Well he's really a rather boring figure isn't he? He simply sits there... wielding his power. He doesn't necessarily act. He doesn't really DO anything. He's more or less a place holder. He's like a tent peg, he holds things down. Like an anchor. He keeps the social fabric from unraveling. He cannot be questioned or threatened or moved. His passivity is reinforced by his left-looking (inward) gaze. .
8 of Swords -
The 8 of Swords represents the qualities you'd expect from the Emperor, but the Emperor is a 4 and too set in his ways, he is unchallenged by the world and has grown weak. He is a figure head. His power is symbolic. .
These two cards almost cancel one another out. If you add them together you get 3, a small increase, some measure of creativity or fruiting, but 3 has nowhere near the power or presence of 8.
Now the question is: what is the Emperor looking at?
Should we pull another card? .
Perhaps we just leave it here and say: The true power resides behind the throne not on it. .
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