We all have a mother. Some one, some where, gave birth to each of us. When that energy is lacking in our lives, we can feel it – we miss that mothering feeling, and even when we are adults we want someone to guide and care for us like a mother does. When that energy is present, we feel firmly planted in our roots, ready to launch from a firm base. The Empress represents that energy.
The woman in the Empress card is seated on a plush throne, more like a luxurious recliner than a rigid, ceremonial chair. Her flowing blonde curls wrap around her plump face, the additional body weight being a sign of prosperity and wealth. Her crown is filled with stars, and she holds her sceptre up high to showcase her royal dominance. She lounges in a wheat field, the stalks growing at her feet, and a river runs by her. Truly, this woman has it all.
The Empress is the very seat of feminine energy and power. She symbolizes what is commonly referred to as “mothering energy” - the stage of a woman's life where she becomes a mother, and draws her power from that status. Caring, loving, commanding, and leading in a way that only a woman can – this is the quintessential mother. This is very often called the Mother card, and is a sign that this energy will be visiting your life very soon. It's also possible that this card is a call to action, requesting that you take on the mothering mantle yourself. See where the mothering energy is present or required in your own life. Similarly, this card is the card of growth and fertility – it signals new life, and maturation of the elements in and around you. Many people see this card just before they learn of a pregnancy, so do not take the energy of this card lightly!
Besides the feminine energy, we can derive some fairly positive meaning from the Empress's surroundings. She thrives from the center of abundance. She has food to eat from the field, water to drink from the river, and she is the leader of all of it. She allows herself to delight in her opulence, but never indulges in it. She holds her sceptre high to remind us that her power and guidance is foremost in her life – she guides her kingdom with a steady, even hand.
When you come across the Empress in a reading, ask yourself a few things. Where is that “mother energy” present in you life? Is it needed? Requested? Required? Where is the new growth and maturation present? What steps do you need to take to reach the opulence and strength that the Empress represents? How comfortable are you with your own feminine energy? (Yes, men have feminine energy too.)
Both the Nine of Cups and the Seven of Pentacles are similar to the Empress is a material fashion. The Nine of Cups shows satisfaction in “having it all”, but it might also refer to over-indulgence, which the Empress would never partake in. The Seven of Pentacles shares that opulence, and even shares the feminine energy – many consider the Empress to be a stronger, more driven form of the Seven of Pentacles.