3 The Empress – Golden Dawn

3 The Empress - Golden Dawn Major Arcana

Divinatory Meanings of The Empress

Beauty, happiness, pleasure, success, luxury, dissipation.

MacGregor Mathers

Action, Plan, Undertaking, Movement in a matter, Initiative.

Reversed meanings

Inaction, Frittering away power, Want of Concentration, Vacillation.

Golden Dawn Title of The Empress

The Daughter of the Mighty Ones

Correct design of The Empress

A crowned woman

Astrological Attributes


Hebrew letter Daleth – D

The Wife. Alchemical Salt. The Gate of the Equilibrium of the Universe

Daleth = The Wife. Alchemical Salt. The Gate

Lamed = Equilibrium

Tau = Universe

Daleth, a Door, refers to the position of the path as joining Chokmah and Binah. It is the gate of the Supernals. Again, it is the letter of Venus; and shows the sexual symbolism. The shape suggests the porch of a doorway, or a porched tent-flap.

Path of Wisdom

The Fourteenth Path is the Illuminating Intelligence, and is so called
because it is the founder of the concealed and fundamental ideas of

Deities associated with The Empress

Egyptian Gods


Goddess of Love

Greek Gods


Goddess of Love

Flora and Fauna of The Empress




Precious Stone


Emerald is the colour of Venus in the King Scale.


Turquoise is the blue of Venus in the Queen Scale, but its tendency is
to fade into green. When it does this its value is destroyed, and this
reminds us of the external splendour and internal corruption of Nogah.



The Sparrow is traditional to Venus.


The Pelican is specifically mentioned in Crowley’s Empress in the Book of Thoth.




The Apple is traditionally appropriate to Venus on account of the legend
of the Fall. there are however various traditions concerning the Tree
of Knowledge of Good and Evil.


The Peach belongs to Venus on account of its soft beauty and sweetness,
the external splendour of its bloom being easily brushed off, its
tendency to rot and the prussic acid in its kernel.


The Fig is Venusian on account of its sexual symbolism.

Magical Attributions of The Empress

Magical Powers


Magical Weapon

The Girdle

The Girdle is the traditional weapon of Venus. It represents the
ornament of beauty. When it is untied it can be used to bind and
blindfold the candidate. It thus represents the power of fascination by

Magical Formula


Colour Scales of The Empress

Knight Colour Scale

Emerald Green

Queen Colour Scale

Sky blue

Prince Colour Scale

Early Spring Green

Princess Colour Scale

Bright Rose or cerise, rayed pale Green.

The defect of Venus is its tendency to romance (rose or cerise) –
“External Splendour” Nogah. It is perfected by reality and usefulness –
the emerald of vegetable life and growth.

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