The Empress is the card of abundance, fertility, marriage, and unconditional love. She is Venus, ruling over all matters of the heart: love, relationships, sexuality, affection, desire, beauty, luxury, and art.
The Empress is as generous as she is sensuous. As the mother of all creation, she believes that everyone deserves to be loved. She provides, nurtures, and cares. Her love is everlasting.
If you are asking about how someone feels about you, and you draw the Empress, that means this person cares about you deeply and loves you unconditionally. They feel that your relationship offers boundless opportunities for mutual growth. You make them feel confident in themselves. Similarly, they want to nurture you to grow into your best self. They feel that a life with you is full of abundance. It’s not just that they can afford to be generous, but they feel inspired to actively give, because they know that they will receive anything they give back in spades. They feel deeply affectionate toward you, and their loyalty is unwavering. This is a lasting love.
With that empowered confidence and creativity, the Empress as feelings means that they also desire you on a physical and sexual level. Their love for you is not just companionate in a familial sense, but also full of eros. When they think of you, their feelings are earthy—ploughing the field, sowing the seed, and reaping the harvest of love. Whether that involves physical pregnancy or simply the ‘birthing’ of a new phase of life, there is no Venus without the burning fire of desire.
For singles and those embarking on new relationships, the Empress can be a sign that someone has fallen in love with you and sees you as a potential life partner. This is a progression from the High Priestess’s feeling of karmic connection, because The Empress has moved the cycle into manifestation and reality. They desire you with their body and they feel deeply for you with their heart. They see any relationship with you destined for abundance and growth. If they feel that you can be their Empress, ask yourself, do you feel the same way?
For those in existing relationships, the Empress represents feelings of tenderness and loving commitment. Your partner feels proud to have you by their side. You rejuvenate their confidence and creativity, and they feel excited about your relationship’s growth trajectory. This can be a sign that your relationship is moving into a deeper phase. It can indicate that your partner wants to take the next step, whether that is engagement or marriage or even wanting to have a child.
For those wondering about their ex’s feelings and what the Empress means for reconciliation, the Empress can symbolize that they’ve realized that they still hold a huge candle in their heart for you. Sometimes it takes time away from each other to realize how much the other person means to another. They feel that there is no one quite like you, and that there is an opportunity to grow. It is very possible that they are ready to test the waters and see if getting back together or reconciling with you is an option.
In the context of whether or not a relationship is headed for commitment, engagement, or marriage, the Empress is a resounding YES! As the guardian of all things family and childbirth, The Empress is one of the best cards for marriage. Your partner feels that you would make a great parent and life companion. Committing to someone as loving as you is a no-brainer. A proposal is in the cards for you, just make sure that you both align on timeline expectations moving forward.
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When the Empress is reversed, it indicates neglect and a lack of love. The nurturing and giving energy of the Empress is blocked. This can go in several directions. In one case, they do not feel that they can give you the type of love that you are looking for. This can often stem from a poor relationship with their mother, and unhealthy maternal examples set for them early in life. Remember that their childhood issues have nothing to do with you and your worth as an infinitely lovable human being.
In another case, the Empress reversed means they feel unloved and neglected by you in some way. Perhaps they feel that although they have given you a lot, you have not reciprocated with the same generosity. We all experience love in different ways, so it often takes clear communication to understand how we want to be loved. If this resonates with you, ask yourself what actions you have taken to contribute to the current situation.
The Empress reversed can also be a sign for attachment issues. It may be that they feel overly clingy and insecure of your relationship. Or, alternatively, they may feel that you are being too needy and domineering. While nurturing is good, too much of it can be overbearing and feel suffocating. And although burning desire is wonderful, rages of jealousy are unhealthy. If this rings true for you, understand that childhood attachment issues cannot be resolved in the present. They can only be broken by radically accepting what has happened in the past. If it is their attachment issue, understand that you have no power over it at all, and that solving it is not your responsibility. Meditate on the Empress’s confidence and supreme femininity.
For singles and those in new relationships, the Empress reversed as feelings is a sign of emotional issues. Although your love interest likes you and feels very sexually attracted to you, there is something blocking your emotional connection. If they cannot give you the love you seek at this time, let them go. If there is a communication issue between the two of you that needs to be resolved in order for both of you to feel loved, explore that blockage with openness and honesty.
For my committed lovebirds, the Empress reversed as feelings means that there are attachment issues at play within your relationship. Are you in a push-pull relationship where one of you must chase the other, but pulls away as soon as there is the threat of intimacy? If this sounds familiar to you, consider couples therapy to break out of this cycle. It is absolutely draining the love out of your relationship. If you can turn things around, you can open yourself to the abundance of love once again.
If you are asking about an ex’s feelings about you, the Empress reversed means that they have mixed feelings towards you. Although they desire you physically, they feel that your past relationship was out of balance and lacked love in some way. It may not have been for a lack of trying on either of your parts, but simply due to your dynamics and chemistry. They still feel the ramifications of those past hurts. The attraction is there, and you may end up trying to reconcile a few times. However, unless the two of you can overcome the emotional blockage, reconciliation is unlikely to be successful.
In the context of whether or not a relationship is headed for commitment, engagement, or marriage, the reversed Empress says that it is possible, but only on the condition that the two of you resolve your emotional blockage. They love you, but your communication and emotional connection with each other needs to improve. This is especially true if in the past you both said things that you didn’t mean and hurt each other deeply. For the two of you to pursue a healthy commitment, this needs to be addressed.
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For relationships and feelings, The Empress is queen. She speaks to the unbounded, unconditional love each one of us deserves to cultivate and experience. At its highest, love is infinite. She also warns of the difficulties of putting love into practice. Love is a verb and best shown through actions.
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