Upright: Fertility, nurturing, beauty
The Empress is portrayed with the sign of female gender to show that she brings a divine, feminine energy. Her robe is adorned with pomegranates, which are traditionally seen as a sign of fertility. Her crown has 12 stars to show her connection with the cycles of the natural world. She is surrounded by beautiful, lush fields, water and trees, showing fertility and her connection with the Earth.
When the Empress card is pulled upright in a tarot reading, it is seen as a sign to connect with your creative feminine side. Another way of interpreting this is to practice more self care and find happiness within your day to day life. The Empress embodies artistic, creative energy. This can be in the form of anything from a sculpture to a song or play. Pursue your creative passions when the Empress is pulled upright.
Reversed: Dependence, creative block, emptiness
When the Empress is reversed, it means you may have lost your way. It can mean you’re overextending yourself, trying to nurture others or that you are relying too much on others. It is a sign to redirect your energy inward and practice self care and growth spiritually. You could also be smothering others with your nurturing ways, even if they are well intended.
**In a yes/no reading, The Empress is a yes.