The basic Tarot symbols for this card are the gown decorated with pomegranates, a crown of twelve 6-pointed stars, a rod, a heart-shaped shield inscribed with the symbol for Venus, and a field of ripe wheat – symbolizing Isis and fertility. The Empress is a creator - of life, of romance, of art, or business, and here the idea gestates until it is ready to be born. The card symbolizes action, development, accomplishment, mother/sister/wife, and evolution; and in reverse symbolizes inaction, lack on concentration, indecision, anxiety, and infidelity.
The basic Tarot story is of the Fool, who having learnt what to do through The High Priestess, is impatient to turn his ideas into reality. As he strides forward, he meets the Empress, resting on her throne in a lush garden surrounded by grain in abundance. Kneeling by her side, he narrates his story to her. She advises him that the newly planted grain requires fertile soil, patience and nurturing, and attention. The Fool now understands that his future will take time to build and create.
This card tells the querent that if he wants his wishes to be fulfilled, he needs to exercise patience, for things to gestate and sprout.