The Empress

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Surrealist Tarot
Diary of a Broken Soul
bifrost Tarot
Langustl Tarot



The Empress card inspired various different visions among Tarotsmith’s artists. While bifrost stays close to the map laid out by the Book of Thoth and Rider-Waite decks, other decks vary considerably in their interpretations. Langustl does also stay with its format, prefering to make you look at the card as if you are the character it portrays. Just a hand holding the Empress’ scepter along with a sprinkling of items that symbolize her is enough to put you in her place.


It is difficult to understand what the artist was thinking when he made the Empress of the Surrealist Tarot getting executed in the sewers. The point seems to be change. Or is it about the corruption of power. Anyway this is a strange variation, but Surrealism is all about that kind of warped reality. Still this twist reveals another side of the Empress, in this case maybe not in the most positive light.



Ordinarily the Empress is a stately figure sitting serenely on her throne, a representation of the archetypal female authority figure passively wielding power over her subjects. Diary of a Broken Soul beautifully captures her traditional essence in non-traditional form. In a bed of roses, a nude goddess is the tie that binds 2 serpentine DNA strands, holding them apart in a display of true power. Also the bifrost Empress matches the Emperor when laid together to form one large card, a central court for the play of the heavens.





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