Empress Tarot Card meanings 2016-10-15T04:55:46+00:00

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:


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.




Poor health


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.


  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.

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


    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

  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 🙂

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