Short meaning: Can represent pregnancy, the experience of mothering, or your relationship with your own mother. Have patience and avoid making rash decisions. Be receptive to change and keep an eye on your temper when things don’t progress as you expected.
In-depth meaning: The Empress tends to appear where relationships of any kind start to adopt a mother/child dynamic. Even in the midst of a crisis The Empress remains strong and loyal, going to unending lengths for those she loves. When The Empress appears in a spread, the Subject, or someone in their life, may be displaying these qualities which is great. This person’s love and commitment is a great gift because they have much to offer and can be of practical help.
However, they are likely to have high expectations in return and when they are not met they become irrational. In these cases good communication is necessary and a compromise between each other’s needs should be reached. The Empress is not happy with changes to relationships that aren’t orchestrated by her. People in relationships portrayed by The Empress may be finding it hard to get support for some sort of change in that relationship.
Notes on the image: The picture shows a beautiful, regal lady admiring a flower and holding her hand to her rounded, pregnant stomach. She is surrounded by nature and the flower has grown to meet her touch which intensifies the portrayal of The Empress’s nurturing side.
She wears a crown and has a sceptre which she has chosen to lay to one side whilst she happily enjoys the scene around her. These are signs of her authority and power that remind us that she is a strong and forceful enemy should her rule be challenged or her loved ones put at risk.