Here we see the 3rd consecutive card to show flowers blooming in the background. In this case the blooms are more prominent, and really add to the energy of life in abundance. Our Empress is a beautiful woman, yet she does not give the impression of being vain or egotistical of her beauty. We have a hint of her position through her head-dress as well as the sceptre and orb, but the general appearance is under stated. If she did not have these items, we would be totally unaware of her standing and position as Empress. A lady who has stature and position, yet at the same time is very approachable and at ease in simple surroundings. She has the symbol of fertility on the chaise lounge but she does not appear to be showing signs of pregnancy herself. The whole energy of this card is positive and harmonised. It is as if she has found a favourite retreat or serene space amongst the flowers, with the added backdrop of the mountain scene and river/lake. She really does make you feel as though you want to curl up at her feet or sit beside her to share in this feeling and atmosphere of being at one with nature. Whenever the Empress appears you just get the feeling that everything is okay, or will turn out for the better. It may not have the overt vibe or energy associated with success as depicted by other cards, but it is still there nevertheless. The type of success or achievement that does not necessarily come with a fanfare!