The Empress: Predictive Tarot Card Meanings

Abundance, Birth, Fertility, Growth, Mothers, Sisters, Wives, Pregnancy, Reassurance, Results, Stability 

There is no getting away from the fact that The Empress can represent a literal conception. If you are female you could find yourself with a bun in their oven. Alternatively, it can mean that someone close to you (such as a sister, daughter or friend) will become pregnant.

   
  
 
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    In a Tarot card reading, The Empress in a spread can be a symbol of pregnancy, abundance and child birth. This post includes a vintage and modern fortune telling meanings of The Empress, ideal for the advanced reader or those just learning the cards. These interpretations can be used with any of the decks (Rider Waite, Marseilles etc). Cards used in post are The Empress from Dame Darcy’s Mermaid Tarot deck. 

I should warn that pregnancy is not the same as a birth. Even in the modern world, a large number of pregnancies end in miscarriage. Therefore, before you predict a baby look for evidence of a live birth. If an Ace or a celebratory card follows The Empress this is an encouraging sign (however, the lack of one does not always mean there will be problems).

Babies aside, there is always the possibility that a conception will not be literal. Perhaps you must ‘birth’ an idea into reality in the form of a project. The Empress represents your thoughts coming out of a dark cave and into the open. The Empress is more concrete and visible than the Major cards we have met so far.

The Empress also appears as a way to give you reassurance. The risks you take and the work you put in will pay off in the end. Finances are set to improve. You’ll have plenty of harvest and abundance in the future so this should not be something to worry about.

There will be times when The Empress appears as a negative or something working against you in a Tarot spread position. I have found that usually this means that female family members will interfere in your plans. If you think there is another individual interfering in your relationship, there is a 'Other People' spread in my Love Tarot Spreads e-book. Check that out here

Alternatively, The Empress can mean that any issues you have are down to your own emotions and Tarot is reassuring you that they are not as bad as they seem. 

The Empress' Historical Meaning

In pre-modern times, The Empress represented action being taken. You will not longer think about a good life or improvements you want to make, you will do something about it. You may decide to visit the bank for a business loan or join an online dating site. During the period this card marks, you will no longer wait to be happy, but create your own happiness.    

The Empress in a Love Reading

The Empress is obviously a positive omen for love as it is a pregnancy card. If you’re wishing to take your relationship to the next level, then The Empress will be a welcomed feature on your reading table. When she appears in the outcome position, it means that you and your partner will be fine for the foreseeable future and you do not have to worry too much about the relationship’s long-term prospects.

If you have asked what someone's feelings are towards you, this card means that they have nothing but loving and nurturing intentions, especially if they are female. If you want to know whether an ex is coming back, The Empress is a positive omen for lovers returning (spreads specifically for exes returning is something I have in the Love Tarot Spreads e-book). 

The Empress in a Business Reading

The Empress is a very desirable card to get in a business or career reading. She predicts long-term growth and stability for your company especially if she happens to land in an outcome position. Everything you sow will come to fruition and you will reap the rewards. 

The Empress is good if you feel like you have been going nowhere in your business; this is not the case. This card can symbolize the SEO finally kicking in and your name eventually getting out there. Therefore, do not question your ability to build an amazing future for yourself and you company. Great things are going to sprout and grow. 

The Empress as a Yes or No 

The Empress is usually a yes especially if you're asking about something which has the potential for growth and development. 

The Empress in a Positive Reading

In a positive reading, The Empress can predict;

- Financial abundance  

- Pregnancy and birth  

- Desirable results

- Reassurance   

- Supportive females

The Empress in a Negative Reading

In a more negative reading or spread position, The Empress can predict;

-  Problem Pregnancy  

- Unwanted Pregnancy

- Clinginess  

- Results you did not ask for   

- Unsupportive females   

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Cards used in post is The Empress from Dame Darcy’s Mermaid Tarot deck


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    In a Tarot card reading, The Empress in a spread can be a symbol of pregnancy, abundance and child birth. This post includes a vintage and modern fortune telling meanings of The Empress, ideal for the advanced reader or those just learning the cards. These interpretations can be used with any of the decks (Rider Waite, Marseilles etc). Cards used in post are The Empress from Dame Darcy’s Mermaid Tarot deck. 

In a Tarot card reading, The Empress in a spread can be a symbol of pregnancy, abundance and child birth. This post includes a vintage and modern fortune telling meanings of The Empress, ideal for the advanced reader or those just learning the cards. These interpretations can be used with any of the decks (Rider Waite, Marseilles etc). Cards used in post are The Empress from Dame Darcy’s Mermaid Tarot deck.