The Empress

Divinatory Meanings: Fruitfulness, action, initiative, length of days; the unknown, clandestine; also difficulty, doubt, ignorance. Reversed: Light, truth, the unravelling of involved matters, public rejoicings; according to another reading, vacillation.

Description: A stately figure, seated, having rich vestments and royal aspect, as of a daughter of heaven and earth. Her diadem is of twelve stars, gathered in a cluster. The symbol of Venus is on the shield which rests near her. A field of corn is ripening in front of her, and beyond there is a fall of water. The sceptre which she bears is surmounted by the globe of this world. She is the inferior Garden of Eden, the Earthly Paradise, all that is symbolized by the visible house of man. She is not Regina coeli, but she is still refugium peccatorum, the fruitful mother of thousands. There are also certain aspects in which she has been correctly described as desire and the wings thereof, as the woman clothed with the sun, as Gloria Mundi and the veil of the Sanctum Sanctorum; but she is not, I may add, the soul that has attained wings, unless all the symbolism is counted up another and unusual way. She is above all things universal fecundity and the outer sense of the Word. This is obvious, because there is no direct message which has been given to man like that which is borne by woman; but she does not herself carry its interpretation.

In another order of ideas, the card of the Empress signifies the door or gate by which an entrance is obtained into this life, as into the Garden of Venus; and then the way which leads out therefrom, into that which is beyond, is the secret known to the High Priestess: it is communicated by her to the elect. Most old attributions of this card are completely wrong on the symbolism--as, for example, its identification with the Word, Divine Nature, the Triad, and so forth.

UPRIGHT: Fruitfulness, action, initiative, length of days; also, the unknown, difficulty, clandestine, doubt, ignorance.

REVERSED: Light, truth, the unravelling of involved matters, public rejoicings; additionally, swaying back and forth from one side to the other.


Tarot - Major Arcana Index

Please choose any arcana card below to find the meaning of each individual card.

The Fool The Magician The High Priestess The Empress The Emperor
The Hierophant The Lovers The Chariot Strength The Hermit
Wheel of Fortune Justice The Hanged Man Death Temperance
The Devil The Tower The Star The Moon The Sun
Judgement The World      

 

Tarot - Minor Arcana Index

Please choose any minor arcana card below to find the meaning.


Ace of Cups Ace of Pentacles Ace of Swords Ace of Wands
Two of Cups Two of Pentacles Two of Swords Two of Wands
Three of Cups Three of Pentacles Three of Swords Three of Wands
Four of Cups Four of Pentacles Four of Swords Four of Wands
Five of Cups Five of Pentacles Five of Swords Five of Wands
Six of Cups Six of Pentacles Six of Swords Six of Wands
Seven of Cups Seven of Pentacles Seven of Swords Seven of Wands
Eight of Cups Eight of Pentacles Eight of Swords Eight of Wands
Nine of Cups Nine of Pentacles Nine of Swords Nine of Wands
Ten of Cups Ten of Pentacles Ten of Swords Ten of Wands
Page of Cups Page of Pentacles Page of Swords Page of Wands
Knight of Cups
Knight of Pentacles Knight of Swords Knight of Wands
Queen of Cups Queen of Pentacles Queen of Swords Queen of Wands
King of Cups King of Pentacles King of Swords King of Wands

 

 

 

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