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The Empress – Thoth Deck by Crowley & Harris

Key Words:

Venus; beauty; love; motherliness; femininity; wisdom; connection between spirit and matter; inner and outer wealth.


Devotion and maternity, Mother Nature, creating something new in connection of both inside and outside

Alchemical attributes

Venus in Taurus, standing for fertility and growth, the earth rules the Taurus

Tree of life: Chokmah going to Binah ( Daleth ד)
Element: Earth
Number: 3 as the combination of the contrasts to a unity (synthesis, harmony)


The Empress is the embodiment of all things feminine. The red and white found on the card are symbolic of giving and receiving of love. The green is symbolic of creativity and fertility. Understanding and wisdom are represented here by the color blue.

You feel a sense of well-being in her presence, taking part in the harmony of her being. Her beauty is not restricted only to the externally visible. Her femininity is fully evolved on all levels of her being, given her a special radiance. She is mother and lover, ruler and seer at the same time. Her strength rests in the unifying of the highest spiritual values in their fully perceivable forms, with the lowest material qualities.

The double-headed white eagle on the shield (corresponding with the red eagle of The Emperor) symbolizes the transformation which arises through the unification of the diverse aspects of your being. Moon and Earth are united and surrounded by a magnetic energy field. When the emotional depths of the unconscious (Moon) manifest visibly (Earth), they become available for consciousness to use (blue flames to the right and left). Her face is turned toward the dove, she is oriented toward the future. In her wisdom, she has turned from the past, the sparrow.

The opening in the arch behind her can be seen as a gateway to heaven. This beautiful physical form merely hints at something more beautiful, much greater, which is hidden in it. Hermann Hesse described »every phenomenon on earth as an image, saying that all images are open gates through which the soul can enter the inner world when it is ready. Here you and I and everything else are all one. Every person comes to such an open gate at some time in life, but few go through the gate or give up the pretty illusions on this side for what we may sense lies within the reality of the inner.


The Empress by Ina Audeirieth

Tarot Cards

The Major Arcana ( Trump )


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