at 11:34 am

    Hi- I drew Empress for near future, two of cups for recent past, chariot for issues, ace of pentacle for loved one, temperance for love advice and the lovers as outcome. my question was how my significant other feels for me, since we’ve been going through a rough spot… The moon was in there too as current situation. I’m thinking this means we will resolve our differences and have a more solid relationship in the future, although He does have issues with being guarded intimately, and i’m thinking thats the chariot. Higher power card was two of wands… I wonder if the moon means he has been deceptive, and that will cease, or if the lovers card is representing a choice between two lovers in the future. What do you think?

  35. Inger Bråthen April 21, 2017 at 1:39 am

    Is he happy in his work? I feel there is something to do with his job that is bothering him.

  36. Shikha dass April 22, 2017 at 7:14 pm

    Hi I am a Sagittarius sunsign girl I pulled out 3 cards.. The lovers , the devil and the empress … What does it mean. I love a friend but he doesn’t tell how he feels about me , he is very cautious (Taurus guy with scorpio moon ) after his last relationship. We are nothing communicating right now.

  37. Inger Bråthen April 24, 2017 at 10:02 am

    Hi, Shikha. Do you know what your moon sign is? I feel like your friend has been hurt and has not let go of this, thus, he is very cautious.

  38. patrina tyler April 27, 2017 at 9:38 am

    HI Inger –

    I did a three card spread asking if my finances would improve soon as receive a message of:

    The Fool in past position
    The Empress in present position
    The Hirophant in future position

    I don’t receive the Hirophant often so I didn’t know what to make of the message.

    Thanks in advance.

  39. Inger Bråthen April 28, 2017 at 5:53 am

    Hi, the Hierophant shows up when there is increase in security so I think your finances will improve quite a bit 🙂

  40. patrina tyler April 28, 2017 at 9:47 am

    Thanks sooo much I really love this site; plan engaging more through courses beginning in May. 🙂

  41. Inger Bråthen April 28, 2017 at 3:05 pm

    That will be great. A free course is coming out in a few days 🙂

  42. nathalie May 10, 2017 at 5:01 pm

    Hi Inger !

    Thanks for such a great info on the web, I love it !

    I’m a bit confused about a question. I asked what my future job will be and I drew two cards.

    The empress and nine of pentacles, I can’t figure out what that will be 😉 Can you please tell me what you feel and think ?

    Love and kind regards,

    Nathalie

  43. Inger Bråthen May 11, 2017 at 7:09 am

    Hi. This card combination could indicate a well paid job in a creative industry.

  44. Tenneil May 30, 2017 at 1:14 am

    Hi what would the devil+the empress+the tower mean?

  45. Inger Bråthen May 31, 2017 at 9:46 am

    Hi, this reading can be a warning not to be tempted by someone or something that could lead you to down the wrong path.

  46. Destiny Poole June 1, 2017 at 9:47 pm

    Hi my reading was the star,the empress,the chariot,the devil,strength and the lovers mean?

  47. Inger Bråthen June 3, 2017 at 6:20 pm

    Hi. Did you use the whole deck? What was the question you asked the tarot?

  48. Terri June 10, 2017 at 5:15 am

    It was will I achieve abundance this month ? Yes whole deck

  49. Rox June 13, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    Hi my cards were the king of pentacles four of swords and five of cups. Empress for clarity. I was trying to see if I should move out of state. I’m a single mom whole deck

  50. CC June 14, 2017 at 1:05 am

    Hello Inger,

    I did a five-card ‘general’ reading for love. My pull was VERY strange.

    Past: Empress
    Present: Four of Pentacles
    Future: World
    Reason: Five of Pentacles
    Potential: Six of Pentacles

    Besides the smooth progression through the court of pentacles, in my deck green is a heavy color theme through all the cards, with six of pentacles being grey. The other cards also have grey accents. And with the exception of the five of pentacles, all have female imagery on them. All were also in a naturally upright position. What do you think on this weird draw?

  51. Inger Bråthen June 14, 2017 at 10:22 am

    The empress means you will be very abundant, but you will feel a bit disconnected to the new place, at least in the beginning.

  52. Sam July 14, 2017 at 11:43 pm

    Hi Inger,
    I did a cross spread, and got the following cards:
    6 Cups crossed with page wands
    5 swords below
    8 Cups in the past
    King of Swords above
    Empress coming in.

    I usually read the King of Swords as my Ex, could this mean he’s going to get in touch?

  53. CK July 17, 2017 at 5:45 am

    Hi,
    I did a 3 card spread of would there be any love coming in to my life and got. The Empress, The Sun and Six of cups. What does this mean? Thankyou

  54. Inger Bråthen July 17, 2017 at 6:56 pm

    Yes, your ex could be in touch, but he could be coming back in your life on a low vibration and there could be some arguments.

  55. Inger Bråthen July 17, 2017 at 7:17 pm

    Yes, there will be love coming into your life soon.

  56. Lily July 20, 2017 at 3:14 am

    Dear Inger,
    I am currently having relationship problem since all of sudden he decided to not meeting me anymore and want to stop contact with me… He said everything through text, he didn’t say it to me directly. I tried to talk with him and persuade him to keep in contact and meet me again. I did my best to save this relationship, but I don’t know what will the result become. At the moment, he said he wanted to stay quiet and be on his own. So I drew 3 cards, asking for the outcome of my efforts in this matter. I got the chariot > five of wands > the empress.
    I am not really good and defining cards, although the empress as outcome seems promising… Could you give me deeper insight about the results?
    Thank you in prior. Bless you.

  57. Inger Bråthen July 20, 2017 at 8:20 pm

    He could be having some financial problems and/or having a lot of stress in his life at the moment. I feel he doesn’t like the way his life is going and is comparing himself with others. Be a good friend and when he is ready, he will talk to you again. I feel like he is fighting with himself at the moment.

  58. Lily July 21, 2017 at 9:17 am

    Dear Inger,

    I understand… Problem is he is not open about it and just avoiding me out of the blue… I am not a mind reader. I just wished he could be more honest and for him to know I always be there for him…
    But as you suggested, maybe it is best to give him time for himself… I hope he willing to open communication again with me soon.
    Thank you so much for the insight. Bless you.

    Wish me luck!

  59. Lily July 22, 2017 at 4:02 pm

    Dear Inger… This time he cut off communication with me completely. He blocked me in his cellphone, no reply for my emails. I know where he lives but somehow my instinct telling me not to go there and see him. Or maybe I am scared he might refuse to open his door for me… I don’t know what to do… Then I drew 3 cards again if, in any way, we can be reconcile. I got three of pentacles, the emperor and ten of cups…

  60. Inger Bråthen July 23, 2017 at 12:25 pm

    If he has blocked you, I would leave him alone until he is ready to talk to you.

  61. Lily July 23, 2017 at 7:33 pm

    Thank you, Inger. Much appreciated ^^

  62. thomas July 30, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    hello,i am new to tarot,single card draws i do fairly well with but spreads still get me.
    on a 3 card draw as a general reading i got in this order,page of pentacles,the chariot,the empress.
    some reason im having trouble putting all 3 together into one meaning.
    bless you for your time.

  63. Inger Bråthen July 30, 2017 at 6:20 pm

    Hi, Thomas. This card combination has to do with being mentally fulfilled either by a relationship, career, or situation you are asking about. I feel things have gotten too easy, and you need more stimulation to feel whole and complete.

  64. thomas July 31, 2017 at 9:13 am

    thank you for the reply,i was thinking along this line but couldn’t put it together right, once again, thank you

  65. Nini August 8, 2017 at 4:21 am

    Hi Inger, I recently had a reading done and the last 3 cards spread pulled at the end were:
    10 of pentacles, The Empress, and 6 of Wands (in that order). Could you please shed some light on the significance of this combination? Many thanks in advance!

  66. Inger Bråthen August 9, 2017 at 3:10 pm

    Hi, Nini. I feel this card combination is telling you that there will be a lot of abundance coming your way soon. I also feel you have an admirer. This card combination also speaks of having business talents.

  67. claudia August 17, 2017 at 3:22 am

    hi inger congrats for your article!
    i want to ask you what does this combo means when i asked for my future in love i haved
    sun+empress+strenght

    thanks

  68. Toni August 17, 2017 at 4:27 pm

    Hi Inger, what do you think about the empress and strength as a relationship type? Thanks!

  69. Inger Bråthen August 17, 2017 at 4:51 pm

    Hi, Toni. These two cards indicate a strong and loving relationship between two people who are also very independent. 🙂

  70. Jacquelyn Dotson August 30, 2017 at 9:16 am

    Hello Inger,
    So I asked about pregnancy Am I or will I be and this is what I drew in order..
    The Magician Reversed
    The Empress
    Judgement
    I’m very worried that this is a bad thing and I surely hope not.

  71. Jacquelyn Dotson August 30, 2017 at 9:17 am

    Hello Inger,
    So I asked about pregnancy Am I or will I be and this is what I drew in order..
    The Magician Reversed
    The Empress
    Judgement

  72. Ri September 2, 2017 at 9:19 am

    Inger please help! All is well with me but I did reading for a neighbour trying to help her.. she was engaged, they clashed due to his ego, broke it off, she missed him after months, I told her to follow my example and call him today (bad idea) and he was so.. imperial and rude.. he even lied so as to.. look a victim and didnt apologize.. its the worst hes ever been and she did call him before work..
    Situation (whether its worth/can be saved)- Strength
    Why he did all that- Wheel of Fortune
    Advice for her- 10 of Swords
    His intentions towards her- the Fool
    Where things are going (she might confront him face to face)- 7 of Cups

    Tbh I always had nice cards for them which shocked me when I kept pulling them even today so this is result after persisting on the roots of everything.. please help

  73. Inger Bråthen September 2, 2017 at 3:22 pm

    All the 0s (seen in wheel of fortune, ten of cups, and the fool) speaks of god energy. She needs to pray to meet someone who will love her for real. It will be a grieving process letting this go, but she will grow spiritually and be stronger as a result.

  74. Inger Bråthen September 2, 2017 at 3:30 pm

    Hi. Yes, I believe you will be pregnant.

  75. Ri September 5, 2017 at 4:27 am

    Thank you very much Inger. The Godly aspect you mentioned drew my attention. I told her to pray these days and come back when shes ready to see into it objectively together..
    Today I picked cards for her and she also picked. Their years long relations appeared as Page of Cups and (her pick) World. In both cases 5 of Wands came as Gods message/advice to her. What she should do about her relations is 2 of Swords and (her pick) 4 of Swords.
    I told her the engagement isnt meant to evolve further, as we know too many ppl meddled in their affairs and she should wait for his move few days.. the 5 of Wands however troubles me as a divine message/advice esp in contrast to the Action suggested!
    Thank you in advance!

  76. Inger Bråthen September 7, 2017 at 4:46 pm

    Hi. I think she really needs to stand her ground and not let go of her position so easily. She needs to represent herself as who she really is and not change to please this person. 🙂

  77. Rickey October 12, 2017 at 12:28 pm

    Hi Inger, unfortunately I had bad instincts when pulling The Empress card this morning. recently i pulled the nine of pents regarding a love interest, but i didn’t really ask for a card about her, but my intuition was telling me the universe was sending me somethin i needed to know; i just didn’t know what. so this morning i did a single card reading on clarity on her and the nine of pents i pulled, and the empress popped up and it hit me…..the first big spread(7 card) i did regarding her, nine of pents and the high priestess popped up in the same spread. I’ve been getting hunches that she was trying to get pregnant by someone we both know for a while. so when i pulled the empress this morning, my first instinct was she’s pregnant or trying to get pregnant. the reason why this is unfortunate is because me and her have never been intimate. it has been more of ‘unspoken’ just know type of thing. I’ll get back to let you know for sure, but does the empress always involve pregnancy?

  78. Inger Bråthen October 15, 2017 at 9:31 am

    Hi. The Empress does not always mean pregnancy. This card also speaks of abundance and beauty.

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