3 - The Empress Tarot Card
The Empress is tarot card number 3, although it is the 4th card of the Major Arcana because the 1st of the 22 Major Arcana cards is number 0 (The Fool).
The Empress tarot card is regal and feminine, yet distinctly different from any of the four Queens.
The Empress herself is usually depicted as more mature in years than any of the (often elegant-looking yet young) Queens. She conveys a sense of stability, maturity, accomplishment, and completeness. Nevertheless, far from images of an elderly Empress, in many tarot decks the Empress is obviously pregnant. This is fitting because the themes of this card include abundance and fertility. (The empress isn't always pregnant. Images vary from tarot deck to tarot deck. For example, the The Quest Tarot Deck depicts a naked young woman on The Empress card, though the meaning of the card is the same as for other decks.)
The Empress is a nurturing energy that may prompt questions about the balance of caring relationships in the matter to which the reading pertains.
Many readers (and sitters) find comfort in the presence of the Empress in a reading.
The Empress tarot card is often decorated with very many detailed images that suggest various forms of abundant blessings and creativity. These may include
- rich clothes,
- beautiful expensive-looking jewellery,
- representation of an abundant harvest of beautiful ripe fruits and vegetables,
- calm pleasant weather conditions,
- facial expressions of contented satisfaction and happiness.