3 Sustenance (Empress)

Sustenance, traditionally called the Empress, helps to sustain and nurture her family, her community, and herself. She is confident in her abilities as a leader and in her intellect and skills to strengthen those in her sphere. She has a deep commitment to the welfare of nature and the earth as well as people. Sustenance is abundant in all ways. She does not want for anything and is generous in what she gives to help empower others.

Sustenance has a deep connection with the feminine. Femininity appears in many ways – as beauty, sensuality, fertility, creative expression, and nurturing. The attributes of Sustenance are necessary to create balance in both men and women.

In Tarot of Empowerment, Sustenance is depicted by a confident woman looking straight into the lens of life. She is present and available to those who call upon her council. She teaches love, compassion and compromise. Sustenance thrives on her relationships with children, men as well as women, and Mother Earth.