The Meaning of the Empress
The Tarot Empress card meaning in a nutshell:
Major Arcana Tarot Card in Readings
The gentle power that still rules,
almost unnoticed and rarely opposed.
Benefactor — gentle power.
The Tarot Empress is a ruler, make no mistake about that, but a gentle one getting her will by peaceful means. She suggests and convinces, making her choices seem like the only reasonable ones. Quite often they are. If you follow the Tarot Empress you will have a pleasant ride, but if you oppose her it will all be uphill.
While the Tarot Emperor is armed for battle and eager to engage in it, the Empress remains on her throne, relaxed, getting things done seemingly without any effort. If the Emperor is a warrior, she's a politician. He might win the war, but the Tarot Empress controls the land during the peace that follows.
The ways of the Tarot Empress are so soft and gentle that even her enemies feel blessed, while she strips them of their power and turns them into loyal subjects, whether they are aware of it or not.
The Tarot Empress is what's called the enlightened monarch, an expression used (and debated) for rulers, especially of the late 18th century, who had cultural and academic ambitions for their countries inspired by the ideas of the Enlightenment. One such monarch was Catherine the Great of Russia, who is portrayed in all her splendor on the painting below by Alexander Roslin in 1777.
Catherine the Great of Russia. One of the so-called enlightened monarchs, allegedly using wisdom instead of brute force to rule. Painting by Alexander Roslin, 1777.
The Empress Card as a Person
If the Tarot Empress card represents a person in a divination spread, which it usually does, it's somebody very resourceful that you do best to humor and get on your side — or listen carefully to, if that's not going to happen. The Empress is kind at heart, you will find. So, there is no reason to protest. If you're just polite, all will be good.
The Empress Card as an Event
If the Tarot Empress card represents an event, it calls for calmness and careful consideration of the choices of action, since things are much more delicate than they may seem. Also, it suggests that you accomplish much more by gentleness than brute force, even if you are able to do the latter. Search not to win, but for a win-win solution. Everyone will praise you for it.
The Empress Card as You
If the Tarot Empress card has a position in the divination spread referring to you, it means you have the Empress qualities — be it temporarily or constantly. You are the cooling influence on any heated situation, the one trusted to find the peaceful solution even to a problem involving a lot of calamity. Others do well to follow your gentle lead, and several of them understand that.
A. E. Waite about the Tarot Empress Card
Click the header to read what A. E. Waite had to say about the Major Arcana Empress Tarot card symbolism and meaning in divination.
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