Tuesday’s Tarot for Beginners – The Empress
Welcome back to Tarot for Beginners. The Major Arcana, also known as the Trump Cards, include 21 numbered cards and 1 unnumbered card (the Fool). The Fool is the main character of the Major Arcana and makes his journey through each of the cards, meeting new teachers (major) and learning new life lessons (minor) along the way this week we are looking at the Empress Tarot Card.
The Empress tarot card is the mother archetype of the tarot deck and the number three of the Major Arcana cards. Following the High Priestess, this card represents a shift from self-love to loving others. She wears a crown of twelve stars, showing her connection with the mystical realm and the cycles of the natural world. The pomegranates on her robe are symbolic of fertility. She sits on cushions embroidered with a Venus sign, symbolic for love, harmony, creativity, beauty, and grace. This is the essence of the Empress. A beautiful, lush forest and winding stream surround the Empress, further signifying her connection with Mother Earth and life itself.
When drawn upright the Empress signifies a strong connection with our femininity. Femininity translates in many ways – elegance, sensuality, fertility, creative expression, nurturing – and is necessary for creating balance in both men and women. The Empress calls on you to connect with your feminine energy. Create beauty in your life. Connect with your senses through taste, touch, sound, smell and sight. As the Mother Earth archetype, the Empress urges you to venture out into nature to ground your energy and be in flow with the earth. When reversed the Empress encourages you to make self-love and self-care a priority. You may be encountering a creative block, especially in ‘birthing’ a new idea or expressing yourself creatively.
In Relation to the Fool’s Journey
When encountering the empress card consider a child with its mother. A good relationship for growing and healing. A poor relationship for marriage or work. New beginnings, and innocence are key here. This can be a very free spirited and pure connection, however intimacy or career wise this is a bad combination.
We look forward to helping you develop your connection and understanding of Tarot every Tuesday.