3 The Empress
Positive: Mother. Fertility. Abundance. Luxury.
Negative: Greed. Excessive Materialism. Smothering. Unproductive.
Qabalah: Daleth (Door).
Archetypes: Mother Nature. Divine Mother. Creatrix. Anima. Wife. Lover.
Herbs: Daffodil, Hazel, Mistletoe, Olive, Sunflower.
Crystal: Peridot, Turquoise.
Introduction: The Empress is an archetype of feminine power; she is watery, hard to fathom, mysterious, fertile, and sexual. She augurs a need for us to be in touch with our feminine side, to listen to our intuition, and to give priority to our emotions an passions. She can signify coming abundance.
General: People are going to be more attracted to you than usual (in every sense) and you are likely to find people on your doorstep, wanting your advice/your shoulder to cry on. This will be beneficial to you because you are now going to be able to see yourself more in the way that others see you – as someone with wisdom, and a lot to offer. So share your hard-won perspectives on life, know that your wisdom and caring is valuable.
Work: Things should be going very well for you. People will be inspired by your ideas, your passions, and your way of doing things. Let your ‘inner voice’ guide you in how you operate. The empress directs us to follow our bliss, and that the rest will follow.
Love: This is a potent time for love, you may find that men and women alike are suddenly finding you far more attractive (both in terms of friendship and romance,) and you will want to be careful with how you use this power, as it’s very potent. If you are single, this is a time when love – true love – could very well come your way. Committed relationships often become sweeter, deeper, and truer under this influence.
Health: If you’re trying to get pregnant; this is an excellent sign that this may be forthcoming. If you’re not ready to be a parent and pregnancy is a possibility for you, this is a time when you want to be triply careful. If you’re having health issues of any kind, ponder them from a different point of view; what is your body trying to tell you? Consider adding some sort of naturopathic or homeopathic approach to your health regime.
Finances: This card shows an excellent time to make investments, follow your instincts about them. Money should be flowing very well. Be sure to “keep the flow going” by putting back out a little of what you have, to a person or cause that is important to you. Share your abundance.
Spirituality: Your intuition may well be trying to send you a message during this time also. It will be important to listen closely to it now and if that requires that you make time alone, even though there are others that need you, then making time alone needs to be a priority. Heed any messages or warnings that seem to come to you now through your “inner voice.”
The Empress Reversed
Introduction: When reversed, the Empress still indicates feminine power and feminine energies; these are subtle, mysterious, fertile, and sexual. When she appears in reverse in your reading, it can indicate that you are placing too much emphasis on your masculine energies, and have a need to give attention to your feminine side. We all have both masculine and feminine energies inside.
General: You may have the mistaken idea at your deepest levels that you are not very attractive. If you are feeling this way, give the matter some thought and recheck. You have things to offer on every level – give yourself some credit. The Empress reversed suggests that you need to get more in touch with the love and happiness that flows within you. Meditate.
Work: When this card comes up in reverse in relation to a work question, it says that your work is well appreciated and well-received, but that you may not be aware of this. Realize that others in your work environment trust you and trust your work. Return the favor where it is warranted.
Love: When the Empress appears in a love-related reading, you could suddenly find yourself being pursued by several prospective lovers. If you are in a committed relationship, this card reminds you even when reversed to pay particular attention to your intuition about the relationship. Again, the message of the Empress is to trust your instincts and your intuition, and follow your heart. If you do not you will one day regret it.
Health: When it comes to your health, the reversed Empress often indicates that your subconscious has messages for you which you aren’t hearing yet. Get quiet and listen. Sometimes health-oriented information can come to you in what seems to be really bizarre ways, for instance, a neighbor may for some reason start speaking to you about someone who was “allergic to ketchup, yet really liked it…” Look for clues both inside and outside yourself for ways in which you can do a better job of supporting your health.
Finances: There are times in life where you really don’t have to understand the mechanics of how some things work, you merely have to have the proper spiritual understanding about them. This is one of those times. When this card appears in reverse in the context of a reading about finances, pay attention to your prosperity consciousness. Trust the universe to meet your needs. Know that this is an abundant universe. Then do your part; that’s all you have to do. “Crunching the numbers” is only going to give you part of the picture now.
Spirituality: When the Empress appears in reversal regarding questions of spirituality, this indicates that women have a lot to offer you now. Pay particular attention to what the women in your life have to say and their thoughts on spirituality; seek out female authors if you’re looking for inspiration. Feminine energy will benefit you now, regardless of your own gender.