The Emperor (2) by Anna Shaw

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The Emperor

Who says that women cannot rule the world?

I was initially inspired by the way Carl Jung used the Tarot to get his subjects to explore their own subconscious selves, through the universal archetypes represented by each card.

At the same time, I had become aware that repeatedly we are bombarded with photo montages of women that are perpetuate the romanticised fantasy of dreamy, pure, young girls, and I began to wonder what this does for our inner psyches.

I know that there is much more to us that that, so this deck is my attempt to explore different aspects of the female psyche using the archetypes inherent in the Tarot as tools. It is to be an exploration and celebration of the complexity of women everywhere.

The Emperor

On your journey to self awareness, you next come across The Emperor. She is a complex character. She rules her empire with strength and power. She expects to be obeyed. She is filled with enthusiasm, energy and aggression. She is direct, strong and forceful.

Unfortunately, she can also be a tyrant and be impatient, demanding, and controlling. In the best of circumstances, she signifies the leader that everyone wants to follow, sitting on a throne that indicates the solid foundation of an Empire she created, loves and rules with intelligence and enthusiasm. In the worst, it is an empire of rigid rules and punishments if you do not obey.

But that throne can also be a trap, a responsibility that has the Emperor feeling restless, bored and discontent.

The Emperor will show you how to gain control over your environment, – including your body, your temper, your instincts and your life. She will tell you that this is not the time to be guided by the wants and needs of others, and she will give you permission to be aggressive, strong and bold,and in command. She will also give you permission to give up power if that self same power is weighing you down.

I created this in Photoshop CS4.
Several of my own textures were merged together for the background and then overlaid with the fabulous
Background that you can see.

For the Emperor, I had to stitch together several different body parts to get her riding the horse. The models came from the fabulous mizzd- stock

The Horse

The layers for each individual component were added, and duplicated several times using different blending modes in order to achieve the right depth of colour against the background. Colour-fill layers were blended in finally to unify the whole.

Music: John Lennon, singing ‘Revolution’


The others in the series are….

The others in this series are…
The Fool

The Magician

Anna and Robert have only recently moved to Kent, having spent six years living France where they first embarked on wedding photography. They are passionate about photography, and have a real love for shooting weddings, gaining so much pleasure and fun from these special days.

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  • © Kira Bodensted
    © Kira Bodenstedover 5 years ago

    Oh Boy – or I should say Girl – this is certainly powerful Anna.
    Fantastic work – please don’t go change it anymore – it’s perfection
    well worth the wait :o)))

  • Thanks so much. Isn’t it hard to feel pleased about your own work? I am still vacillating between the two.. I do like this one – but felt I was verging towards the romanticised woman a bit too much. But then I thought that there are so very many cards in the pack that a couple of romantic ones would not be a bad thing!. Thanks so much for your lovely comment.

    – Anna Shaw

  • coppertrees
    coppertreesover 5 years ago

    Great job Anna

  • Thank you so much.

    – Anna Shaw

  • Mr-E
    Mr-Eover 5 years ago

    Oh yes, very Boudica!. Great strength, power and leadership captured in this version! Fantastic colours, and compostion is terrific too!

  • Thanks my friend and especially for the fave. I am so pleased you like her.

    – Anna Shaw

  • JaneSolomon
    JaneSolomonover 5 years ago

    Oh just stunningly beautiful and powerful xx

  • Thanks so much Jane, and especially for the fave. I really appreciate that.

    – Anna Shaw

  • scottimages
    scottimagesover 5 years ago

    Outstanding!! A powerful woman indeed!! I must have missed version 1, but am very pleased I’ve seen this one. love it!

  • Thanks so much Rosemary— I have just read Lorraine’s Bmail – so I am very happy this morning!!
    In version 1 I felt that I did not do justice to this powerful and strong woman, – in fact she looked all too much like me after a couple of glasses of red wine!! So I deleted it and started again!
    Thanks for your lovely comment.

    – Anna Shaw

  • nishagandhi
    nishagandhiover 5 years ago

    very nice work!!!

  • Thanks my friend – and for the fave.

    – Anna Shaw

  • -Whisper-
    -Whisper-over 5 years ago

    Are you mad at me if I say I liked the other one better….
    What I liked about her was that she was older, she felt wise and with a lot of experience and knowledge. So that’s why I liked her better.
    This one is really nice too, she feels very Aires though, a warrior. Powerful, very assertive and on a quest of some sort.
    I feel a lot of fire here, very Mars but she knows what she is doing and where she is going!
    For some strange reason she reminds me of Joan of Ark. I had a picture of her in my school book where she was just like that on a white horse except that she also carried a flag, and she was at the head of an army.
    I can imagine an army behind your Emperor and they trust her, she is definitely a leader!
    Really well done Anna :)

  • No- of course I am not mad, and I do know exactly what you mean. The other one portrayed the disaffected side of the Emperor- who does get weary of the power. In many ways I preferred it too, but I did so want to portray the enormous power and force of her as a leader as well.

    She is quite Joan of Arcish. In this one I worried that I had veered towards the romanticised view of her – and did not feel happy about that, but then I also thought that there are so many cards in the pack that a couple of romanticised ones would not go amiss. At least she has not got angel wings and a diaphonous white flowing gown!! lol.

    – Anna Shaw

  • simba
    simbaover 5 years ago

    Fabulous Anna.

  • Thanks so much dear Linda.

    – Anna Shaw

  • Edengirl
    Edengirlover 5 years ago

    Wow that works really well

  • Thank you – that is so kind.

    – Anna Shaw

  • David's Photoshop
    David's Photoshopover 5 years ago

    WOW and double WOW

    Just fantastic Anna, powerful, forceful and beautiful, very well crafted.

    David xx

  • Thanks so much dear David, that is so lovely. I wonder if I will ever get to the stage where I am really happy with what I have done????

    – Anna Shaw

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