France, 18th Century
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.
Action, Plan, Undertaking Movement in a matter, Initiative
Inaction, Frittering away of power, Want of Concentration Vacillation.