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HP Tarot - 4 The Emperor

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(2008) 5 1/2" x 10 1/2" Pencil on Paper. Processed and framed in Photoshop.

Arcana 3 and 4, the Empress and the Emperor, stand for the archetypes of mother and father. So from Harry's perspective I decided they'd have to be Lily and James.

James is shown with his animagus form, the stag, seeing that that ability of his had so much influence throughout the story, by determining both Harry's and ultimately through Lily even Snape's patronus.

I wanted to contrast his surroundings from those of Lily by showing her in a form of domesticated nature in a garden, and his out in the wild of the forest.

Again I worked with the actor who portrayed him in photos and as a ghost. I also used stock from :iconailinstock: as reference for the cloaked torso and hand holding the staff

As a card the Emperor signifies the male order of things. Patriarchy has gotten a bad rap since the 19th century - two world wars instigated and fought by men and the rape of the natural world by 19th century ideas of capitalism will do that to you - but there are positive sides to it as well: civilization, laws and rules of society, science and research that cures and improves mankind's lot, the willingness to take the lead, to take responsibility, to provide and to keep the weak ones safe are also attributes of this card.

The Emperor and Empress work best when they are in harmony, when they respect each other's strengths and weaknesses and support each other. The Empress out of control is tsunamies and earthquarkes, the natural world grinding us into the ground to reshape mankind into the next experiment of evolution without regard for intelligence, beauty or emotion. The Emperor out of control is polluted air, radioactive waste, the intricacies of science abused to kill the earth and other people for the illusion of absolute power and control.
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Micky-P's avatar
Its nice to find somebody who appreciates the need for balance between the masculine and feminine principles as you have communicated through your Emperor and Empress tarot.

I've been getting sick of the "men are responsible for all evil, if we had a matriarchal goddess worshiping society everything would be sunshine and happiness" crap that pours from every orifice of the wiccan and pagan community *rolls eyes*

I'll keep an eye on the status of your deck, if it every gets into wider production I guarantee you it wont be long before I have your deck in my collection.