The Tarot Talks To The Emperor

On Remembrance Day, The Tarot reflects on The Emperor…

Emp legacy divine

 

The Tarot’s Emperor  flags up the spirit of Aries, the Ram, first fiery sign of the Zodiac, and with it the image of the Patriarch, for good or ill. Is is in many ways, the opposite number of Virgo and The Hermit, who walks alone, but who has learned many things, understands many things, and may shine a light so that others may follow and not lose their way in the dark. The difference is, they both must do a lot of their thinking alone, but the Hermit has to be sought out. The Emperor is also alone, but is surrounded by others, and in plain sight.

hermit legacy

You could be the Emperor yourself, whether male or female,for example, as a business owner, or in many other roles.

In an abstract sense this is a card of ‘rendering unto Caesar.’  But Emperors themselves owe duty. The regalia of power is in token of service. There is no loyalty without reciprocity.

Image by kind permission of Ciro Marchetti: The Gilded Tarot: Llewellyn.

In a reading, it is likely to be turning the conversation to a senior male figure in your life; a father or grandfather, a husband, and often he is older than you, maybe an employer. Occupationally, The Emperor may be a police officer, a military man or woman,  or a worker in the Civil Service or judiciary.

The appearance of this card has several times alerted me to the fact I am sitting with an off-duty police officer, whether male or female. Once it was a judge.

Impersonally, the card signifies government and large corporations organisations,  the Armed Forces, the Law, and global or government organisations.  If you are job-hunting and this card comes up, you are likely to find work before long, no matter who the prospective employer may be, while if you have specifically applied to an organisation of this kind, your application looks likely to succeed.

English: Modern bronze statue of Julius Caesar...
English: Modern bronze statue of Julius Caesar, Rimini, Italy. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Emperor at his best is a chevalier, a sheltering tree, Rule with compassion, defender of the small and weak. Children and animals are drawn to him. Birds nesting in his branches, will feel themselves secure. He represents the path of reason and fair play and is ready to uphold it by word and deed.

He is active in order, and practices self discipline and damage limitation, reining in his strength at times, exercising it at others so that sanity prevails, and not everyone gets splattered with the filth of chaos.

Negatively aspected, that is to say. appearing in a spread with other cards such as The Tower or The Devil, there may be great tragedies and evils. The Emperor may be a tyrant or a coward. War is a Horseman of the Apocalypse. The Law may be an ass while historically, Emperors have over and over again been catastrophic for the peace and happiness of their fellow humans.

Marcus Antonius:
And Caesar’s spirit, raging for revenge,
With Ate by his side come hot from hell,
Shall in these confines with a monarch’s voice
Cry “Havoc!” and let slip the dogs of war,
That this foul deed shall smell above the earth
With carrion men, groaning for burial.

Julius Caesar Act 3, scene 1, 270-275

Julius was a ruler, a killer, and a father who was on campaign when he received news of the death in childbirth of his only child, Julia,  and mourned alone in his tent.

In all the light and shade of his complexity, The Emperor represents ‘our’ own menfolk, the ones we honour and love and sometimes fight. My beloved father, gone now. A step-father, also beloved. A baby son, gone from us before he even lived a day, but still, I knew him on sight.  My husband, my brother. The truth of the masculine as distinct from the feminine. Each person has both. More joins us than divides us, male and female, but certain biological truths do distinguish the nature of physical experience.

Red earth of Adam.

Fathers or not,  all men are sons of ‘red earth’, born to strive, to quest, to come home and rest, to see and not to say all that he sees, and on account of this to suffer deep loneliness at times; un-throned Emperors, every one.

The winners as they say, write the history. But the losers also made that same history.

 

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Harold

Betrayed by his brother

Begged wait by his mother

Echoes shrined in thread

A king still speaks

Of ships on shingle

Fields forever

Running red

 

In Praise of Fathers, All Hail To ‘The Emperor’ ….

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Katie-Ellen Hazeldine:  www.kttarot.co.uk

In view of the fact that today is ‘Father’s Day‘, as if for a father,  every day is not, I thought I’d talk about the ultimate Tarot card of Masculinity with a capital M,  The Emperor.

In general, ‘The Emperor’ appearing in a Tarot reading signifies the current extra significance of an important man in your life, at an individual level. He’s a father, husband, employer, friend or advisor.

At a conceptual level,  The Emperor stands for government, law and order, other big, hierarchical organisdations. He is the Armed Forces. He is the principle of protection and of the guardian at work in society and in the home.

See those ram’s heads on the arms of his throne? The Emperor is associated with the sign of Aries, the fiery ram. It may indicate a future event occurring at that time of year.

Image below is The Emperor from The Gilded Tarot, by kind permission of Ciro Marchetti

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Not surprisingly I’ve drawn this card when doing readings for police officers, both male and female. Women too can embody The Emperor’s qualities.

But once – and I won’t handle any more requests for lawsuit predictions; I drew the Emperor card, and it was talking about a real live  judge. This judge was in the US. We won’t say where. My client was very anxious on her son’s behalf. He had been accused of sexual assault.

The details of the charge sounded so minor as to be almost laughable, but even so, and whatever the truth, the man faced serious consequences. He was a teacher and had been suspended from his employment as it involved work with minors, although the woman making the accusation was not a minor. He faced the possibility of being debarred from his home , denied unsupervised access to his children. He was, at the time of the reading, due to appear in court four days later.

A Tarot reading is not a substitute for suitable, professional legal, medical or financial advice.  Forecasting is offered in good faith but is by law to be treated as being  for interest’s sake. In consulting ANY oracle, you need always to be prepared for the possibility you really might not like the answer.

My client, his mother, wanted to be prepared for the worst, ready to support her son.

In the Outcome position I drew:

THE EMPEROR+JUSTICE+JUDGMENT.(Judgement)

Based on this, I didn’t KNOW because a reader cannot KNOW for certain, ever. But I felt as certain as I could be, she was going to like this judge.  I felt that the man was not guilty and that the judge would decide so.

Three weeks and several new grey hairs later, I learned the  The Judge had thrown the case out. He had also offered this personal opinion:-  verbatim (pardon me)

‘What a crock of sh*t.’

The Emperor at his very best represents order, structure, logic, sense and reason.

He is a chevalier, a sheltering tree, nests held safely in his branches. He is rule with mercy, compassion for the weak. He upholds fair play raising his shield so not everyone sheltering behind it gets splattered with rubbish and,  er…manure.

He has another side to him of course: war, dictatorship, tyranny, petty officialdom, overbearing bureaucracy. The card may alternatively signify absence of structure and leadership. As a person, it may be pinpointing weakness or conversely, a bully boy. The Emperor Reversed is no joke, no doubt about it.

Historically, Emperors have often been catastrophic for the peace and happiness of their fellow humans, and Alexander the Great is no hero of mine; I’d rather nominate Dr John Snow or Charles Darwin, not only for their achievements, but for their humanity; as tender as tough.

The Creation of Adam: detail from Michaelangelo’s Fresco in the Sistine Chapel.

But greetings are due to The Emperor at the top of his game –  best friends to womankind; those men that we love, and what we love best in men, the sons and heirs of the red earth.

Let your Emperor wear his crown and ermine every now and then.  And after all, you may be an Empress, and wish to wear yours.

Greetings to the Tarot’s Emperor.