This card can represent the worries, struggles, misunderstandings and negative thought patterns that are a natural part of the human experience. If you are experiencing painful thoughts, this card can ask you to consider how your thoughts themselves might be exacerbating your struggle. This card also serves as a reminder that we learn from difficult experiences. We can use our reasoning and story-telling skills to reframe our experiences and lay the groundwork to move beyond the rawness.
This week a sudden happening may come like a bolt out of the blue, and jolt your world into a new paradigm. These kind of events, which come from left field, are often unsettling and disorientating, however they invariably make way for more fulfilling conditions to enter our lives. Sometimes the only way for big changes to occur is by razing the present structures to the ground, and building something stronger, more stable and enduring in it’s place. Ultimately, whatever happens this week will prove to be for the best.
You may feel a strong urge today to do something, go somewhere, get involved in something new, learn something or research something. Don’t dismiss this call to arms! It could be important and set you on a whole new path.
This weeks randomly selected card is The Emperor, which in the tarot represents the masculine, father archetype.
The tree featured on this card looks strong, straight and solid. This perfectly represents the qualities of The Emperor who values structure, stability, strong foundations and boundaries.
The tree is shaped like an upward pointing arrow, emphasising the straight forward nature of the Emperor and their belief that they always know best and are leading others in the right direction for their own good. In fact this attitude can mean that The Emperor can be quite inflexible and rigid.
The person who displays these types of characteristics will feel happiest when their life is lived in a disciplined and logical way. They enjoy the structure of rules and regulations and may tip into dogmatic and controlling behaviour. Some might even describe them as harsh at times.
However there are certainly positives to the Emperor archetype! One of these characteristics is constancy, which in this deck is symbolised by an evergreen tree which endures despite the season. It also represents home, safety and warmth. Again the tree alludes to this quality as it too is an ecosystem which supports many life forms by providing shelter, food and water. Of course it also sustains life itself by supplying oxygen and removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
The Emperor’s driving force is to build an empire, and with this in mind rules can be good! Sometimes imposing a few judiciously chosen rules and constraints (even on ourselves) can be advantageous in helping to eliminate distractions and be more productive!
This week I’m going to channel ‘The Emperor’ and set myself a few rules around how often I check my emails and social media. Hopefully this will result in a more focused and productive week!
Let us know in the comments if you get extra stuff done by being ‘more Emperor’ in the upcoming week.