Tuesday, May 26, 2009
If the Empress is the mother, the Emperor is the father. The Emporer is the great authority figure of the Tarot, representing fathers and father-figures (including bosses, judges and presidents.) In the best case scenario, The Emperor signifies the leader that we all want to follow - sitting steadily on a solid throne, benign ruler of all he surveys. He has age and wisdom and strength. But that immovable throne can also be a trap, a responsibility that has the Emperor feeling restless, bored and irritable.
I was looking through all the various versions of Emperor Cards and I realized I was looking for an image of an iron fist in a velvet glove. When I think of the Emperor, I think of will and power, and while on the outside he may have velvety softness,in the end, he is the iron fist.
Which is why I like the Inner Child image for him – as the Emperor with no Clothes – in the fairy tale, the tailors pretend to have this magical fabric and fool the king, who then fools the court, to ignore the evidence of their own eyes. But when a child points out the truth, he can hear the child, and change. (though I think in the story he also kills the con men tailors.)
In a reading, who or what the Emporer signifies really depends on context – the Emperor can be an overprotective but loving father, a strong lover or a tyrannical boss, and if the querent themselves is the emperor, we try to see what kind of ruler they are being in their own world.
Friday, May 22, 2009
You are the World
Completion, Good Reward.
The World is the final card of the Major Arcana, and as such represents saturnian energies, time, and completion.
The World card pictures a dancer in a Yoni (sometimes made of laurel leaves). The Yoni symbolizes the great Mother, the cervix through which everything is born, and also the doorway to the next life after death. It is indicative of a complete circle. Everything is finally coming together, successfully and at last. You will get that Ph.D. you've been working for years to complete, graduate at long last, marry after a long engagement, or finish that huge project. This card is not for little ends, but for big ones, important ones, ones that come with well earned cheers and acknowledgements. Your hard work, knowledge, wisdom, patience, etc, will absolutely pay-off; you've done everything right.
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Friday, May 8, 2009
I’m far more drawn to the Empress than the High Priestess (which probably says far more about me than the cards!) I find her one of the easiest cards to interpret correctly, no matter where she falls.
The Empress is the earth mother – often in tarot cards she’s drawn as pregnant – and she is pregnant – with ideas, with creativity, with the very fundamentals of creation.
Of course, Mothers can smother as well as mother – so the Mother Goose aspect, too fretful, too concerned, not giving space, also works for her. Giving birth is also about letting go…
But like all women, when she’s good she’s very, very good. When people are worried about whether relationships or jobs will prosper, the Empress is a very good assurance. It tells you that you can have whatever you want from your new romance, new business, new creative venture, but that it’s still in utero, and needs time to gestate. Take baby steps and give it time to grow, and you’ll get what you want (and who doesn’t want to hear that in a reading!)