III. The Empress

Creation, Patience


A woman seated amongst a field of wheat, wearing a gown with a design of pomegranates. She wears a crown of stars, and carries a rod; at her side is a heart-shaped shield bearing the symbol of venus.


Having decided what shape his future will take, the Fool strides forward. But he is impatient to make his future a full-grown reality. This is when he comes upon the Empress. Her hair gold as wheat, wearing a crown of stars, and a white gown dotted with pomegranates. She rests back on her throne surrounded by an abundance of grain and a lush garden. It is likely that she is pregnant.

Kneeling, the Fool relates to her his story. And she, in turn, smiles a motherly smile and gently gives him this advice: "Like newly planted grain or a child in the womb; a new life, a new love, a new creation is fragile. It requires fertile soil, patience and nurturing, it needs love and attention. Only this will bring it to fruition."

Understanding at last that his future will take time to build and create, the Fool thanks the Empress and continues on his way.

Divinatory Meanings

Creation, ideas given form. Generosity, abundance. The Empress is the mother: patient, nurturing, caring


Bounty withheld; neglect, abandonment. Smothering, jealousness and possessiveness, inability to let go.

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

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