Deck: The Witches Tarot
Spread: Card of the Day
Date: Sat May 09 07:34:03 EDT 2015
III • The Empress (Reversed)
The Empress is seated on a cushioned golden throne surrounded by nature. Her throne is embellished with patterns of five-petaled roses and wheat. The five-petaled flower creates a natural pentagram, and the flowers and sheaves of wheat link her back to the ancient mother goddesses Demeter and Isis. The Empress is pregnant in this card, indicating her fertility. She is the great Mother Goddess, and the twelve stars that form a halo around her head represent the signs of the zodiac. She holds in her hand a scepter, denoting her power over all of the natural world. The beautiful Empress wears a rich green gown, another link to the powers of life, growth, and nature. The nine pearls around the Empress’s throat symbolize the nine classic planets, and pearls are a symbol for basic organic creativity.
A heart-shaped copper shield with a stylized Venus symbol rests to the side of her throne. This card has the astrological association of the planet Venus, and copper is the metal associated with that planet. The Empress’s shield reminds us to protect and cherish the love in our lives. The lush forests, green grass, and the river that cascades down the slope are more depictions of sacred feminine symbolism. The background sky with the heavy gray clouds holds the promise of rain and life coming to the land. The wildflowers and wheat growing in the foreground of the scene correspond to the abundance of the harvest, and they represent prosperity and resources. Finally, the rabbit that sits contentedly at the Empress’s feet is another nod to the energy and awesome powers of fertility, creation, and nature.
This is the motherhood, fertility, and power-of-nature card. When this card appears in a reading, it is a message from the Mother Goddess to respect the force and power of nature and the body’s ability to reproduce. If the Empress card appears in a reading along with the Ace of Wands or the Ace of Cups, then it symbolizes pregnancy or that conception may be likely at this time. This card can also indicate an opportunity to bring new, creative ideas into the world. Protect and cherish the loving relationships in your life. Focus on your family and your home, and enjoy the energy and excitement your children bring into your life. “Birth” your new ideas. Embrace creativity and your own sexuality, and work joyously and respectfully with the powers of nature.
Keywords: The Mother aspect of the Goddess. Bringing new ideas into existence. Feminine power, love, sexuality, motherhood. Fertility, birth, creativity. Hearth and home, protecting love in your life, full moon magick. The power of nature.
Deity Associations: Aphrodite/Venus, Demeter, Gaia, Isis, Inanna, Mother Nature, the Mother Goddess, Selene.
Astrological Association: Venus.
Reversed: Domestic problems, infertility, problems with parental or romantic relationships.