He has a form of the Crux ansata lor his scepter and a globe
in his left hand. He is crowned monarch-commanding, stately,
seated on a throne, the arms of which are fronted by rams'
He is executive and realization, the power of this world,
here clothed with the highest of its natural attributes. He
is occasionally represented as seated on a cubic stone,
which, however, confuses some of the issues. He is the
virile power, to which the Empress responds, and in this
sense is he who seeks to remove the Veil of Isis; yet she
remains virgo intacta.
It should be understood that this card and that of the
Empress do not precisely represent the condition of married
life, though this state is implied. On the surface, as I
have indicated, they stand for mundane royalty, uplifted on
the seats of the mighty; but above this there is the
suggestion of another presence.
They signify, also-and the male figure especially-the higher
kingship, occupying the intellectual throne. Hereof is the
lordship of thought rather than of the animal world. Both
personalities, after their own manner, are "full of strange
experience," but theirs is not consciously the wisdom which
draws from a higher world. The Emperor has been described as
(a) will in its embodied form, but this is only one of its
applications, and (b) as an expression of virtualities
contained in the Absolute Being- but this is fantasy.