The Fool happens upon the Empress. After visiting the High Priestess, he knows which path he wishes to walk, but is impatient and wants to arrive at the destination without taking the journey. The Empress, surrounded by her lush garden and fields of wheat tells the Fool that like anything that grows, in order for his future to become reality, it needs nurturing, patience, attention and love. The Fool realizes she is right, thanks her and moves on his way.
In early versions (before Rider-Waite), the Empress is usually pregnant, which evokes great symbolism to the card’s meaning.
When we pull the Empress in a spread, she tells us that we must be patient and nurture our ideas or projects until they come to fruition. She’s all about creation, whether it’s creating life, business, art or love. The Magician is the inspiration of the idea, the High Priestess the inspiration turned to actual idea, and the Empress the womb in which it is nurtured and grown. It is a time of abundance in the Querent’s life.