His clothes fell off!
Upright, The Emperor is what he is, an Emperor, the archetypal Father, authoritarian, and wise protector of the realm. Many realms. This is again the number 4 but today of the Major Arcana, and an even higher degree of structure, stability and control. The ram’s head on the armrest of his throne indicates the influence of the astrological sign Aries, the sign of the Ram, and he can be as determined and as tough as one – that’s how he got to be Emperor. The entire card is fire-colored: reds, oranges, yellows. He is experienced and respected. He ‘got around’ in his younger days and still would if he could but the Queen wouldn’t stand for it. His beard and hair are snow-white but he wears a gold armor over his chest molded into the well-defined abs of a much younger man. What a strange little detail (Morgan-Greer deck).
There is a proud eagle carved into his throne, and he rests his left hand, holding his sword pointed down. One booted leg is tossed over the other casually, he is secure in his position.
Reversed, we’re talking abuse of power, cruelty, tyranny, corruption. The throne is toppled.
His fine clothes have fallen off and his sword now points up as if to defend his flailing, naked, saggy ass. The girdle falls away and his belly flops out. The proud, golden, swooping eagle on his crown lies on the ground, broken, exposing his old bald head.
This isn’t pretty.