21 May 2014

The Empress Is the 3rd Tarot Major Arcanum

The Empress - 3rd Major Arcanum
Third major arcanum in the tarot card deck, the Empress is also the second woman in the game. In the original deck this arcanum is named L'impératrice. 

She is the female mirror of the next figure - the Emperor. As you can see this feminine character sits on her throne and wears a crown.

The Empress is self confident, she inspires peacefulness, she is intelligent and one can have faith in such a person. This is a very good card when appearing in a spread.

What the Empress tarot means basically

When appearing in the normal position, she stands for intelligence, strength, motherhood, good thoughts, good steps, control ...

In case you see its upside coming down, then you can guess that it is going to be synonym of fake friends, arguments, end of peace, bad news, etc.

A quick and very simple example of a spread including the Empress

Using the cross spread, we're answering to the following question: is my recent relationship going to last?

For such a spread we need to choose 4 major arcana. 

  • Left: the Magician
  • Right: the Empress
  • Up: The Star
  • Down: The Moon

Here is a simple interpretation - please note that this is a fictive spread; so we can't get more in-depth and I will only tell you what I could give a client as an answer given the cards that I see.

The first tarot card major arcanum lets us envisage that, indeed, the realtionship is recent and that it is meant to be one serious. 

The second card is the Empress and in this place means that this man does not have another woman in his life. 

The Star is there to tell us that our client hopes this relationship to be promising. 

The answer is the Moon; which, in some circumstances, relates to the home, the couple, the family.

One can do a synthesis of the 4 major arcana and we will get 12 as a result. 12 is the number of the Hanged Man. This leads us in thinking that for this relationship to last, the other part - the man - should get rid of his past once for all.

For more information about this arcanum, you can visit The Empress Tarot.

Learning the Tarot:
A Tarot Book for Beginners
If you are a beginner and want to start reading the cards by yourself, then I recommend you to buy a guide. Using such a book will greatly help you understand the meaning of the cards and also have an overview of the different spreads that are used by fortune-tellers.

As a matter of fact, all fortune-tellers do not use the same spreads, some prefer the cross one that provides them with quick answers, others prefer the Celtic cross that provides them with more in-depth answers, and so on.

Some psychic readers even make use of a pendulum to confirm their predictions or find out what their clients may expect.

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