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Hermetic Tarot - The Emperor IV

The Emperor:

Son of the morning. Heh. Window.Beneath the Emperors left foot is a bee the alchemical equivalent of a ram. Two wild Himalayan rams' heads one to the upper left and the other at centre right, relate to the sign of Aries which appears at the right. The eagle and the flag combine to suggest a conqueror and the idea of authority. Supernatural powers are suggested at the top of the card by the celestial bodies that personify power and also sudden violent and impermanent activity. The orb surmounted by a Greek cross at the lower left signifies that energy has reached a successful end and that government and/or governmental rule has been firmly established. War. Conquest. Victory. Strife. Ambition. Worldly power.
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Below the Emperor is written in Hebrew the name of the angel who rules over Aries: Malchidiel.

This card seems to exude power and energy. The Emperor is master of his dominions. He is the conquering hero, the founder of a dynastic rule that one supposes is just (but may verge upon the tyrannical). This Tarot emblem signifies structure and an ordered world and universe (perhaps too much rigidity). One supposes that as leader, The Emperor will brook no opposition. He has a warlike stance and it appears that he holds a freshly severed ram's head (so he can be ruthless when necessary) He has marked out his territory with a flag of possession, which also signals the sovereignty of his Empire. He is the masculine counterpart to the previous card in the Tarot sequence of Trumps.
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