The EmpressThis is the most feminine and fertile card of the Tarot. It represents the external feminine — Mother Nature, Gaia. It represents the internal feminine — the anima.

You are entering a fertile period in your life. You could be pregnant (especially with the Ace of Rods), or making something beautiful. Your symbolic and literal garden flourishes with this card. Birds sing. The sun shines. Happy worms play in the dirt. All of Nature works in harmony to produce beauty and fruitfulness. Enjoy this time!


In a spread, the Empress adds feminine strength to the cards around it.

Major Arcana

Magician: If the Empress comes before the Magician (Cobbler or Magus in other decks), diplomacy will bring success.
Chariot: When the Empress comes before the Chariot, there will be a decisive victory in material matters.
Star: When the Empress comes after the Star, it suggests a happy, ordered, and tranquil existence.

Minor Arcana

Ace of Rods (Wands, Staves, Clubs): If the Empress shows with the Ace of Rods (Wands, Staves, or Clubs in other decks), it indicates pregnancy.

The Major Arcana

The twenty-two cards of the Major Arcana tend to hold the big lessons. These cards carry powerful messages. If you are reading a spread of cards, watch for the Major Arcana. If your spread contains more than 30% Major Arcana, you are in the midst of something big, or beyond your control. If most of the cards in the spread are from the Major Arcana, you might be trying to exert too much control. You might have trouble expressing your feelings, or you might be near your breaking point. A spread without any Major Arcana cards could indicate you are hiding from the truth of the issue, or are in some deep distress. If this is the case, it is important to find someone you can trust to guide you through this period of time. In a spread, focus most of your attention on the Major Arcana. The other cards will be useful for clarifying the situation.

Number — 3

Three is a number of creativity, cooperation, and integration.

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