The Empress Tarot Card Meanings

The Empress tarot card image
The Empress (Reversed)

Ideas: Immaturity, infertility, self-care

Traits: Frugal, moderate, modest, patient, prudent, rational, uncreative

Emotions: Embarrassment, frustration, neglect, shame, uneasiness

  • Actions:
    • Balancing saving and spending
    • Developing motherly qualities within yourself
    • Enjoying worldly pleasures sparingly
    • Honing your creativity skills
    • Improving your body and health
    • Saving resources for higher priority activities
    • Taking care of your needs first
    • Working your way through obstacles
The Empress (Upright, Balanced)

Ideas: Fertility, fruition, luxury, productivity

Traits: Aesthetic, attractive, creative, elegant, generous, healthy, maternal, resourceful, sensual, warm

Emotions: Caring, contentment, enjoyment, love, optimism, pleasure

  • Actions:
    • Celebrating your body
    • Collecting or obtaining resources
    • Getting things done
    • Mothering those around you in positive ways
    • Nurturing yourself and others
    • Producing positive results
    • Reveling in luxury
The Empress (Upright, Excessive)

Ideas: Addiction, show-off, vanity

Traits: Conceited, extravagant, greedy, impulsive, indulgent, money-minded, obsessive

Emotions: Envy, jealousy, lust, pride

  • Actions:
    • Admiring your own appearance
    • Being overcome by addictive behavior
    • Catering for others but yourself
    • Debilitating someone by being overprotective
    • Inhibiting productivity by obsessing on productivity
    • Overindulging in material things
    • Showing off with expensive things
    • Smothering someone with attention

The Empress’s Advice

Personal Growth

Your attitudes towards women (and your insights into your own feminine qualities) are likely rooted in early experiences. How can you emulate the best female role models you’ve encountered? How can you transcend female influences that harm or hold you back?


Without going overboard, revel in your sensuality. Take care you don’t produce more than you intended; the moment is pregnant with possibility. Be lavish with demonstrations of affection. Watch for what a friend or partner needs, and then supply it in abundance.


Now is the time to get things done. Wrap up projects. Ask for resources. Meet deadlines. Move ahead. During this time of growth and expansion, be sure you have the skills and training you need. In the meantime, don’t mistake a headlong rush for focused, verifiable progress.


Women are the figurative and literal door to this world. This moment, too, can be a door for you—a threshold you cross into a new awareness. Watch for physical ways to express your spiritual insights. Reconnect with nurturing, feminine images of divinity, including nature.

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