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The Emperor Art and Meaning

Tarot Genoves Tarot Deck

He is crowned (and leaning against a throne, his legs form a cross, and beside him, beneath his left hand, is a shield blazoned with an eagle). In his right hand he bears a sceptre similar to that of the Empress. His body and arms form a triangle, of which his head is the apex, so that the whole figure represents a triangle above a cross. He represents Realisation.

About the Deck

A reproduction of an authentic Genovean Tarot exhibited at the Fournier Playing Card Museum.

Provenance

Genova, Italy. 1887

Meaning of The Emperor from the Tarot Genoves Tarot Deck Deck

Upright

Realisation, Effect, Development;

Reversed

Stoppage, Check, Immature, Unripe.

According to Many Schools of Thought

A. E. Waite's Secondary Meanings

The Emperor, by imputation the spouse of the former. He is occasionally represented as wearing, in addition to his personal insignia, the stars or ribbons of some order of chivalry. I mention this to shew that the cards are a medley of old and new emblems. Those who insist upon the evidence of the one may deal, if they can, with the other. No effectual argument for the antiquity of a particular design can be drawn from the fact that it incorporates old material; but there is also none which can be based on sporadic novelties, the intervention of which may signify only the unintelligent hand of an editor or of a late draughtsman.

S. L. MacGregor Mathers's Divinatory Meanings

Upright

Realisation, Effect, Development

Reversed

Stoppage, Check, Immature, Unripe.

Papus's Divinatory Meanings

Will.