The Empress is the tarot card of loving, nurturing, providing, and protecting. We are endowed with abundant opportunities to enjoy our life, and we should accept them in the right spirit, and with a positive attitude. Our actions are guided by love, and while this makes us vulnerable, it also gives us great strength. We should remember that what we get from life is a direct result of what we give. Sooner or later, our efforts will yield results, and the doors of opportunity will open wide. We are pushed to express love for beauty in any form, and unleash the creativity that is embedded deep within us. The Empress also reminds us to stay connected with nature, and grasp the full power of our capacity to create or destroy life and love. In a tarot reading, this card advises us to stay calm and grounded, as the essence of life lies in the acceptance of material and philosophical rewards with an open mind and generous spirit.
The usage Arcana stems from the word Arcane. ‘Major Arcana’ means ‘the big secret’. The Major Arcana deck of Tarot comprises of the first 22 cards in the deck. These cards signify the major events in the journey of life of a person from birth to death, and rebirth. Each of these 22 cards has a particular meaning to convey, a definite significance. For instance, The Fool, the first of the Major Arcana cards, signifies the innocent baby embarking on the journey of life; The Lovers is the card of the heart and relationships; The Chariot signifies an ongoing journey; The Death is the card of eternal change, or rebirth; The Moon means the gaining of inner knowledge; and The World signifies the end of the cycle of birth and reincarnation.