Basic Nature of the Empress: Nurturing, loving, fertility, growth, beauty, passionate, manifestation.
The Empress is the ultimate archetype of motherhood and femininity. She is ruled by the planet Venus and can be thought of as the Mother Earth or Goddess of Fertility. Like the High Priestess, the Empress can also be represented by our inner female or the anima (the female part within men). Though both of these cards can be represented by female energy, there is a distinct difference between the two. While the High Priestess is known to be the “link” into our unconscious realm, the Empress is about manifestation and fertility. From a more literal perspective, the Empress can symbolize in a tarot reading a sign of pregnancy. However, this is certainly not where the true Empress energy ends — in fact, there is SO much more to that than many people realize! True Empress energy in it’s full essence is the about taking all those inspirations that you have received through your unconscious (High Priestess) and fully expressing that out to the world creatively and with an enormous amount of love and passion to benefit humanity behind it!
Have you ever had a pregnancy dream when you are not pregnant? This is a sign of the true Empress energy coming forth and what can come from these dreams is a motivation to fully create from love. (On a personal note, the morning after a pregnancy dream was the day I came up with the idea to create this site). It is for reasons like this that I can see why spiritual teachers such as Eckhart Tolle have commented that women are closer to enlightenment than men — because the true energy of the Empress has no desire to compete with others in their creative pursuits, but to rather create a harmonic community to benefit everyone. So women have a bit of the advantage with this. However, I do feel that once women can express more of this Empress-type of energy then the men will soon follow.
The Empress is also more extraverted creativity. In contrast to the Magician, which is more introverted creativity. Both are able to co-create with the Divine, but the Magician is more like Albert Einstein doing math equations in his basement while the Empress is more like Audrey Hepburn representing UNICEF on behalf of starving children. Both are very different, yet still creative in their approach.
Basic meaning: The Empress can represent a person who is driven to express themselves through genuine love and passion for everything they do and experience. It can also represent empathy, compassion, and understanding for others. It may also signify that the seeds you have planted in your new business venture or project are going to grow and become exactly what you have envisioned. The Empress is pure emotion with a deep intuitive connection to spirit at it’s best.
Lessons: The Empress teaches us to love and have passion for everything in life. It is through the energy represented by the Empress that we can free ourselves of limiting beliefs and judgments and allow true love to fully flow. Unfortunately, we live in a world were a considerable amount of this energy is blocked (represented as a reversal in a reading) and the result are anxieties, pain, co-dependency, depression, lack of confidence, etc. Often the cause for this, either directly or indirectly, is the negative energy that we absorb from the world filled with judgments, wars, fighting, and overall lack of harmony and genuine support — all of which are ego-based drives. If we take the time to look at the world with an eye that every experience is a new challenge for our own personal growth and development, rather than with hurt and disappointment, we can allow ourselves to truly be guided in our lives by our own inner love to achieve full happiness.
How does one live like the Empress? To live following the underlying lessons of the Empress, we should implement these habits into our daily life:
1. Spend time giving gratitude and appreciation to everyone and everything in life — and not only the good, and the bad as well. It can become difficult when we continuously see all of the bad things wrong with the world in the news or through peers. However, when we appreciate and choose to love the bad for existing, that we can then release such painful emotions and allow love to flow in.
2. Choose to understand and have empathy for each and every human being. We are all on our own unique paths and our own stage in growth with our own battles. If we all lived life the same then life would be too easy and we would have nothing to learn. So whenever you feel guilt or pain arise tell yourself “This is a part of my journey and growth. This is of benefit to my evolution in this lifetime, so I forgive myself and whoever else was involved.”
3. Give and help others openly and freely. It is taking the time for the little things that can trigger those compassionate energies to flow again.
4. Create not with a desire to gain “stability” or “success” but rather from a source of complete love and passion for how you can benefit others. It is then and only then that you can truly provide yourself true stability and success in life.
With a final note, I will comment that in implementing these four suggestions cannot be and should not be acted upon solely based on the mental awareness. Merely grasping the idea with the mind is ego-influenced. For true healing, you have to feel a connection to it within your own heart. You can tell yourself, but then allow yourself to really feel it.
(Personal note from Jennifer: I thank all of you for reading this post and gain benefit and inspiration through this. Writing on this particular topic has been like therapy to me for my own healing. I truly hope that others can at least achieve a step in their own healing by reading. Many blessings!)