Empress and Female Pope Tarot Cards
(Magdalene Heresy – Tarot IV)
The first glance at these three women, the Empress, Justice and the Female Pope you can see the similarities of the three cards. But, the main focal point I would like to emphasize is the shape of the M in the backdrop of each of these women. The Empress and the Female Pope backdrops are in red which would make the initials M.M. “Mary Magdalene. If you like to read more about the Female Pope click this link: Female Pope and scroll to the middle of the page.
Justice Tarot Card)
The middle card Justice also has a golden shape M. The Justice card had an older name. The Romanies or wandering gypsies, referred to this card as “the Scales of Magdalene.” The wandering gypsies were the promoters of the Tarot, traveling from Court to Court, sharing the Tarot both as a game and as an oracle.
Empress Tarot Card)
In the following, I provide a more in-depth discussion of the meaning of the Empress card and her counterpart, as represented in the Emperor card, because I became very curious about each Royal family’s eagle coat of arms. Looking closer at the images in the cards, one can see that the wings of the Emperor’s eagle crest is different then the Empress. This observation inspired me to research who was the royal families that carried these crest.
The Emperor’s royal crest comes from the House of Monthermer, in England. Ralph de Monthermer began as a square to Gilbert de Clare, but after Gilbert died Ralph fell in love with Gilbert’s widow Joan of Acre, who was known as the “Rebel Princess.” She was given this name, because rather than following her father’s arranged marriage. she married Ralph from a space of Love. Since her father was King Edward of England, this resulted in unwanted turmoil in the Royal House.
When Joan became pregnant, King Edward ultimately accepted the union of marriage of his daughter with Ralph. Ralph was later knighted into the humble square, as Ralph Monthermer, the first Baron of Monthermer. So the Emperor card and its image of the eagle crest comes from a Royal House that symbolizes the choosing of love rather than an arranged marriage, which was the accepted norm in the 13th century.
The Princess Joan of Acres also has an interesting Pedigree and is worthy of discussion in the context of the Empress card. While her parents, the King Edward I of England and Queen Eleanor of Castile were involved in the Crusades, she was born in Israel. Upon their return to Europe, Joan was left to the care of her maternal grandmother, Joan the Countess of Ponthieu of France, whose grandfather Was Louie VII. This means that Joan of Acres, her mother Eleanor of Castile and her Grandmother Joan Countess of Ponthieu all were descendants of the Merovingian Bloodline! The Merovingian bloodline is claimed to be the descendants of Mary Magdalene and Christ.
Although the Merovingian Kings stopped ruling France after King Dagobert II, it was common place that the Kings of England and France arranged marriages with the Princesses who came from the bloodline of the Merovingian Kings because they believed to have lineage’s roots to Jesus and Mary Magdalene. In summary, Joan of Acres was not only a Rebel Princess who married because of the bond of Love, she also was in the direct lineage of the Merovingian Kings, coming through King Louie VII and his father King Louie VI. Link: Merovingian Lineage
The Eagle Crest of the Empress card is not the crest of Joan of Acre’s family. It is an unusual coat of arms in that most eagles are facing in the opposite direction. For this reason, I felt the Empress’s eagle must be the counterpart to the Emperor’s eagle crest. The Empress’s eagle crest is placed on her lap in the higher position while the Emperor’s eagle crest is placed on the ground. Her eagles’ wings curl inward while his eagles’ wings rise up. The eagles seem to mirror each other, the perfect match, a match that was chosen out of Amour rather than duty to family, state, or church.
Back to the three ladies and the relevant symbolic meaning of their combined narrative: the Empress who chose Love and the forgotten Female Pope both look to the Scale of Magdalene, as reflected by the Justice Card, waiting for the time when the balance of the Sacred Masculine and the Sacred Feminine is manifested. The time for the fruition is now!
Edited by Anant Akash