When you feel you are being moved by the creative spirit, you are in fact being moved by the divine feminine. – Teri Degler
Empress tarot Keywords: emotions, self expression, or short and long distance trips, true love, intuition, art, creativity, socialising, abundance, mother
Reverse: emotional stifling, creative blocks, codependency, imbalance, materialism, unconditional love.
Surrounded by the flourishing and abundant nature (symbolising her emotional depth and resonance with mother Earth), sits the Empress exuding peace, femininity and a serene aura. She wears a long soft flowing frock covered in pomegranates (fertility) and a crown of stars, which represent her honest intuitive understanding of the skies above (cosmic connection).
We also see the symbol for Venus (Goddess of love/beauty) by her side and here we realise this woman forebodes the true essence of beauty, love and creativity – Abundance through connection with the universe.
The Empress card is an expression of the female creative energy and heralds abundance in artist pursuits, sincere heart love, feminine energy and ignited intuitive powers. As Earth mother she is guiding the querent towards nature, nurturing, caring and inner beauty. She wants you to nurture yourself, others and in particular your closest relationship – especially your child. She is calling you to tap into your feminine essence of natural beauty and love to bring you closer to a more peaceful and calmer life.
Creativity and passion and the arts are highlighted when the Empress appears. She is the giver of new ideas that are creative from the inner stillness that derives from nature and the universal intelligence.
She is heeding you to be aware of imbalances in your life and to move back into the feminine to overcome obstacles in all areas of life. She is here to assist you in the creative process and to remind you that your soul (not money or materialism or fame) is the vital director of true artistry.
In Love the Empress is symbolising the softness and strength of the feminine power. She is also indicative of unconditional love. She reminds us that unconditional love is the way of following the heart, not the mental chatter.
However, it is always wise to remember that unconditional love does not mean self sacrifice – love is an expression of the heart but is able to be discerning. To follow the heart does not mean to tolerate non-loving behaviour.
If in a relationship it may be saying you are about to go into a deeper, richer, more intimate level of emotional and spiritual union. The Empress is sensual and if your relationship is one based on sincere emotions this indicates the potential of a deep fulfilling relationship.
If the card is reversed it may indicate any relationship that is based on sexual gratification, materialism, ego fulfillment may not be sustained any longer. The Empress deserves the fruits and beauty of rich love that goes beyond (but is inclusive of) passion alone.
If single the Empress foretells a time of sharing and joy with a person of equal creative and emotional desire as your own. It suggests that someone you have met or are about to meet will be an equal and will have the potential to meet your emotional and sensual needs on an honest and enriching level.
There may be a time of healing and union. You will be introduced to a new way, new ideas will be flowing to you and your heart will open up.
If reversed it may be heeding you to get in touch with your inner femininity and be less masculine in your approach to love. Be aware of shallow sexual pursuits and allow your intuition to direct you through any new encounters.
In business, goals and projects the Empress is tiding a time of abundance and reward. She has displayed openness, calmness and true community and mother spirit in her work and may now be in position to be rewarded.
If things have been in struggle mode she is asking you to be more creative – to spend time taping into your natural state and to discover more genuine artistic richness. Let the external desires for fulfillment move aside and create from a base level of spirit.
New ideas are coming through and with the Empress, you can change any situation into an abundant one if you let go of materialism and move deeper into your spirit.
The Empress also receives help from the community, as she has become so attractive in her calm and feminine way that she draws people to her unconsciously. She uses the intelligence and softness of her nature and beauty (not sex but sensual) to create an environment that is warm and inviting.
This energy is the force of powerful alignment with truth, love and the universe, the Empress reminds us that with practice we can make this our natural state and therefore live in flow with mother Earth and the energy of true abundance.
Spiritually, the Empress may be forewarning a divine intervention – if you have moving from a soul level, have been making choices that benefit all around you – something extraordinary may occur that leaves you wondering “Wow, how did that happen? I must have done something right”. Yes you have and the universe is sending you a miracle to move you closer to your goal.
The purpose of life is to awaken, it is not anything external – they are just ego tests that we give to ourselves along our journey to help us move closer to our true self and our awakening. The Empress is reminding us of this and calling us to move back into mother nature to surrender to the natural laws of nature.
When we visit nature (intimately) we not only heal but we connect to our true creative potential.
The stars of the Empresses crown guide her towards her truth through intuition and foresight. The abundant nature and flowing river preserves her inner calm and helps her move towards her goal peacefully and confidently.
The Empress also comes to us to remind us of our inner beauty and to express it in our lives. Her dress of pomegranates (fertility) is soft and flowing and this is a symbol of our need to recognise the way we are in the world, our genuineness.
Bring forward the inner feminine beauty to your consciousness. Do this creatively from the true essence of your soul. You will bring in more fulfilling circumstance, genuine people who want to join you in the dance of awareness and growth.
This is your true power. Your inner light, your true creative mother nurturer self. Be the love, be the beauty and you will see your life flow naturally and with ease.
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