Right: a colored engraving by Giovanni Lacinio, from 1714, of the Magnum Opus, with many elements that we also see on the various Emperor cards through the ages. The symbols on the tree trunk (spine) are the three primary alchemical elements: salt, sulfur and mercury. The two LIONS represent the animal drives that, sublimated (the wings), provide the force necesary to complete the process of God-realization. The symbols above the lions are the FOUR ELEMENTS: fire, earth, water, and air. The GLOBE (orb) with cross, on top of the tree trunk, stands for spirit ruling over matter (four elements). The SUN and the MOON, at the top of the illustration, represent duality. A small sun and moon are also depicted in the globe: the duality has merged into oneness. The white EAGLE symbolizes the completed process.