Empress Tarot Card meanings

empress tarot card meaning

Empress Tarot Card Meanings and Keywords:

The Empress tarot card meanings in traditional tarot stem from its connection to both Astrology and Numerology. The Empress tarot card can mean:


Pregnancy and giving birth, being a mother.

Creativity and nurturing in the home.

Intelligence and leadership.

Being beautiful and sensual.

Being abundant and healthy.

A good marriage.




Loss of lifestyle


Empress tarot card meanings and Astrology

Empress tarot card is connected to Venus, the planet that rules our heart, affection, women, love, nurturing, desire, pleasure, feminine sexuality, relationships, beauty, fashion, and art. Venus represents the fullness of womanhood and the positive influences of the women in our life. Venus is non-aggressive, leaving conflict to her cosmic lover Mars.

Venus rules both Taurus, the sign of the Hierophant, and Libra, the sign for Justice.  Both signs are associated with affection, sociability, love of beauty. The Taurean nature of Venus is more sensuous and materialistic while the Libran side is more refined and artistic. Venus is exaggerated in Pisces, which with the vibration of Neptune, the ruler of Pisces, creates heighten spiritual experiences. Learn more about Venus in astrology on Cafe Astrology website here. 

Empress as the Kitsune Archetype

The Kitsune is a fascinating archetype deeply rooted in Japanese folklore and mythology. Kitsune, which translates to “fox” in Japanese, is often portrayed as a shape-shifting fox spirit with intelligence and magical abilities. Just like the Empress tarot card, Kitsune is associated with femininity and this archetype is often depicted as seductive and alluring. Both Empress and Kitsune speak of the power of attraction.

The Kitsune archetype is sometimes considered spiritual beings with connections to Shinto and Buddhist traditions. In certain contexts, they are seen as messengers of the rice deity Inari. This aspect of the archetype represents a bridge between the earthly and spiritual realms. Rice is a symbol of wealth and fortune, symbols also associated with the Empress card.

The more tails a Kitsune has, the older, wiser, and more potent it is believed to be. A nine-tailed fox is considered exceptionally powerful and is associated with great wisdom and magical abilities. Empress tarot card is slow moving energy, denoting that wisdom comes with experiencing life.

You can learn more about Kitsune on the Mythical Creature Guide Website here.

Empress In The Vision Quest

Empress speaks of the merging of the Masculine and Feminine in the vision quest, which is why the Empress is holding a wand. This vision quest is described in an old Norse story about Völund the smith. He turns himself into a valkyrie after sharing precious mead with his Soul (High Priestess). He flies out of the vision quest, but first he tells the Downstairs King (Subconscious) what he has done. The Downstairs King is the Emperor tarot card. You can read all about Völund the smith here.

Empress tarot card meanings upright

Watch Tarotingie talk about the Empress tarot card on her Youtube channel here. 

Empress tarot card meanings in a general reading

Empress tarot card represents feminine power, a nurturer, and a family-oriented person. It speaks of our mother or a mother figure, abundance, femininity, fertility, and the love of the home and family. This card also speaks of being very empowered both in our feminine and masculine energies.

Empress tarot card meanings in a love reading

In a love reading, the Empress tarot card signifies long-lasting love and loyalty. This card speaks of love that is very unconditional. The Seeker has a lot to give in personal relationships.

Empress tarot card meanings in a career reading

In a career reading, the Empress tarot card denotes careers in the beauty and fashion industry. Empress tarot card also signifies working from home. The Empress is also very intelligent and can do well in any career where she can use her intellect and creativity.

The Empress tarot card meanings as feelings

The Empress tarot card speaks of unconditional love. This is the love that heals and makes whole. This is the love that lasts in good times and in bad times. This is the love that lasts until the end of time. This is love that stays pure and it never grows old. This is love that heals and is strong.

Empress tarot card meanings as Personality types

The Empress card speaks of someone who is very warm, intelligent loving, charismatic, and beautiful. This is someone who loves deeply. They often make very good partners and parents.

Empress tarot card meanings reversed

Empress tarot card meanings reversed can speak of neglect where there should be nurturing. The nurturing instincts could be lacking in the situation. This card often shows up reversed when the Seeker is feeling self-conscious about their appearance. They could be very judgemental of themselves when this card shows up reversed.

Empress tarot card meanings reversed as Personality types

The reversed meanings of the tarot cards often speaks of the Seeker acting out due to being under a lot of stress. This can bring out the shadow aspect of the person. 

The Empress tarot card reversed can denote someone who feels alone.  It can speak of someone who doesn’t believe in their own beauty. They sometimes hide their light and make themselves less attractive on purpose. They are often scared of love and they are afraid of attention. They don’t believe they deserve it.

Empress tarot card combinations

Some important tarot card combinations including the Empress.

The Empress(III) + The Hierophant: A bride. A wedding. 

The Empress(III) + The Chariot: Success in the beauty industry.

The Empress(III) + Strength: A healer. 

The Empress(III) + Five of pentacles: Loneliness. 

The Empress(III) + Nine of Pentacles: A beautiful home and garden. 

The Empress(III) + Ten of pentacles: A strong family. 

The Empress(III) + Page of pentacles: A model. Modeling. 

The Empress(III) + Knight of pentacles: Changing your career to be more abundant. 

The Empress(III) + King of pentacles: Great riches. Success in the home and in a career. 

The Empress(III) + Six of cups: Happy children. 

The Empress(III) + Eight of cups: Finding your dream. 

The Empress(III) + Queen of cups: Natural therapist. 

The Empress(III) + Five of swords: Feeling unattractive. 

The Empress(III) + Six of swords: Moving to a beautiful location. 

The Empress(III) + Queen of swords: Career orientation. 

The Empress(III) + Ace of wands: Birth of a business plan. Birth of a creative idea. 

The Empress(III) + Seven of wands: Protecting your family. 

The Empress(III) + Page of wands: Photography. 

Empress tarot card meanings summary

Empress tarot card meanings denote beauty, harmony, love, motherhood, parenting, family, nurturing, good health, and abundance. The Empress manifests abundance through nurturing and caring for others, showing others love and appreciation and creating an oasis of comfort and safety. The Empress is a very positive tarot card as it signifies the Seeker’s well-being operating at optimum levels.

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