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zagone  zagone is offline
Join Date: 08 Jan 2003
Location: Washington DC Metro Area
Posts: 80

The interplay between the Empress and Emperor cards is very interesting. I see the Empress as playing a Goddess of Sovereignty role here. Its her job to convey kingship.

Notice how she has stars around her head (indicating divinity?) while he does not. Notice how she is holding the crown (as if to bestow it) while he wears it. She is shown as flat with the background -- almost an eternal part of the landscape and the tapestry (of life?) that she weaves. The Emperor stands out very much in the foreground as the current ruler.

In this light, I see the pillar with the woman on it as indicating the state of the land. Under his able rule, the land and the Empress (they are the same) bear fruit at the top of the pillar/tree.

-- Zagone
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