This card denotes power, and loneliness that comes with it. The Emperor is depicted as a Ceaser. He is stuck inside with the symbols of his authority. I imagine this is a stuffy room in an Italian summer, with one little window and no A/C, just past the frame is a line of his followers and advisors pestering him. While he keeps a stoweick face he is tired. (Just my imagination taking it a step further). Unlike the Empress who is outside enjoying a beautiful day with their child, and nature, he is inside following his rules)
For the Emperor
information about St. Martin (I donít think this is that important since he is more like a Roman Ceaser in the card)
The Fleur-de-lis that the Emperor is holding on his scepter has a vast meaning. Because of its three points it represents three (the trinity, and in boy scouts their scout promise). Virtually any three you can think of, I also think that to Catholics it represents the Virgin Mary (probably the best for this card given the time period these paintings were made), this might be because it is a stylized version of a lily flower which is purity itself.
The artwork for the Emperor, Black cape and throne, lion, and scepter comes form the art work of my all-time favorite early Italian painter Simone Martini. I was always drawn to his work, and later found out that my husbandís Italian roots include the Martini family (I just like to think that is the reason I was drawn to his work). And by the way, if you think it is odd I have a favorite early Italian painter, I was an Art Historian, and lived in Italy for a bit. http://www.christusrex.org/www2/art/Simone_Martini.htm
has a quick bio on him. My other excitement when I started this writing was that the works that are the source for the black eagle, and lion is from Santa Maria Novella in Florence, one of the nicest neatest spots to visit in Florence. It is a bit off the normal tourist spots but it is a great place to see. http://www.bluffton.edu/~sullivanm/marian/marian.html
The black eagle source http://www.kfki.hu/~arthp/html/g/ghi...b/5vault3.html
I donít know what the symbolism could be for the eagle but let me give it a shot. Eagles, and birds are messengers. They are able to reach the gods by flying high. The Eagle is majestic, and has been a symbol not only for Americans but for Romans as well. If memory serves the Romanís regarded the Eagle as a symbol of the warrior, and power. Their legions would carry golden eagles or maybe it was a flag. I think it was the 12 eagles of Rome (the number could be wrong). Loosing an Eagle for a legion was catastrophe and they would go to no end to get it/them back.
Does anyone know the meaning of a black eagle? Or have a different interpretation?