The basic meaning of the card (Rider-Waite)
The Empress, or the Empress card, is the fourth card in the Major Arcana and bears the number 3. It represents motherhood, fertility, abundance, and creativity. In the Rider-Waite deck, the Empress is depicted sitting on a throne surrounded by nature, symbolizing her close connection to the earth and the power of life.
When The Empress is drawn in an upright position, it indicates that you can expect abundance, growth, and creativity in your life. It encourages you to embrace your feminine energy and to take care of yourself and others. The Empress can also represent a mother figure or someone who provides nourishment, support, and love.
When The Empress is drawn in a reversed position, it can indicate that you have difficulty giving or receiving love and care. It can also mean that you are neglecting your creative talents or not taking care of yourself in the right way. In this position, the card encourages you to be more aware of your needs and to express your love and care for others.
If you are doing a tarot reading about your career prospects and draw The Empress as your central card surrounded by The Wheel of Fortune and The Ace of Pentacles, it could indicate that you have potential to create abundance and success in your work life through using your creativity and close relationships. The Wheel of Fortune symbolizes change and opportunities, while the Ace of Pentacles represents new financial opportunities. In this context, the interpretation could mean that you should be open to change and use your creative energy to create new possibilities and growth within your career.