In a small number of posts, I have at times either mentioned or indicated that the placing or ordering of the Emperor in relation to the Empress makes of him either turning his back to the Pope, or indeed facing him... all this when the cards are placed in sequence. The direction towards the left or the right also, of course, indicating whether Greek/Roman or Hebrew is used.
If, then, in the vernacular, his back faces the Spiritual, and the Empress appears on the 'wrong' side. If we follow the series in Hebrew letter fashion, he faces the higher realms, and a 'correct' depiction of the Empress and Emperor is maintained.
An indication of the various and simultaneous possibilities given the three scripts used during mediaeval times (Hebrew, Greek and Roman - as also found in the word 'AZOTh') thus gives us further hints as to possible allegories based on card sequence.
In days of old logic dictated that when people passed each other
on the road they should be in the best possible position to use
their sword to protect themselves. As most people are right
handed they therefore keep to their left. This practice was
formalised in a Papal Edict by Pope Benefice around 1300AD
who told all his pilgrims to keep to the left.
I think a man might want his woman to keep to his left, but she
could also cover his back so it isn't a sort of weakness thing.
And a man ought to walk between a woman and any road traffic,
or sit to the outside of a booth.
Man kept woman to their left, also for the “courteous” reason that she would then be close to his heart. In marriages, some say that this is also a memory of old times, when the bride was kidnapped, and the groom had to be ready to fight her defenders with his right hand, while holding her with his left…Also, Eve was created out of a rib of Adam's left side.
I don’t know any representation of a couple, in ancient tomb sculpture (where etiquette rules were very clear and strictly followed), where the lady is not depicted at the man’s left side.