Tarot Tuesday – The Empress

Posted in Tarot on February 16, 2010 – 1:56 pm
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Tarot Tuesdays

I’m going to try and do this every Tuesday from now on.  I will draw a random card from my beautiful “Witch’s Tarot” deck, and explain the card to you.  Since I’m not very good at doing anything consistently, and I fully admit that, I’m going to warn you now, that this may not be an actual weekly thing.  But I’d like to try and do it weekly anyway.  So Here goes… the first (sorta, because I have done this before), Tarot Tuesday!

III The Empress

This card is from the Witches Tarot Deck by Ellen Cannon Reed.  I love this deck because of how earthy and beautiful each card is.  The Empress, in all her fertile beauty is no exception in this.  As you can see, The Empress is a beautiful mother aspect of the goddess.  She is fully pregnant and so is the moon in the background.  The following aspects & correspondences of the card are from the book The Witches Tarot by Ellen Cannon Reed.

Correspondences & Attributes

  • Letter: Daleth, door
  • Astrological Attrigution: Venus
  • Colors:
    • Emerald green
    • Sky Blue
    • Early spring green
    • Bright rose
    • Cerise rayed with pale green
  • Mythological Figure: Mut (The mother goddess from Egyptian mythology)
  • Jewel: Emerald
  • Plant: Rose


You are almost to the end of a cycle or project.  All restrictions and obstacles are removed.  Abundance, fertility, success, all around just around the corner.  Reversed: You are about to begin a cycle or project.  The urge to move is joined by the understanding of what to do.  Ideas begin to formulate.

Basic Tarot Meaning

The Empress is a creator, be it creation of life, of romance, of art or business. While the Magician is the primal spark, the idea made real, and the High Priestess is the one who gives the idea a form, the Empress is the womb where it gestates and grows till it is ready to be born. This is why her symbol is Venus, goddess of beautiful things as well as love. Even so, the Empress is more Demeter, goddess of abundance, then sensual Venus. She is the giver of Earthly gifts, yet at the same time, she can, in anger withhold, as Demeter did when her daughter, Persephone, was kidnapped. In fury and grief, she kept the Earth barren till her child was returned to her.


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