“On a divintory level, the appearance of the Empress suggests the onset of a more earthly phase of life. A marriage or the birth of a child might occur; or the birth of a creative child, an artistic offspring, for this too requires the patience and nurturing of the Great Mother. Through this card we enter the realm of the body and instincts, as a place of both peace and stagnation, life-giving and life-suffocating. Thus the Fool, the child of heaven, on his/her life journey discovers that he/she lives in a physical body not only of spirit but also of earth.” The Empress card can also asks us to be aware and develop and nurture the feminine aspects and motherly qualities within each of us. – Excerpt from The Mythic Tarot.
“The Empress is the archetypal Earth Mother, the Anima, the Feminine Principle, Dimeter, Freyja, Goddess of fertility. Ruled by Venus, the planet of love, creativity, fertility, art, harmony, luxury, beauty and grace.
She is full-figured, possibly pregnant, and is surrounded by lush greenery and fields of ripe wheat. Below the Empress’s couch is a heart-shaped pillow with the symbol of Venus emblazoned upon it, and her flowing robe is decorated with pomegranates, a symbol of fertility. In the forest behind her a river flows freely with water, the symbol of life. Her upraised hand holds a sceptre which demonstrates her power and authority over the things of this earth.
She wears a crown of 12 stars, representing the Zodiac and her rulership over time. Her sceptre also shows her dominion over the created world. Where the High Priestess had dominion over the intellectual world, and the world of knowledge, the Empress has dominion over the world of the senses. Her dress has pomegranates on it. The water in the background is a symbol of the subconscious. The wheat is sacred to Isis and the cypress trees are sacred to Venus. The pearl necklace is also a symbol of Venus (Aphrodite), as are the myrtle leaves on the crown. The rune associated with this card is Fehu.” – Excerpt from biddytarot.com
“The Empress is a creator, be it creation of life, of romance, of art or business. While the Magician is the primal spark, the idea made real, and the High Priestess is the one who gives the idea time and space to decide on a form, the Empress is either the womb or nursery where it grows till it reaches a certain level of maturity.
This is why the Empress’ symbol is Venus, goddess of beautiful things and gardens, as wells as sex and love. Venus is the goddess of artists, and helps them painstakingly develop their pieces from clay to statue, from first brushstroke to masterpiece.
Even so, however, the Empress has more in common with Demeter, goddess of abundance, then sensual Venus, as the wheat in the background and the pomegranates on her dress imply. She is the giver of Earthly gifts, the great, fertile mother goddess. Yet at the same time, she can, in anger, withhold as Demeter did when her daughter, Persephone was kidnapped. In fury and grief, she kept the Earth barren till her child was returned to her.
The Empress card is one of the easier trumps to read. She’s the Great Mother, so much so that she’s often viewed as one of those cards that can indicate a “positive” answer if a woman is wondering if she can get pregnant. This is the fertile womb where anything can grow and thrive (as compared to the protective “incubator” of the High Priestess). The Empress’ ability to mother goes beyond the womb, however. She is patient, loving, giving, generous, devoted. The ultimate nurturer.
If defining her as the querent, you can say that they are currently feeling like a mother hen, worried about their children, new business, new creation, or new romance. Male or female, they want to dote and hover and fret over every little sneeze and problem. They likely also want to talk only about their baby, boasting of its growth and development, sending pictures of it to friends and relatives.
Likewise, the advice a reader might give on getting this card could be similar to that offered to a mother with a young child: either that young things need time to grow, and so require patience and attention, or that while an infant needs a great deal of care, a toddler needs less, and a child even less. A good mother adjusts her care as the child matures and develops, giving them room to crawl and then run and play.
If defining the Empress as someone related to the querent, it is likely the querent’s mother or a woman who is very motherly toward them.
Of course, the Empress can also be about the not so nice aspects of a mom. She can smother, not know when to let go, be possessive and jealous of those who would take away her “baby.” It is important for the querent to realize that plants can die from over-watering as easily as they can from neglect. Like any good mother or good gardener, the querent must have patience and the ability to adjust and improvise as their “baby” sprouts and grows.”
Excerpt taken from aeclectic.net