Looking for a bit more beauty, creativity or abundance in your life? Take a hint from one of the loveliest ladies of tarot, the Empress. This goddess of everything lush and bountiful is the embodiment of divine creativity. She is the eternal earth mother, generous, loving and passionate. She allows nature to unfold as it will, nurturing without smothering. She is the symbol of fertility and sensuality, complete and comfortable in herself even as she gives birth to more love, more delight, more wonder.
Common symbols found in Empress cards include roses and other flowers, flowing water, fruit and lush gardens, all surrounding a beautiful woman, lounging on a divan, a crown of stars on her head. This is the card to focus on if you want to feel complete in yourself or connected to your feminine side, as well as when you want to become pregnant, create a work of art, experience more abundance or simply enjoy the sensual pleasures of life. Her advice in a tarot reading is often about loving freely, creating with passion, nurturing others (or yourself) and generally embracing the beauty of the natural world. Ask yourself: when do I feel abundant? What do I love? What do I want to create in this world? All of these areas are encouraged and promoted by the Empress.
To bring a bit more Empress energy into your life, try spending time in nature, eating fresh fruit or simply appreciating the beauty around you, wherever you are. Allow yourself to create something new. Enjoy the simple pleasures of delicious food, the wind in your hair and the earth under your feet. Relax into the moment, take a deep breath and let your natural beauty shine. Allow yourself to love others freely, without condition. And don’t forget to give that same love to yourself–a true Empress knows that all love begins with self-love, because we can’t give something we don’t already have. So let your love flow and step into the power and beauty of an Empress!