The Qabalistic and metaphysic, symbolism was explained in Part one of The Empress; however, there is much more to realize if one is to be a powerful reader of Tarot.
It is necessary for the reader to understand that all nature is bound together in a continuity of life- blood .The Great Mother Ocean flows in all of us as a blood PH that is the same as the Ocean PH. The Thoth Deck key 3, The Empress, thus flows in our "Life Force" and both Male and Female are her "children"; all Form belongs to her.
We must also see that there is no break between light and dark. The Dark is the foundational substance that light reflects on. This phenomena is often called the two sides of the mirror; dark side and light side. Isis (the reflected)is not a different Goddess than Nephthys (the darkness), She is the "other side" of Her. When these considerations are fully understood, it is possible to reconcile Quantum Theory with Electro-magnetic equations.
The consort of the Empress is the Key 4-The Emperor, his Red Eagle corresponds to her White Eagle. For the student it is often necessary to understand that sometimes, with these High Cards, it is necessary to work backwards, as these are symbols of perfection. In the Empress and Emperor we have the initial perfection of Nature (a perfect economy of energy) and the Perfection of the Art (...to be). I hope I am not confusing anyone here, as I try to explain the inexplicable nature of Dark Energy and Dark Matter as reflectors of light. The fact that Spiral Energy (Spirit) is Dark Energy, may go beyond our understanding: However, realizing that Spirit makes forms out of light by the process of "Self Reflection", may corral this elusive idea.
The Arch or door, at the back of The Empress card, is representative of the Gate of Heaven; the transition from reflected light to the darkness of unlimited light.. The student who is dazzled by any given manifestation may be led astray, for there is no other card that explains the axiom,"Can't see the forest through the trees", than this one. The competent Tarot reader must look past the parts to see the whole of the Empress.
When this somewhat complex card is thrown during a reading, the querent is experiencing, beauty, happiness. pleasure, success, and also luxury. There is also wise-love implied here.
Imagination (the Womb with a View) is everything here and there is an opening towards all sensuality, implying a welcoming person who is receptive and finding great comfort in Nature;creatures and people without need for control.
In order for this card to be ill defined, some very evil cards must accompany it in order to imply a certain self indulgence and intemperate living.
This card is the "Mother" of the ternary Goddess, "Maid, Mother and Crone".
Thank you for your interest and comments. May you live long and prosper!