The Empress Tarot Card Meaning: Upright, Reversed, and Keyword Meanings

As the nurturing, verdant, lush goddess of growth, the Empress is here to nurture you as you blossom into the best version of yourself! Its appearance in a tarot reading promises a blessing of abundance and fertility. Yes, this tarot card can signal motherhood, but it doesn’t necessarily mean fertility in the literal sense of the word; it could also be a nod to the energy for creative inspiration. Designing a new business or starting to write that novel? Think of the Empress as your cosmic cheerleader of the Tarot Major Arcana, encouraging you every step of the way. As you journey from potent seed to abundant bloom in your garden of intentions, the Empress sees immense potential within you and honors your growth.

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The key words of the empress

Nourishing, Creative, Abundant, Sensual, Feminine, Maternal, Fertility, Growth, Appreciates Beauty, Self-Care, Compassion, Kindness

Empress standing

The Empress is a sensual being, and she reminds us how to make every experience smoother and more enjoyable. Celebrate beauty and invoke each of your senses. Remember that it doesn’t have to be a special occasion for it to be a great occasion! The Empress uses fine crystal and fine food on a Tuesday afternoon just because, buys herself fresh flowers every Friday because she wants to, and dresses in a way that pleases her (a silk velvet on a Wednesday morning? Sequins on Sunday? Why not!). It’s not frivolous, honey, it’s FUN!

The Empress fully embodies her feminine energy and she is here to help you embrace your feminine side. Femininity has nothing to do with gender and is rather about an energy invoked to create balance. It means tapping into your intuition, being more receptive, going with the flow, and being creative.

The Upside Down Empress

Do you feel exhausted? You have spent so much time and energy focusing on the needs of others that you have lost sight of your own emotional desires and limitations. Sometimes it’s easier to get involved in other people’s business than to focus on your own emotional needs. But you know, ignoring everything doesn’t make it go away! In fact, it usually gets bigger and more out of control when allowed to fester. To put it bluntly: manage your shit! Take care of yourself so that you can continue to take care of others without resentment.

Do you feel stuck? In the grip of creative blockages or a lack of inspiration? Do not force. Sit back, relax and let it flow. Be kinder to yourself! No one wants to create in a hostile environment, especially one of your own making. If you are weighed down by the possibilities of failure or criticism from others, you will never be able to create your masterpiece. It’s time to go back to the proverbial drawing board and create for the sake of creating, without heavy expectations. Maybe no one needs to know what you’re doing right now. It’s time to create yourself. When you can be in that frame of mind, honey, inspiration will come so much easier.

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