Understanding Tarot The Empress Tarot Card

The Empress is the matriarch of the Tarot. She represents fertility and pregnancy in her most literal sense. Symbolically she speaks of creativity – using our life force deliberately to create our life and express our true selves.

Embrace the Divine feminine with the Empress. She reminds us that in order to reach our potential we must plant the seeds of discovery and creativity and be willing to nurture and nourish them until they blossom.

She is the card of nature, abundance, and celebration of the richness of life. Remain humble, grateful and keep your mind open towards new opportunities. Personal expression and creativity are the most beautiful parts of life.

Empress in a Tarot Spread

She can represent pregnancy or motherhood.  She is often symbolic and comes up around periods of creativity, or reminds us that we need to use our creativity or express ourselves authentically to find the joy and peace she offers.  She can also remind us that gratitude and positive intent are the keys to finding rewards in life.  Focus on what you want to see and attract.  She also reminds us of the importance of self-care and nurturing.  One cannot be a good caretaker if his/her own needs are not being met.

Questions for Personal Reflection

  • Am I using my creativity in positive ways?
  • Am I longing for a new form of personal expression?
  • Am I being authentic in a given situation?
  • Am I taking care of myself as well as I should?
  • Do I nurture mine and my children’s/dependents unique skills?
  • Do I take time to express myself regularly?

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Dealing with Difficult Tarot Readings

Tarot lessons by Christin Dealing with Difficult Tarot Readings

Tarot, when used properly is designed to help us look at ourselves and our situation(s) with honesty. Sometimes this can result in answers that are confusing, difficult to absorb, or that leave us with even more questions than before. How do you deal with difficult readings to gain more understanding?

Below are some situations that occur from time to time and how to deal with them.

You draw a card and it doesn’t seem to fit with the situation you asked about.

First, consider how you asked the question – was your question or area of focus clear and concise? Or was it somewhat scattered? Often when we are feeling anxious about a course of events our thoughts may be racing or we may be considering too many things at once. Try to narrow your focus to more specific areas of concerns. This may mean drawing one card for each particular facet of a question – or doing more than one reading.

Here is an example. Susie is getting ready to open her brand new business. She is very excited and also very nervous, so naturally, her thoughts are kind of everywhere. She has a ton of questions in her mind, everything from the location, to people embracing her product, to profitability, timing etc. As you can see this can be broken down then into multiple questions. Chances are if she chooses only one card, she may be confused by the answer or feel she needs more details.

In this case, she could first ask for clarification and draw a second card. If that doesn’t help and she still feels she has too many unanswered questions, the next step would be to sit down and write out all the questions that surround this particular subject for her. Then she could do a card or two for each question – or even a full spread like a Celtic Cross for example to gain understanding.

You see cards in your reading you didn’t expect or don’t want to see.

This can be difficult because sometimes answers are hard to hear at first. What you want in a Tarot reading is an honest assessment and when that honesty goes against what you presently believe to be true the first reaction can be “the cards are wrong”.

There can be the temptation to draw and redraw again and again until one sees more of what they want to see. For this reason, I always suggest making a record and focus on the first reading drawn, especially if it seems a bit contradictory because chances are it is providing you some much needed objective advice or pointing out some flaws in your current thinking or experience.

I have found over the years, that if you are tempted to ask the same question over and over again – it is likely because of a lack of objectivity or an unwillingness to hear a message. When this happens work to remove yourself a bit emotionally from the situation for a day or so and then go back to your cards and look at the spread again. Perhaps with a bit of time, the cards will make more sense.

If after that the answers are still unclear, do another reading or seek another opinion. There are times where even professional and/or experienced readers benefit from having a reading done by an objective third party.

Remember that there will always be those times in life where things may not go according to the plans we made or as we were certain they would. Instead of feeling defeated by this, choose to look at it as an opportunity to consider all the possibilities or open up to new angles you may not have considered otherwise. Every situation, even the challenging ones, provide us with opportunities to grow and learn if we seek them out. This is where Tarot, even the difficult spreads, offer us great personal development potential.

How Does Tarot Work?

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This is my original article “Understanding Tarot Beyond the Myths” that has been featured in many places.  I thought I would revisit it here with a few updates.

There are many misconceptions surrounding the Tarot that I hope to clear up by explaining what Tarot is and is not. For the past 27 years, I have used the Tarot as an instrument to gain understanding and insight.

During this time I have had to grow into this tool also, learning through experience what it can and cannot do. Tarot is not a magic wand that lays out an easy future by providing all the answers in advance. The future is not set in stone, our use of free will ultimately determines our path.

Simply put, Tarot is an instrument used to gain deeper insight & understanding, which then leads to empowered decisions. It is a tool for personal transformation through the combined use of psychology and spirituality. It enhances awareness and expands horizons. When we have the pictorial wisdom of the Tarot laid out before us, it can illuminate choices, show us things we may have avoided seeing honestly and also impart wisdom allowing for more informed decisions.

Living an empowered life means understanding that the future is not entirely predestined. We come here knowing and allowing ourselves to have certain experiences, but we also shape those experiences through integration of what we have learned. Just like a grade in school, you have certain objectives and lessons that are part of the goal plan. Some students will succeed while others will not make the goal, but each student shapes his/her own learning experience through effort and application.

Tarot, when used properly, was never intended to be “magic”, just a tool for insight and knowledge. The ultimate outcome is entirely in the hands of the one seeking the guidance. No one and no oracle can ever tell you what is going to happen, merely point to likely scenarios based on current understanding.

As with anything else misunderstood, it is human nature to fear and label things that can be viewed as a potential threat. Things that are different are frightening and often labeled as evil outright or ridiculed, rather than explored. Remember, we lived in a society that burned people alive only a few hundred years ago because of fears of evil.

I use the cards for many purposes: inspiration for writing, meditation, reflection, asking for guidance when I feel confused, etc. The possibilities are limitless, as are the many different types of decks available. There are decks that represent many different spiritual paths, cultures, styles of art, and more making it easy to find one that fits right with the individual.