The Empress card is derived from a portrait of a true empress. It is from a painting of Russian Empress Maria Fyodorovna at Gatchina Palace by Artist Vladimir Makovsky a Russian painter.
She is surrounded by an abundance of wealth and nature and for this card, she is depicted as pregnant. (My apologies to Empress Fyodorovna) Behind her is a deer drinking from a stream and a water fall. At her feet are three white doves. Lilacs and plants, soft furs, rich furniture, wealth, fertility and abundance is the energy of the empress.
Meaning of the Empress: The Empress is mother, creator and nurturer. In many decks she can be shown as pregnant, as we have done in Infinite Visions Tarot.
She represents the creation of life, of romance, of art or business, or the germination of an idea before it is ready to be fully born. The Empress is often associated with Venus, goddess of beautiful things as well as love, and indeed the Rider-Waite deck brandishes her symbol upon a heart-shaped bolster.
In a reading: Your life revolves around family and swells with abundance. You are the nurturer who takes in strays. You find it hard to resist a new born of any species. The empress can often refer to your own mother. Some decks depict her as the Great Mother Goddess who created the seasons. She is Mother Nature and represents fertility, good luck, success. In astrology she is Venus, the embodiment of emotional love, sensual pleasure and sexual passion. As Mother Nature, she governs cycle of birth, death and rebirth.
Regarding occupation: At work you inspire the lives you touch because it comes from the heart. You find support for your ideas and plans because they are shared by others of like mind. You are an excellent listener and counselor and probably spend too much time listening to other people’s problems while putting your own on the back burner. Your ideas are plentiful and you come up with solutions to most problems. You will do well in occupations that involve animals, children, homemaking or counseling. Even if you are not in one of those occupations that is what you will end up doing on the side and even at work in another profession. Do what you are good at.
Regarding Romance: It’s a very fertile time for romance and your timing is perfect. You are swept up in a sensuous and passionate relationship. You may want to use caution and protection if you don't want to get pregnant. Don’t mother your significant other. If this card is drawn by a man, it may represent his mother, or a woman who is very sensuous and down to earth who may want to bare his children.
Regarding your health: Your health is good. Now is the time to nurture yourself. If your question is about Pregnancy, it is a distinct possibility. If you are already in a family way, it will be an easy nine months unless other cards indicate otherwise. Avoid stress and surround yourself with nature, garden, flowers and sunshine. Your emotions play an important role in your health. Get involved in a creative project. Your creative energy is at it maximum right now. Take advantage of it.
Advice: Get out from in front of the television and away from the computer. Now is a the time to get in touch with your surroundings and live in the real world of sights, sounds and physical activities. Turn your talent for nurturing towards yourself with expressions of gratitude for the abundance in your life and you will increase that abundance and continue to reap rewards for your positive thoughts and actions.