beauty, happiness, pleasure, success, luxury, dissipation
The Empress is associated with Venus, the feminine planet (just as well that): beauty, charm, pleasure, luxury, and delight. She may be good at home decorating, art or anything to do with making things beautiful (is this for real?!) (or, as vicus says, "just do the washing up, deary, and don't worry about it").
The Empress is a creator, be it creation of life (my three had to figure in this somewhere), of romance (ha! some mistake surely), art or business. While the Magician (Who he? Ed) is the primal spark, the idea made real (ah! I wondered what had happened to vicus), and the High Priestess is the one who gives the idea a form (no, I'm not going to suggest dave for this role. . .), the Empress is the womb where it gestates and grows till it is ready to be born (just as long as there is an epidural somewhere in the vicinity). This is why her symbol is Venus, goddess of beautiful things as well as love. Even so, the Empress is more Demeter, goddess of abundance (am I?), then sensual Venus (really? ok, if you say so) (yup I do say so) (split personalities all around then? mad as hatters? - I'll fit right in!). She is the giver of Earthly gifts, yet at the same time, she can, in anger withhold, as Demeter did when her daughter, Persephone, was kidnapped. In fury and grief, she kept the Earth barren till her child was returned to her (and I thought that was just an argument about pomegranites).
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