Skip to main content

How to Read the Empress Tarot Card

Learn how to read the Empress tarot card from expert Ellen Goldberg, M.A. in this Howcast video.


Ellen: Hello, I'm Ellen Goldberg and I welcome you to, A Tarot Moment from The School of Oracles. In this segment we're going to take a look at The Empress, and what a pleasure it is to look at her because she is pleasure itself. This card is ruled by Venus. Her letter is DLTh in Hebrew, which means "the door" and she is the door of life and the door to creativity. In fact the intelligence given to DLTh is called the illuminating intelligence, for imagination illuminates the mind.

She, together with the High Priestess, form a picture of the feminine archetype because there are more than one archetype to encompass the feminine because as I think everybody knows women are complex. The High Priestess was more virginal, secluded, and belonged with all those wonderful moon goddesses like Isis or Diana. But the Empress, she is like the love goddesses, Aphrodite, she is Demeter, she's Venus herself. In fact it is Venus that rules this card. Look at her sitting so well on the sofa and her dress is quite loose because she's pregnant. The third sphere on the tree of life, "Binah," gives birth to the entire tree.

In fact this card is associated with birthing things. The name of the number three is multiplication and all through life, all through cultures, they have understood there is something very special about the number three. Pythagoras called it, "the first real number" because the others, the ones that came before were only essences. Lao Tzu in the Tao de Ching says, "One engenders two, two engenders three, and three engenders all things. We see her sitting beside a waterfall and you know that comes from the gallon of the High Priestess. We see her with wheat in front of her. She also, Demeter taught the mysteries of agriculture and of multiplying through use of seeds and the Elysian Mysteries, the crown of stars on her head associates her with the women in the Book of Revelations when they said, "And there appeared in the sky a great wonder, a woman crowned with the stars and with the moon at her feet."

Also that woman was pregnant with the Christ child. When this card appears in a reading think of things like luxury, love, fertility, creative imagination, in fact just meditate on this card. Letting your eyes gaze at it for five minutes at a time will encourage these things. This is a card filled with fecundity, it's producing and it will enrich you. When it's on it's lower polarity however there's a lot of dissipation. Too much pleasure, maybe too many ideas that one actually doesn't even do anything with, maybe a misuse of the pleasure principle. Or a closed creative channel.

Make use of the Empress in your reading and enjoy the presence of her in your life. For The School of Oracles this is Ellen Goldberg. Bye for now.

Popular Categories