pencil drawing on 9″×11″ sketchbook paper coloured on computer…The Empress sits on a throne wearing a starry crown, holding a scepter in one hand. The Scepter is representative of her power over life, her crown has twelve stars representing her dominance over the year, and there is wheat in her crown representative of her dominion over growing things. The Empress is mother, a creator and nurturer. In many decks she can be shown as pregnant. This creative force/fecundity is also represented by the rabbits. She can represent the creation of life, of romance, of art or business. The Empress can represent the germination of an idea before it is ready to be fully born. The Empress is often associated with Venus, goddess of beautiful things as well as love. The Empress is also often interpreted to be Demeter, goddess of abundance. She is the giver of earthly gifts, although at the same time, she can be overprotective and possessive The fruit on her sceptor suggests a pomegranate. She is the Queen of Heaven, as shown by her crown of stars. She is the Great Goddess, the consort of the dying god.