Saturday, May 9, 2009

This stately formal portrait of the 18th century Dowager Empress Xiaosheng would make a fantastic Empress card. The formality of the composition gives the ruler an iconic quality. She simply exudes authority and stability.

This is a 9th century Russian icon of the Byzantine Empress Theodora. Though this image predates the creation of the Tarot by several centuries, it could easily be incorporated into a deck.

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