In the Legend
Six of Spears, Aurelius Ambrosius enters an unknown castle after victory over the Saxons. Wearing the purple robe of both nobility and victory, the succesful king doesn't look nearly as happy as the crowds shouting accolades from the floor and ramparts of the castle. Perhaps Ambrosius is counting the inevitable costs of war, considering the troubled future ahead, or he may simply be physically and emotionally exhausted.
Ambrosius wears gold coloured armour and gauntlet, and his intelligent looking white horse is also trimmed in gold with purple pendants. To the victor goes the gold! One of his standards displays a golden dragon on a white field, perhaps forshadowing of the reign of Uther Pendgragon his brother. Further away another standard pictures what may be a wild boar on an orange field, an intelligent, powerful and virile animal.
Pages 98 and 99 of A Keeper of Words
tell the story of Ambrosius in a bit more detail than the text accompanying the Six of Spears. We read that Ambrosius was a wise ruler who began to bring stability to Britain. His reign was cut short when he was poisoned, as his father Constantine had been. Ambrosius' brother Uther then succeeded him, and eventually Uther's son Arthur gained the throne. One wonders how the story would have played out if Ambrosious had survived.
Aurelius is a Latin name meaning golden, which is certainly reflected in his armour, the horse's trappings and in the dragon pendant. Ambrosius is another Latin name meaning immortal, and certainly his name and deeds have been perpetuated in the Arthurian legends.