Empress Tarot Card meanings

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Empress tarot card meanings
Empress: Abundance

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.




Poor health


Symbolism in Empress tarot card

A crown of 12 stars symbolises the 12 signs of the Zodiac. The yellow background symbolises her intellect. This symbolises the loving nature of the Empress as the nurturer and the mother. The wheat and the pomegranates indicate abundance. The pomegranates reveal their red seeds, a symbol of sexuality and fertility. The lush surroundings symbolise the Empress connection to the earth and her fertility. The waterfall symbolises being in the flow of abundance and happiness. The rod symbolises her ability to create. Her luxurious cushion indicates a beautiful home. The glyph of Venus on her heart-shaped shield symbolises the Empress sensual nature.

Empress tarot card 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.

Empress tarot card meanings upright

Empress in a general reading

Empress tarot card represents feminine power, a nurturer and a family oriented person, our mother or a mother figure, abundance, femininity, fertility and the love of the home and family. The Empress is very sensual and confident in her own skin. She owns her own beauty. She is creative and nurturing and in touch with her own inner feelings. She loves luxury and beauty. This card ensures you that it is time to act upon your plans. You are attractive and can attract what you want and need. You are endlessly abundant in this moment. This is a very favourable card if you want to have a child, give birth to a business/project, create a home, renovate, attract a partner, romance, friendship and art.

Empress in a love reading

In a love reading, the Empress tarot card signifies long-lasting love and loyalty. This is your happily ever after tarot-card. If the seeker is single, they will soon meet someone who will love them unconditionally.

Empress in a career reading

In a career reading, the Empress denotes careers in the beauty and fashion industry. Empress tarot card also signifies working from home.

The Empress as feelings

The Empress 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.

If you are asking how someone is feeling about you and you get the Empress card, then the person has unconditional love for you. There is an abundance of love here and there is also a nurturing quality to this love that seeks to smooth, heal, and make whole again

Learn what the Empress tarot card means in the Grand Tableau. 

Personality types in Empress tarot card

The Empress speaks of someone who is very warm, sensual, loving, charismatic and beautiful. This is someone who loves deeply and openly shows their affections towards others. They are very creative people with nurturing instincts. Intelligent and artistic they often do very well in the professional world. Empress people love artful pursuits and turn their surroundings into a beautiful haven. They care for the environment and everything that is alive. They make excellent parents and are very determined to get things done.

Empress tarot card meanings
Empress: Abundance

Empress tarot card meanings reversed

Empress tarot card meanings reversed indicate neglect and a lack of attention where there should be nurturing. She can represent a mother who gives little affection and hardly any protection to her child. The child can also symbolise a project, a relationship, an enterprise, the home and a business that need attention but are instead being left unattended. There might even be an abandonment of a child, the family and the home when this card shows up reversed. Her motherly and nurturing instincts are gone, even destroyed and actively prevented. This woman might even be lost in promiscuity and seduction, with a lack of love and care. This card often shows up reversed when the querent is feeling unattractive.

Personality types in reversed Empress tarot card

The Empress reversed denotes someone promiscuous, who feels alone and is often a worrywart. This is someone who is desperate for love and often goes looking for it in all the wrong places. Rather than making everyone feel comfortable, Empress reversed is needy and hard work. This card reversed can also indicate someone with ill-health due to emotional issues.

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) + The Devil: IVF.

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. Modelling. 

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.

Learn what the Empress tarot card means as a final card in a love reading.

100 thoughts on “Empress Tarot Card meanings”

  1. What does the combination of the Empress with queen of pentacles mean? I’m having relationship issues and this is what I got in a two card reading.

  2. Hi, Rui. Did the cards have specific card positions as well, or did you do a 3 card draw without using a specific spread? Did you use the whole deck, or only the Major Arcana cards? :) If you used the whole deck, and only Major arcanas showed up it can mean you feel you can’t influence your love life as much as you would like to, however, the flow you are experiencing is taking you exactly to where you need to be (wheel of fortune) and will give you what you want in love. :)

  3. Hi, thank you Inger, for your feedback..
    I did only the major Arcana cards since that is what I have available. What you suggest seems so right to my situation… I am happy if it will work out naturally.

  4. Love this info. In a 3-card combination, what does it mean getting the empress+page of swords+the fool in regards to family/baby question.

  5. Hello,

    I asked about my health. I drew a 3 card spread. For my past, I received the ace of swords, empress, and judgement for future.
    This is the Rider Waite/ aquatic series.

  6. Hi, if wanting to become pregnant, this is a very positive card combination :) In a question of pregnancy, the Fool often represent a fetus. Page of swords speak of a very intelligent child :)

  7. For 4 months the Empress hasn’t left me. She is always there when I draw for myself or when others read my tarot. The 6 of Cups come shockingly close. Any suggestions? Do cards stalk you?

  8. Hi, Gigi. Yes, cards can definitely stalk you :) I find that sometimes there are people that have crossed over that will use the cards to communicate that they are still with us. The Empress could be a sign from a loving mother figure you have on the other side…. I also feel that the Empress is telling you about hidden qualities within you and that these will come forward. When they do, you will find that you are extremely charismatic and people will be drawn to you like a moth to a flame. I also see the Empress as the ultimate business card, so you might find yourself doing well in the business world as well :D

  9. Hi Inger:

    Today I drawn the IV of cups and I asked is this have to do with an Angel Coin that I find in my old purse (plum color) when I was changing my stuff to the new purse (yellow color) and the cards I received as the answer was the Knight of Wands and the Empress. What this mean? Thanks

  10. I believe this means someone will soon be reaching out for you to get your attention in some way. This person might already be doing it without you noticing the full significance…..:)

  11. Hi ? I did a 3 card spread for mind/heart/spirit and what came up was the ace of pentacles, empress, page of cups. What do you think this means? Thank you Inger ?

  12. Hi Inger
    I did a mind/heart//spirit spread and pulled ace of pentacles/empress/page of cups. Could you tell me what you think that means? Thank you :)

  13. Hi, Melissa. I like your cards. I believe your mind though would like more of an intellectual challenge. It could mean you will be drawn to do more study and learn something that really interests you, that also will fulfil your heart and spirit.

  14. Hello Inger,

    What does the empress mean in a three card spread with knight of pentscles and ten of cups? I met someone new and the atttaction is strong. What type of attraction is this?

  15. Dear Inger,
    If the Empress keeps coming up in various
    of the “pregnancy” combinations what
    kind of time frame is possible?
    I keep getting those combinations,
    though my boyfriend and I have not
    even tried specifically or made any plans.
    Would appreciate your thoughts and experiences : )
    Thank you kindly in advance

  16. Hi, Cindy. The Empress can also mean you are in a very happy and abundant relationship. The Empress with the Fool or the Empress with the Sun can mean a child is on the way :)

  17. Hi Inger, my draw was about if a guy misses me or thinking about me I had the 5 of cups with the empress what do you think?

  18. I just want to say reading all the questions and answers have been so helpful to me. I am not that good of a reader but I am teaching myself and it will take a little time but I will get to where I want to be with the cards. I want to say I am so glad I came across your site.

  19. hi Inger for love reading a man i just met first card was Page of pentacles, the Empress, 8 swords, Temperance, the high Priestess ( Im not sure he is interested ) i covered the 8 swords with temperance for more info ? what do you think?

  20. Hi- I drew Empress for near future, two of cups for recent past, chariot for issues, ace of pentacle for loved one, temperance for love advice and the lovers as outcome. my question was how my significant other feels for me, since we’ve been going through a rough spot… The moon was in there too as current situation. I’m thinking this means we will resolve our differences and have a more solid relationship in the future, although He does have issues with being guarded intimately, and i’m thinking thats the chariot. Higher power card was two of wands… I wonder if the moon means he has been deceptive, and that will cease, or if the lovers card is representing a choice between two lovers in the future. What do you think?

  21. Hi I am a Sagittarius sunsign girl I pulled out 3 cards.. The lovers , the devil and the empress … What does it mean. I love a friend but he doesn’t tell how he feels about me , he is very cautious (Taurus guy with scorpio moon ) after his last relationship. We are nothing communicating right now.

  22. HI Inger –

    I did a three card spread asking if my finances would improve soon as receive a message of:

    The Fool in past position
    The Empress in present position
    The Hirophant in future position

    I don’t receive the Hirophant often so I didn’t know what to make of the message.

    Thanks in advance.

  23. Thanks sooo much I really love this site; plan engaging more through courses beginning in May. :)

  24. Hi Inger !

    Thanks for such a great info on the web, I love it !

    I’m a bit confused about a question. I asked what my future job will be and I drew two cards.

    The empress and nine of pentacles, I can’t figure out what that will be ;-) Can you please tell me what you feel and think ?

    Love and kind regards,


  25. Hi my reading was the star,the empress,the chariot,the devil,strength and the lovers mean?

  26. Hi my cards were the king of pentacles four of swords and five of cups. Empress for clarity. I was trying to see if I should move out of state. I’m a single mom whole deck

  27. Hello Inger,

    I did a five-card ‘general’ reading for love. My pull was VERY strange.

    Past: Empress
    Present: Four of Pentacles
    Future: World
    Reason: Five of Pentacles
    Potential: Six of Pentacles

    Besides the smooth progression through the court of pentacles, in my deck green is a heavy color theme through all the cards, with six of pentacles being grey. The other cards also have grey accents. And with the exception of the five of pentacles, all have female imagery on them. All were also in a naturally upright position. What do you think on this weird draw?

  28. Hi Inger,
    I did a cross spread, and got the following cards:
    6 Cups crossed with page wands
    5 swords below
    8 Cups in the past
    King of Swords above
    Empress coming in.

    I usually read the King of Swords as my Ex, could this mean he’s going to get in touch?

  29. Hi,
    I did a 3 card spread of would there be any love coming in to my life and got. The Empress, The Sun and Six of cups. What does this mean? Thankyou

  30. Dear Inger,
    I am currently having relationship problem since all of sudden he decided to not meeting me anymore and want to stop contact with me… He said everything through text, he didn’t say it to me directly. I tried to talk with him and persuade him to keep in contact and meet me again. I did my best to save this relationship, but I don’t know what will the result become. At the moment, he said he wanted to stay quiet and be on his own. So I drew 3 cards, asking for the outcome of my efforts in this matter. I got the chariot > five of wands > the empress.
    I am not really good and defining cards, although the empress as outcome seems promising… Could you give me deeper insight about the results?
    Thank you in prior. Bless you.

  31. He could be having some financial problems and/or having a lot of stress in his life at the moment. I feel he doesn’t like the way his life is going and is comparing himself with others. Be a good friend and when he is ready, he will talk to you again. I feel like he is fighting with himself at the moment.

  32. Dear Inger,

    I understand… Problem is he is not open about it and just avoiding me out of the blue… I am not a mind reader. I just wished he could be more honest and for him to know I always be there for him…
    But as you suggested, maybe it is best to give him time for himself… I hope he willing to open communication again with me soon.
    Thank you so much for the insight. Bless you.

    Wish me luck!

  33. Dear Inger… This time he cut off communication with me completely. He blocked me in his cellphone, no reply for my emails. I know where he lives but somehow my instinct telling me not to go there and see him. Or maybe I am scared he might refuse to open his door for me… I don’t know what to do… Then I drew 3 cards again if, in any way, we can be reconcile. I got three of pentacles, the emperor and ten of cups…

  34. hello,i am new to tarot,single card draws i do fairly well with but spreads still get me.
    on a 3 card draw as a general reading i got in this order,page of pentacles,the chariot,the empress.
    some reason im having trouble putting all 3 together into one meaning.
    bless you for your time.

  35. Hi, Thomas. This card combination has to do with being mentally fulfilled either by a relationship, career, or situation you are asking about. I feel things have gotten too easy, and you need more stimulation to feel whole and complete.

  36. thank you for the reply,i was thinking along this line but couldn’t put it together right, once again, thank you

  37. Hi Inger, I recently had a reading done and the last 3 cards spread pulled at the end were:
    10 of pentacles, The Empress, and 6 of Wands (in that order). Could you please shed some light on the significance of this combination? Many thanks in advance!

  38. Hi, Nini. I feel this card combination is telling you that there will be a lot of abundance coming your way soon. I also feel you have an admirer. This card combination also speaks of having business talents.

  39. hi inger congrats for your article!
    i want to ask you what does this combo means when i asked for my future in love i haved


  40. Hello Inger,
    So I asked about pregnancy Am I or will I be and this is what I drew in order..
    The Magician Reversed
    The Empress
    I’m very worried that this is a bad thing and I surely hope not.

  41. Hello Inger,
    So I asked about pregnancy Am I or will I be and this is what I drew in order..
    The Magician Reversed
    The Empress

  42. Inger please help! All is well with me but I did reading for a neighbour trying to help her.. she was engaged, they clashed due to his ego, broke it off, she missed him after months, I told her to follow my example and call him today (bad idea) and he was so.. imperial and rude.. he even lied so as to.. look a victim and didnt apologize.. its the worst hes ever been and she did call him before work..
    Situation (whether its worth/can be saved)- Strength
    Why he did all that- Wheel of Fortune
    Advice for her- 10 of Swords
    His intentions towards her- the Fool
    Where things are going (she might confront him face to face)- 7 of Cups

    Tbh I always had nice cards for them which shocked me when I kept pulling them even today so this is result after persisting on the roots of everything.. please help

  43. All the 0s (seen in wheel of fortune, ten of cups, and the fool) speaks of god energy. She needs to pray to meet someone who will love her for real. It will be a grieving process letting this go, but she will grow spiritually and be stronger as a result.

  44. Thank you very much Inger. The Godly aspect you mentioned drew my attention. I told her to pray these days and come back when shes ready to see into it objectively together..
    Today I picked cards for her and she also picked. Their years long relations appeared as Page of Cups and (her pick) World. In both cases 5 of Wands came as Gods message/advice to her. What she should do about her relations is 2 of Swords and (her pick) 4 of Swords.
    I told her the engagement isnt meant to evolve further, as we know too many ppl meddled in their affairs and she should wait for his move few days.. the 5 of Wands however troubles me as a divine message/advice esp in contrast to the Action suggested!
    Thank you in advance!

  45. Hi. I think she really needs to stand her ground and not let go of her position so easily. She needs to represent herself as who she really is and not change to please this person. :)

  46. Hi Inger, unfortunately I had bad instincts when pulling The Empress card this morning. recently i pulled the nine of pents regarding a love interest, but i didn’t really ask for a card about her, but my intuition was telling me the universe was sending me somethin i needed to know; i just didn’t know what. so this morning i did a single card reading on clarity on her and the nine of pents i pulled, and the empress popped up and it hit me…..the first big spread(7 card) i did regarding her, nine of pents and the high priestess popped up in the same spread. I’ve been getting hunches that she was trying to get pregnant by someone we both know for a while. so when i pulled the empress this morning, my first instinct was she’s pregnant or trying to get pregnant. the reason why this is unfortunate is because me and her have never been intimate. it has been more of ‘unspoken’ just know type of thing. I’ll get back to let you know for sure, but does the empress always involve pregnancy?

  47. Hello Inger, I did the Manifest Your Life Purpose + Tarot Spread. Can you please help me with understanding these cards? Thank you kindly!!

    1. The specific life purpose talent you were born with. The Empress

    2. Your new, most inspired idea. Queen of Swords

    3. How this idea is challenged by circumstances. The World

    4. How this idea is challenged by personal fear. 10 of Wands

    5. Do this / best approach. 5 of Cups

    6. Avoid this. 8 of Pentacles

    7. A lesson you have learned in the past that you need to implement to safeguard your success. 5 of Wands

  48. Inger how would you interpret the empress coming up as a ‘challenge’ in a love reading? we aren’t in a relationship yet so this is just a crush. what does the empress mean as a challenge?

  49. Hello Inger ,

    I did a two card draw to try to establish who my guardian Angel is with a view to trusting that person more and trying to feel their presence when they have something to bring to my attention.
    The two cards were the EMPRESS AND THE 5 OF PENTACLES , MY life has been a mess for about 2 years with little income relying on friends help and everything i owned virtually sold of to live and pay my basics rent and bills .No employment a failed business and remnants of the business still mounting up debt .
    What does the spread mean and when will my life take a turn for the good ?
    This cannot go on and on much longer can it?

    Thank you and God Bless your kind Heart Inger

    Stephen Taurus / Small Wood Snake , Water

  50. Empress means you have a talent in making people feeling really special and working with people is a big part of your life purpose. I also feel you have talents in teaching.

  51. Hi, Stephen. The Empress often speaks of abundance, and next to 5 of pentacles it denotes getting more structure in your life, so I feel your guardian angel is helping you with creating order and structure in your life. I also feel you will find your true purpose in life and I feel in about 10 months time you see what is really giving your life meaning.

  52. Thank you Inger. What does position 7 a lesson you have learned in the past that you need to implement to safeguard your success. 5 of Wands mean?

  53. Hi Inger
    I picked “The Empress”, “5 of Pentacles” and “Archangel Uriel”
    what does mean this combo for my life in business/financial? I am having trouble with my business/financial for a while.

  54. That means you believe in yourself as an individual and you are not afraid of opposition and competition. You know who you are and you are not easily intimidated. You can be in all kinds of situations without losing your cool and this is why you will succeed.

  55. Hi, Jas. I feel you need to get some rest to recoup your energy, and I also feel you will be focusing on a business idea that you have had for a long time that will be successful and bring you abundance. However, I feel you will recharge first and plan your path ahead strategically so that you will succeed.

  56. Hi, Timothy. Be strong and hang in there, there is a light at the other end of this tunnel. I pulled a card for you as well, and they say to pay attention to the details in regards to your business. I got 10 of pentacles for your future so I believe you will be able to turn this situation around.

  57. Hello Inger,

    I’m new to Tarot reading.
    I pulled 3 cards asking if this guy and I have/had connection (like soulmates).

    Knight of Sword *reversed / The Empress *reversed / Death *upright

    I did it again and I got: VII Cups / Knight Cups / Justice (*all cards reversed)

    I’m really confused ;/ I would appreciate some advice ;)

  58. Hi Inger, I did a 11 card Celtic spread (topic: life path (finances/work/love) In the next 3-6 months) and The Empress Reversed came up in my near Future position with the 6 of Wands coming up in the final Outcome position.
    Any idea what the combination means?

    Thank you ?

  59. Hi. The Empress reversed can speak of a part of your life being neglected and maybe you are feeling your emotional needs are not met at this point. However, six of wands speaks of you will have success and you will be able to turn this around. I feel you will be very drawn towards education in the next months.

  60. I had cards pulled for me and these are the cards
    And order
    Nine of cups, queen or cups, the empress

  61. Hi Inger,
    I asked my deck the questions about its personality, what it felt was needed in a good reader, the area it specialised in (two of cups) and other getting to know you questions (like an interview lol)

    “How can you best help me.” Was the Question the answer was three cards instead of one I took them as they fell out quite insistently and on top of each other. They were in order the empress, ace of pentacles and 7 of cups.

    I was wondering how you would read that answer. Also would it be considered feelings or advice? Just out of curiosity. Thank you for your time. :)

  62. The empress means abundance and success and together with ace of pentacles and 7 of cups, they can help you with seeing opportunities that can bring you abundance and happiness.

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