The Card: Sometimes signifying pregnancy, The Empress is a motherly, feminine card. She is almost the exact opposite of the cool, loner-ish High Priestess and not as entitled as the Queen of Wands or emotional as the Queen of Cups. However, the motherly aspect of this card can go waaaayyyy too far and become a smothering Freudian wet dream. This card talks about fertility, productivity, creativity, and abundance in general. This can mean the querent has what they need readily available. When signifying a person, The Empress is typically a mother figure or a nurturing, generous person with creativity and productivity to spare. This person embodies that magical aunt we all wanted, the one with cool hippie tendencies, can bake cookies out of anything, and has tea and sympathy for all of life’s bumps and bruises. In a relationship spread, The Empress means a happy and sharing time in the relationship. Both parties will have their needs met and then some. This is not a time to be secretive or withholding in your relationship because sharing and generosity will reap the most rewards. This card could also indicate a time for both parties to talk about having kids or find out the conception already happened (oops!). If you’re single and on the prowl, this card indicates you may find someone a little too into taking care of you (aka a benevolent stalker). In a financial or business spread, The Empress indicates any ideas put forth this week will bear fruit and have support. It could also indicate a close-knit company culture that may figure prominently into any business decisions made this week. The powers that be may be more kindly disposed to you, so don’t blow it.
Warnings: Fertility and issues related to reproduction can be indicated with The Empress. This could mean a surprise pregnancy or a disease of the reproductive system. Be kind to yourself and get any weirdness checked out by your doctor. Overbearing mothers are also indicated by this card. If you or your spouse have one, now might be the time to consider boundaries. In fact, The Empress can indicate an overbearing person in general. Practice the word “no.” If that doesn’t work, look into a restraining order. It could also mean you are the overbearing person. Take stock of your intentions. Why are you showering others with gifts and attention? Could it be that you want someone to do that for you, but haven’t come out and asked? If that’s the case, do not pass Go and do not collect $200. All you are doing is incubating a resentment.
- What is the first situation that comes to mind (i.e. a work project you don’t want to do, your spouse not seeming as into you as they were before, wanting to start your own business, a custody hearing, et al)?
- How are you likely to encounter this situation this week?
- Who are the other people or agencies involved (e.g. your ex, your boss, that suck up coworker, your spouse, investors, etc.)?
- What are parts of this situation you can handle by yourself (i.e. talking with the boss, making sure your paperwork is complete, showing up on time for your meetings, suggesting possible solutions, et al)?
- What are parts of this situation that require help from others (e.g. others showing up for meetings, investment capital being available, your coworkers’ willingness—or lack thereof—to help, your spouse’s willingness—or lack thereof—to understand your point of view, etc.)?
- What are some obstacles in this situation that only involve you (i.e. you tend to push others away, you have a history of being a jerk to them, you feel discouraged, you hate asking for help, this is out of your area of expertise, et al)?
- What are some obstacles in this situation that involve others (e.g. they tend to lord it over you when you do ask for help, they like to use shame, they’re cynical, they have told you they don’t think you’d help them in the same way, they don’t have the money or time to give you, etc.)?
- What are some thoughts that come to mind when you think about this situation (i.e. “I’ve been a jerk;” “they need to give me what they owe me;” “why me?”; et al)?
- What are some feelings you have in this situation (e.g. sad, frustrated, exhausted, hopeful, nervous, happy, etc.)?
- When you think about your answers to Questions 7 and 8, do you feel they are more positive or negative? Why?
- Are there any aspects of this situation you are willing to change, such as how you deal with everyone else involved? Why or why not?
- What is one thing you are willing to do this week to deal with this situation (i.e. not call your coworker names, not interrupt your spouse when they are speaking, get your paperwork done on time, assert yourself with your parents, et al)?
- What is a prayer, mantra, or affirmation that you are willing to use to get you through this situation (e.g. the Durga mantra, Prayer to St. Raphael, your favorite death metal song, etc.)?
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