I cannot even say what Empress means to me because she means so much. It was a reading that I had back in December, this card came forward with many messages that I have not forgotten even months later. And there is no single Tarot image of her which pleases me ultimately, all of them lacking, all of them trying, all of them beautiful, all of them empty because Empress cannot be represented. For me she is a state of mind. The place from which to act, the place from which to make decisions. Not Page (child) nor Queen (woman) but Goddess. “Standing in for the Goddess,” as a friend of mine is fond of saying.