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Card Meanings:

The Major Arcana...

0 or 22 -The Fool
1 - Magician
2 - High Priestess
3 - Empress
4 - Emperor
5 - Hierophant
6 - Lovers
7 - Chariot
8 - Strength
9 - Hermit
10 - Wheel of Fortune
11 - Justice
12 - Hanged Man
13 - Death
14 - Temperance
15 - The Devil
16 - The Tower
17 - The Star
18 - The Moon
19 - The Sun
20 - Judgement
21 - The World

The Minor Arcana...

Wands (Rods):
King of Wands
Queen of Wands
Knight of Wands
Page of Wands
Ten of Wands
Nine of Wands
Eight of Wands
Seven of Wands
Six of Wands
Five of Wands
Four of Wands
Three of Wands
Two of Wands
Ace of Wands

King of Cups
Queen of Cups
Knight of Cups
Page of Cups
Ten of Cups
Nine of Cups
Eight of Cups
Seven of Cups
Six of Cups
Five of Cups
Four of Cups
Three of Cups
Two of Cups
Ace of Cups

King of Swords
Queen of Swords
Knight of Swords
Page of Swords
Ten of Swords
Nine of Swords
Eight of Swords
Seven of Swords
Six of Swords
Five of Swords
Four of Swords
Three of Swords
Two of Swords
Ace of Swords

Pentacles (Coins):
King of Pentacles
Queen of Pentacles
Knight of Pentacles
Page of Pentacles
Ten of Pentacles
Nine of Pentacles
Eight of Pentacles
Seven of Pentacles
Six of Pentacles
Five of Pentacles
Four of Pentacles
Three of Pentacles
Two of Pentacles
Ace of Pentacles

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The Empress
Card 3 - The Empress

Card Nicknames: The fertility card, the abundance card, the pregnancy card.

Short meaning: The card could mean a pregnancy, creative forces, a good harvest, abundance, prosperity, or good financial prospects. The Empress is usually depicted as pregnant.

Full meaning: Fertility could indicate a pregnancy, birth, marriage, motherhood, mother, wife, lover, an understanding or nurturing woman, devoted family woman, unconditional love, suffocating love, or a feminine influence. The card also could represent a good harvest, fertility, the creative force in nature, or a creative and productive period of life.

Abundance could refer to prosperity, success, financial security, abundant happiness, good luck, comfort, luxury, material gain, or excess. It can also indicate creativity, imagination, achievement, initiative, productivity, progress, protectiveness, or a stable environment.

Empress Reversed
The Empress card's reversal indicates problems with fertility and abundance. Fertility issues could be pregnancy difficulties, infertility, or an unwanted pregnancy. Reversal of abundance could be poverty, economic hardship, or lack of productivity. In addition, the reversed card could indicate poor health (mental or physical), possessiveness, disillusionment, depression, or other emotional instability.

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