The Empress – Key 3 – Major Arcana
The Empress is the mother or the doorway through which the soul enters the world.

The Empress – Key 3 – Major Arcana

The Empress is the mother archetype in the Tarot. She is nurturing, loving, fertile and creative. She is the mother archetype and the means by which the Fool comes into the World.

The Empress. Rider Waite Tarot.
The Empress. Rider Waite Tarot.

When The Empress card is drawn she asks you if you are looking after yourself? It is so essential, for us to take care of ourselves.

When I was working as a Flight Attendant, we used to remind everyone during the safety briefing ” Please put on your own Oxygen Mask before you assist anyone.” We can only care for others if we are in a position of health and stability. The Empress is a reminder to put on your oxygen mask First!! Do take care of your physical body- go for a massage, pamper yourself.

The Empress sits on a pillow that is shaped like a heart, bearing the glyph of Venus. As the goddess of love Venus, she is sensual and follows her heart. She reminds you, to do the same. Sometimes it is essential to indulge yourself and follow your soul’s desires. She is the creativity that flows and is a contrast to The Emperor who is the discipline that strengthens.

The Empress sits in a lush cornfield with a waterfall in the background. She is garbed in a gown, as pregnant women in the era would wear. On her head is a crown made of twelve stars, which represent the signs of the Zodiac.

The Empress is an indication of the abundance that is coming your way. You are about to enter a period of growth and fertility. Dream big, take a longer view of things so that you can benefit from the phase of plentitude.

Meditation On The EmpressMeditation on The Empress

“With every act of self-care your authentic self gets stronger, and the critical, fearful mind gets weaker. Every act of self-care is a powerful declaration: I am on my side, I am on my side, each day I am more and more on my own side.”– Susan Weiss Berry

  1. How do you take care of yourself? What gives you joy?
  2. What is your idea of mothering? How were you mothered?
  3. What are you looking to create? How do you plan to nourish this baby so that it can grow into an entity?

Images Used on The Site. Illustrations from the Rider-Waite Tarot Deck, known also as the Rider Tarot and the Waite Tarot, reproduced by permission of U.S. Games Systems, Inc., Stamford, CT 06902. c. 1971 by U.S. Games Systems, Inc. All rights reserved. The Rider-Waite Tarot deck is a registered trademark of U.S. Games Systems, Inc.

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