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Exploring Tarot Cards: The Empress

Exploring Tarot Cards: The Empress

I acknowledge that I am posting after a long time due to the work on my Kindle eBook series on Your Fortune for 2016. Now that the Paperback version is also in post production, you will see regular posts about Exploring Tarot Cards.


Today, I will share my thoughts on “The Empress” – my favourite card of the entire deck. The Empress shows us the way to prosperity through love, care and empathy. She shows us that even though we are attracted to her  achievements and beauty, it is actually her personality and nature that will have a long lasting impression on us.

‘Love’ in this card is not the romance between two people but, the kind that nurtures a person. It is the love between a mother and her child or the love with which Mother Earth offers us its resources to flourish. This card enables us to realise that we have taken Mother Earth for granted by using her fertile resources (rivers, plants, land) mindlessly instead of being thankful for it.

The Empress asks us to accept people as they are and offer them time, space, and resources to grow without expecting returns. It reminds us to be grateful to our mother for her role in our life.

Look at the image of the Empress, who is the Empress in your life?

What Do You See?

What Do You See?

What is the first thought that comes to your mind when you see this image?

Did you notice the flower or the dog?

Did you notice the cliff?

The answers lie in your sub-concious and un-concious thoughts.  And Tarot is a medium for you to bring your thoughts the surface.

Each symbol on the tarot card has a meaning and when you are attracted by a symbol then that is the key meaning for you of the card.

For example, if the first thing that you noticed  was the positive attitude of the person, then it would suggest that you are feeling positive about the situation. If you noticed the dog in the picture, it would suggest that you are aware of your friends and well-wishers who are trying to warn you of the danger of the cliff.

This study of signs and symbols to get meanings out of them and communicate through them is known as Semiotics. And to me, the visual and cognitive semiotics is the science behind Tarot.

What are your thoughts?