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4: The Emperor
The Stone Cube is a symbol of the physical world, and for stability. The cube is also seen as a representation of the Major Arcana, there is ONE centre, THREE Axes (up-down, forward-backward, left-right), SIX faces, and TWELVE edges all adding to 22, the number of the Trumps.
The Helmet crowned with the symbol for Aries. It is edged with twelve leaves/triangles (six either side), like the Empress’ crown. This shows he is watchful, and responsible for all that is in his rule.
The Mountains are barren rock; this could show that his thought process is extremely rigid. Also, the river in the background is not as prominent as it is in the previous two cards, again showing that his thinking is not so reliant on his feelings. The mountains could also show the hard work involved in reaching his position as Emperor.
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