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The Empress Art and Meaning Visconti A Tarot Deck Fragment Deck

Designation

The Empress

About the Deck

Visconti A Tarot Deck Fragment

(aka Cary-Yale Tarot Deck or Visconti di Madrone Tarot Deck) One of the earliest Tarot Decks, the Cary Yale Visconti Deck is entirely gilded, with fine paintings upon it. Like the other Visconti decks, it features numerous heraldic devices. Unlike the other Visconti decks, it features a maid and a lady among the court cards.

Traditionally said to have been commissioned by Fillipo Maria Visconti for the 1441 marriage of Bianca Maria Visconti to Francesco Sforza I.

Provenance

Italy, c. 1441.

Tags

imperial-eagle, trumps-3, the-empress

According to Many Schools of Thought

A. E. Waite's Secondary Meanings

The Empress, who is sometimes represented with full face, while her correspondence, the Emperor, is in profile. As there has been some tendency to ascribe a symbolical significance to this distinction, it seems desirable to say that it carries no inner meaning. The Empress has been connected with the ideas of universal fecundity and in a general sense with activity.

S. L. MacGregor Mathers's Divinatory Meanings

Upright

Action, Plan, Undertaking Movement in a matter, Initiative

Reversed

Inaction, Frittering away of power, Want of Concentration Vacillation.

Papus's Divinatory Meanings

Action. Initiative.

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