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The Empress Art and Meaning

Court de Gebelin Trumps

About the Deck

Drawn by Court de Gebelin in attempt to show that the Tarot was Egyptian in origin, these cards represent the height of circular logic. They are far more eighteenth-century than they are Egyptian, and in any case they are basically a reproduction of the far older Marseilles pattern tarot deck, with some ideological changes to help him prove his own point.

Provenance

Court de Gebelin. France, 1781.

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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