MAJOR ARCANA NUMBER 4
ASTROLOGICAL SIGN or PLANET: LIBRA, VENUS
The Empress card is the earth mother, symbolizing fruitfulness, fertility or the beginnings of a new venture. She embodies all that is nurturing and wholesome. She cares for life on a grand scale. She understands that life’s simple pleasures bring the most joy, although she enjoys the finer things, as well. She is sensual, earthy and generous. She can represent creativeness in some people and a broadening of horizons. The card indicates growth, prosperity and joy. Also, there is a message of patience — any delays in life are only temporary. You will have good health, domestic stability and happiness and you will reap the benefits of your efforts. Expect great outcomes. In fact, your rewards will be greater than you ever anticipated.
In the reversed position, the Empress card can signify your indecisiveness of you or another individual, an inability to take action, overly dependent on others and infidelity. It can also symbolize possible infertility, lack of material resources or poverty. This might not be the best time to have a female connection or relative visit your home — tempers might rise to a fever pitch. This individual might want to take over the household. This card may also indicate that you are at a time of stagnation and your personal growth has come to a standstill. You may feel emotionally drained and sense a lot of negative energy around you.