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Empowering Transformation: Therapeutic Tarot with the Divine Feminine Essence of the Empress

In the realm of therapeutic exploration, the ancient wisdom of Tarot intertwines seamlessly with modern healing modalities, offering profound insights and transformative guidance. At the heart of this fusion lies the majestic Empress card, embodying the essence of the Divine Feminine and Mother Earth energies.

The Empress: Gateway to Divine Nurturance

As we gaze upon the Empress card, we are enveloped by the nurturing embrace of the Goddess, the embodiment of creativity, abundance, and unconditional love. With her gentle presence, she beckons us to embrace our innate creativity, to nurture our dreams, and to cultivate a deeper connection with ourselves and the world around us.

The Empress Archetype
The Creative Force of the Empress

Therapeutic Tarot and IFS: Bridging Inner Realms

Within the framework of Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy, the Empress archetype serves as a guiding light, an embodiment of the Feminine energies of the Higher Self, inviting us to explore the inner landscape of our psyche with compassion and curiosity. Just as the Empress unifies mind, body, and spirit, IFS facilitates the integration of fragmented parts of the self, fostering harmony and healing.

Embodiment and Transpersonal Teachings: Manifesting Dreams into Reality

In the journey of therapeutic transformation, embodiment becomes a sacred practice, allowing us to anchor our intentions and aspirations into the physical realm. With the Empress as our guide, we harness the power of earthy creativity, birthing our ideas into tangible manifestations. Through transpersonal teachings, we transcend the limitations of the ego, tapping into the boundless wellspring of universal wisdom.

Tools for Therapists and Clients: Nurturing the Soul

For therapists and clients alike, the Empress offers a wealth of tools for soul nourishment and growth. Through Tarot readings infused with therapeutic intention, we unlock the wisdom of the Empress, inspiring positive outcomes and new beginnings. By embracing self-care practices and finding beauty in the mundane, we rejuvenate our spirits and replenish our creative energies.

Embracing the Empress's Blessings: Birthing Abundance and Growth

With the Empress as our guiding star, we affirm our readiness to give birth to an abundantly rich life. As we move calmly and gracefully towards what feels like a resounding "yes" in our lives, we align with the flow of universal energy, trusting that we are on the right track. Through profound healing and blessings, we honor the Divine Feminine within and embrace the transformative journey of growth and expansion.

Embrace Your Inner Empress

In the tapestry of therapeutic exploration, the Empress reigns supreme, offering a beacon of light and guidance on our path to healing and transformation. With her nurturing presence and boundless love, she reminds us to honor our creative impulses, to nourish our souls, and to embrace the beauty of our journey. As we embody the essence of the Empress, we step into our power, ready to give birth to a life of abundance, growth, and profound fulfillment.

Powerful Mantra

"I embrace the readiness to birth a life overflowing with abundance and richness."

Evidence-Based Support for Therapeutic Tarot:

  1. Research on Symbolic Healing: Studies such as those by Mead and Bower (2000) have explored the efficacy of symbolic healing modalities like Tarot in promoting psychological well-being and resilience.

  2. Mind-Body Connection: Research in psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) suggests that practices involving visualization and imagery, which are integral to Tarot work, can positively influence the mind-body connection and enhance holistic healing (Kiecolt-Glaser et al., 2002).

  3. Narrative Therapy Approach: Therapeutic Tarot aligns with the principles of narrative therapy, which emphasizes the power of storytelling in reshaping one's perceptions and experiences (White & Epston, 1990). Through Tarot readings, individuals construct empowering narratives that facilitate healing and growth.

Resources for Further Exploration:

  1. "Tarot Psychology: Handbook for the Jungian Tarot" by Robert Wang and Robert Place - This book delves into the psychological aspects of Tarot, drawing parallels with Jungian psychology and offering insights into therapeutic applications.

  2. "Tarot for Your Self: A Workbook for Personal Transformation" by Mary K. Greer - Greer provides practical exercises and techniques for using Tarot cards for personal growth and self-discovery.

  3. "Tarot and Psychology: Spectrums of Possibility" edited by Arthur Rosengarten - This anthology explores the intersection of Tarot and psychology from various perspectives, offering diverse insights into the therapeutic potential of Tarot.

Embodiment Exercise: Empress Visualization:

  1. Find a quiet and comfortable space where you won't be disturbed. Sit or lie down in a relaxed position.

  2. Close your eyes and take several deep breaths, allowing yourself to settle into a state of calmness and relaxation.

  3. Envision yourself surrounded by lush greenery, bathed in warm sunlight. You are in a beautiful garden, tended to by the nurturing presence of the Empress.

  4. Feel the earth beneath you, grounding and supporting you. Allow yourself to connect with the nurturing energy of Mother Earth, feeling her embrace and love.

  5. Visualize the Empress standing before you, radiating warmth and compassion. Feel her presence enveloping you in a cocoon of unconditional love and acceptance.

  6. Take a moment to reflect on areas of your life where you seek abundance, creativity, and growth. Envision these desires taking root within you, blossoming into beautiful manifestations.

  7. Stay in this space for as long as feels comfortable, soaking in the nurturing energy of the Empress and allowing yourself to embody her qualities of creativity, abundance, and grace.

  8. When you're ready, slowly bring your awareness back to the present moment. Open your eyes and take a few moments to ground yourself before continuing with your day.

This exercise can help you deepen your connection with the energy of the Empress, fostering a sense of inner abundance and creativity. As you embody these qualities, you align yourself with the transformative power of Therapeutic Tarot, paving the way for healing and growth.


  • Kiecolt-Glaser, J. K., McGuire, L., Robles, T. F., & Glaser, R. (2002). Emotions, morbidity, and mortality: New perspectives from psychoneuroimmunology. Annual Review of Psychology, 53(1), 83–107.

  • Mead, S. & Bower, M. (2000). 'It feels like a gut feeling': The case for non-rational practice in social work. Social Work Education, 19(6), 549–562.

  • White, M., & Epston, D. (1990). Narrative means to therapeutic ends. W. W. Norton & Company.

With love, AGLOW

Stacy Ruse, LPC

Stacy Ruse, LPC, is an esteemed Evergreen EMDR consultant, IFS-Institute consultant, and founder of Aglow Counseling. Stacy teaches a therapeutic style that is characterized by the art of EMDR & IFS therapies with a transpersonal twist, transcending the conventional boundaries of traditional therapy. Her holistic approach acknowledges the interconnectedness of mind, body, and spirit allowing individuals to tap into their innate resilience and ignite their personal transformation journey. As a trauma expert, national and international trainer, and clinical consultant, Stacy's approach is deeply rooted in trauma-informed methodologies.


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