The Empress

Upright/Well Dignified: The Empress is often considered to be the ultimate nurturer. When there is a strong mothering instinct that is welling up in a person, that would be the inherent energy of the Empress at work. She’s a master/mistress of diplomacy and etiquette and gets things done, not because she’s the one that’s ordering them done, but because her inherent nature makes people want to do things for her. When the Empress card shows up in a reading upright, there’s a good chance that you’re in the driver’s seat to make some extremely good things happen, so it’s a good time to ask yourself: Where do I want to go today?

Upright/Well Dignified: The Empress is often considered to be the ultimate nurturer. When there is a strong mothering instinct that is welling up in a person, that would be the inherent energy of the Empress at work. She’s a master/mistress of diplomacy and etiquette and gets things done, not because she’s the one that’s ordering them done, but because her inherent nature makes people want to do things for her. When the Empress card shows up in a reading upright, there’s a good chance that you’re in the driver’s seat to make some extremely good things happen, so it’s a good time to ask yourself: Where do I want to go today?

The Empress is often a card that speaks to people emotionally, asking these people to consider their emotions just as carefully as their thoughts. This leads to there being dialogue with people that involves people on many levels and creates better communication in general. She is as creative a communicator as she is in most things. Letting her emotions guide her, the Empress often takes the lead in putting things together in new and often beautiful ways. This can be an amazing thing to watch, or even to take part in. Wherever she goes, the Empress creates abundance.

One aspect of the Empress that is often overlooked is her connection to the Emperor. While complete in and of herself, she is still inherently connected to her complementary other, who is considered to be the “masculine” aspect of things. She serves as an excellent balance to the Emperor, giving him the necessary tools to tap into his emotional pool, while he gives her the assertiveness to direct confidently.

Reversed/Ill Dignified: When reversed, the Empress becomes a very different creature. Where once she was a creative leader, now she habitually lies to get her way, rather than actively working with people. She’s still creative, but it is now usually more focused in delivering what the “Empress” wants, rather than what the people around her need. It’s not that she isn’t serving the people around her, merely that she won’t take part in something unless she’s able to see  how it’s going to pay off. While this is common, the Empress is more than willing to manipulate everything around her to get what she wants with little or no effort, often leaving others to deal with the inherent problems that she will create.

When this card is reversed, you can guarantee that everything that the Empress does is conditional. When she is in power, people will know it. She becomes someone that people will defer to, not because she will make the correct decision, but because if things don’t go her way, everybody involved will suffer the wrath/whining of her. She is not above passive/aggressive behaviour, often employing it to create a situation where she will appear victimised when in reality, she is the bully.

The reversed Empress commonly comes across a creature of low self esteem. To be blunt, she’s not. She might have everyone (including herself) convinced that she does, but there is a good chance that this is just her trying to appear humble before people that she sees as below her, or useful tools to get what she wants.

There is still a creative streak in the reversed Empress, although unlike the creativity of the upright Empress, her creative endeavours come at a price. Where there would be attention from the upright Empress, there is smothering. Where there was encouragement, there is now spite. Where there was interdependence, there is now destructive co-dependence.

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