Tarot Hunter’s Silver Bullets:
- Wealth and possessions may not cure life’s ills, but it can sure make you feel more secure & protected.
- Be cautious of letting your possessions, wealth & status isolate you from the world around you. Sometimes a palace can be a prison too.
- Open yourself up to other worlds, experiences, and viewpoints. Let yourself be more vulnerable and less protected by your things. At the end of the day, possessions provide cold comfort.
Tarot Hunter’s Silver Bullets:
- Sometimes finding satisfaction in work has less to do with salary and more to do with the pride of a job well done.
- Learning new skills can be their own reward but remember the saying “work to live, don’t live to work”.
- Consider how much more valuable our wealth, our possessions, our “stuff” becomes when we’ve worked hard to achieve them.
Tarot Hunter’s Salt Rounds:
- Sometimes we become possessed by our possessions only to realize they provide no comfort, no succor to a wounded psyche.
- We all develop self-soothing techniques, but retail therapy and buying your way to serenity is no longer effective.
- What truly makes you feel as though you have it all or are at a place in your life that offers satisfaction and contentment? Today you might want to explore this concept. You might learn that wealth & possessions do not nurture your body & soul. They don’t make you as happy as you’d once hoped.
Blue Rose Tarot
Created by Paula Gibby
Produced by Soul Guidance, 2001
The Book says: He is the Emperor. Like the Empress, he has many gifts to offer a journeying Fool. He brings logic, order and structure to our physical world. He provides protection with the force of his will and the strength of his arm. He defends us from those who would threaten us and maintains the boundaries of what is ours. Because of him, we dwell safe and secure.
The strength and magic of the Great Father lies in that dual capacity to provide not only the force of his protection, but also the enormous strength of his love. Strength and tenderness combine in him and it is important to remember that, while he is a great Warrior, he is also a great Father.
TarotBroad’s Buzz: I think Yul Brynner as the Emperor was very appropriate. Every fiber in his body shouts his confidence, self-esteem and absolutely conviction that he is wise and knows what is best for his people and his family. His arrogance is both obvious and somehow touching. You get the feeling that he is a benevolent tyrant. I have to be honest – I’ve never seen The King and I (I just can’t sit through MGM style musicals). But even in my two favorite Yul Brynner roles (Ramses in The Ten Commandments and Chris in The Magnificent Seven) he embodies the positive and negative aspects of The Emperor.
He believes that his decisions are for the best and will benefit his people. Sometimes his arrogance makes him unable to see how self-serving they may also be. His pride ensures that you have to be very cautious in how you approach him. But he is not unreasonable or unable to listen to reason. He may be stubborn and set in his ways, perhaps even trapped by his position and the weight of its responsbilities. But he is not mean-spirited or unnecessarily harsh. He is a protector and a leader, and will do what is necessary to carry out his duties to the best of his abilities.
Created by Arnell Ando
Published by Ink Well Publishing
The Book says: A person who is learning to master self-control. One who uses natural leadership abilities to guide others. Animus or masculine influence. Father figure. Stable, realistic, logical. Ambition and worldly gain. One who is willing to listen to the counsel of others but confidently follows their own convictions. This card can also stand for an authority figure seeking to establish dominance and control, or some confrontation with an authority figure, such as one’s father or employer or someone who upholds tradition, laws, systems and structure.
TarotBroad’s Buzz: This Emperor exudes a gentle strength and confidence. He seems confident and comfortable with his surroundings – both at one with them and in command of them. The phallic tree symbolizes masculine power and strength, while the abundant growth represents his contribution to fertility and creativity.
The Emperor also strikes me as being somewhat sad. As though he has gained the wisdom of the tree and found that his knowledge is a burden as well as a gift. He may understand and know more now, but that learning has taken away his innocence. And he seems to mourn that loss. But he will provide the stable foundation necessary to build an empire. He will use his wisdom and his intelligence to create a better world for his family and his people. He will do what is necessary to ensure they do not want for food and shelter. But at night, when he is alone with his Empress, he mourns for his lost innocence and secretly wishes he could turn back time.
Mansions of the Moon Tarot
by ZADOK (email@example.com)
Traditional Meaning: Power & authority, laws, discipline, active male principle
TarotBroad’s Buzz: Akhenaten is an interesting choice for the Emperor. Pharoahs were viewed as all-mighty God-Kings, holding the power of life and death over their people. But Akhenaten was a little different. He weakened the power of the priests of Amen-Ra, and focused his worship on Aten – the solar disc with claw-tipped rays emanating from it. Akhenaten also broke with tradition by having himself and his family portrayed in a more realistic (almost caricaturish) style, rather than the standard straight, perfect forms usually seen in Egyptian art. Akhenaten is shown as being somewhat effeminate and curved in appearance, with a rounded abdomen and sloping forehead. This is quite a contrast to his wife Nefertiti’s perfectly formed features. He also moved his capital and temple to el Amarna, despite the prostests of the priests.
By most accounts Akhenaten’s rule was seen as joyous (at least as reflected in the art at that time) and, if not the best ruler of Egypt he certainly doesn’t seem to be the worst. He is often portrayed with his wife and children and there is some speculation that his wife disappeared from the records because she became his co-ruler and eventual successor, Smenkara. She was also quite active in promoting the worship of Aten. He is also something of an iconoclast – breaking with the polytheistic traditions of his ancestors to focus on the sole worship of Aten. Akhenaton is also the father/father-in-law of Tutankhamen, the boy-king and probably the most famous Pharoah known in modern times.
I find this image of an Egyptian Pharoah very interesting. Akhenaten symbolizes the power and authority of the Emperor, softened by his love for his wife and family. He was also open to new ideas and concepts, as shown by his willingness to limit his religious worship to Aten, despite the furor it caused. He could be seen as a wise ruler open to new ideas and thought and willing to listen to others but he also knew how to use his power and authority if the need arose. Overall Akhenaten could be viewed as a positive, powerful & beneficent Emperor.
Wheel of Change Tarot
created by Alexandra Gennetti
Published by Destiny Books, 1997
The Book Says: “The Emperor is a lawgiver, and the hierarchical structure of society gives him the power to dispense his law. He believes that this is the only structure of human society that will preserve order and will bring growth. His law is the law of the land, and he is a strict disciplinarian. He is the father in a family whose just rule must be obeyed; he believes that freedom given to individuals results in chaos, so under his rule people will be more secure if they do not think for themselves. He will think for everyone and we will be like children under him.”
My interpretation: The Emperor represents the structure and laws created by society. He is a father/king figure. He often reminds me of the legendary Arthur – who created a structured and lawful society only to find himself trapped by his own rules. This Emperor represents the Solar king but he also has a connection to the structures and cycles of nature. The oak leaves and acorns connect him with the myths of the Oak King and the Holly King who take turns winning control of nature at the Solstices. The silver and gold orbs show his connection to the conscious and the unconscious, his masculine and feminine sides. He seems imposing yet approachable.
This Emperor is a firm ruler but not an unfairly rigid one. He can be both the benevolent dictator and the harsh taskmaster. I see this card as representing that side of human nature that craves rules and regulations to follow. Not having to think for ourselves can often be very appealing to humans. If we don’t have to think then we also don’t have to take responsibility for our actions. The Emperor is both the positive side of laws, civilization and society and the negative side (“I was just following orders”)
The 4 of Swords shows me in lovely detail that I need to stop overthinking these things. It’s time to relax a little, rest my weary mind and just spend some times enjoying butterflies. Reality is that no matter how much I worry or try to think of ways to improve this situation there is only so much I can do. Worrying and becoming stressed over this situation is not going to improve it. It’s okay to give myself periodic breaks from the worrying.
The Queen of Pentacles reversed puzzled me at first but while discussing it with a friend I realized she’s telling me that I need to re-define how I see prosperity and abundance. I don’t need to use the typical, consumerist definition (“he who has the most toys wins”). If I have learned anything from this experience it’s that I can be happy with much less money than I realized. She embodies the concept of abundance and prosperity; of having enough resources to care for ourselves and others. That may or may not mean having a wealth of financial resources.
Not having as much excess cash has forced me to become more selective about what I purchase. I’m not as willing to engage in a bout of retail therapy so the things I acquire are things I really want or need. I am reducing the amount of “toys” I already have as well as resisting the need to purchase new ones. I finally realized that all I was doing was using “toys” to distract myself from things that left me unhappy and unfulfilled. In truth I had been unhappy at my job for a few years before I was finally terminated. The joy had gone out of it for me. These two cards remind me that rather than just seeking a way to generate income I need to find something that fulfills me on other levels too.
I’m not going to be happy simply earning a paycheck. I want to feel that I am contributed to the greater good in some way. Of course it is also possible that I could find a way to earn money that won’t fulfill this desire but will give me enough free time to achieve that goal in other ways. In the past I have been able to perform well at jobs that are not very challenging but don’t require much in the way of mental resources, energy or overtime. Regardless of how this plays out, it’s time to embrace a new standard of abundance in my life and stop worrying about what was lost.
Looking at the 6 of Pentacles with its abundant and autumnal imagery, I was struck by the fact that one prevailing attitude when I was a child was that there was never enough. Looking at the apple trees blessing us with an abundance of fruit, I realized we didn’t baskets let alone trees. We were often forced to move from an apartment because we were unable to pay rent. I remember the most humiliating experiences were when I was sent grocery shopping and didn’t have the cash to pay for everything at the register. For an adult that may be embarrassing. For a 10 year old child it was excruciatingly, piercingly painful. I still remember the humiliation of having to select items to return while the other folks on line stared, grumbled and glared. I always swore I would never find myself in that situation again. And yet in many ways, here I am.
It’s not about being unwilling to share or being stingy, it’s about feeling that I just don’t have it. I would love to be able to help out others but that’s just not possible right now. I also find it difficult to ask for help from others. Being on the receiving end of charity stirs up those old emotions and leaves me feeling like a beggar.
I think the Queen of Swords is who I became as a result of some of these childhood experiences. She is the intellectual, rather unemotional shell with which I surrounded myself. She may not be the true me at my deepest core but she is the persona I adopt to adapt to that situation. What makes me laugh is that the smirk on her face tells me she knows this. She knows me better than I do. This is also the part of me that forces me to face the truth; who cuts away the bullshit.
The combination of these two cards tells me that my childhood poverty and my preferred method of dealing with the world (intellectualization, rationalization, etc.) have combined to convince me that I don’t care about money. I don’t need money. It’s know important to me. In reality it is very important to me. Not that I need a lot of money but I need to feel secure and grounded. My childhood had some very gypsy-like moments as we were forced to move around because we couldn’t afford the rent in our apartment. As a result I often felt as though I lived on a fault-line. You never knew when things was going to be some upheaval.
I think the Queen of Swords is also letting me know that I need to get to the truth of how I want my relationship with money to be. I need to be honest with myself and realistic about how much money I need, what I’m willing to do to earn money and how much influence I want it to have in my life.
That companion book for this deck describes the 8 of Cups being about trusting your instincts and not letting logic brain distract you from continuing your journey. For me I think this cards message is that I’m not there yet. I’m still working on trusting my instincts and intuition. I’ve gotten better over the last few years but I still have a ways to go. A friend offered that perhaps there was some issue I still hadn’t been able to let go and leave behind and that is holding me back. That certainly makes sense but right now I’m not seeing what that might be.
The Ace of Pentacles, my little hedgehog, has decided to show up again. Once again he serves as a reminder that the quieter, less visible path to creating new wealth and manifesting a new life can be just as powerful as roaring in the sun. He also points his little nose towards the figure in the 8 of Cups so he is suggesting that whatever that represents is the key to moving forward in a new career and finding new prosperity.
I was still unclear about the message of this card so I pull a clarifier and received The Magician. He looks like a youthful, self-indulgently sexy Sirius Black. He is a figure of promise and power, magic and manifestation. He bares his chest to show that the way to my heart’s desire is control and will. If I will it to be so and am willing to exert the self-control necessary to focus my energies and channel them, I can make things happen.
This card initially just confused me more. I wasn’t getting the message until I laid the cards side by side. Then I realized the man on the reversed 8 of Cups is looking behind him, the hedgehog on the reversed Ace of Pentacles is looking towards the 8 of Cups and The Magician is looking directly at me. If I read them together they tell me “stop looking behind you, let go of past success and wealth. The future is in your heart and will”. Okay, that might not be so earth-shattering but at least I’m starting to get it. What remains unexplored is the past and how it might still be impacting me.
In many ways I’ve worked through some of it but I used to think that I’ll never fully forgive or forget. However if I want to thrive and triumph I need to find the path to do both those things. In order to put the hurt and pain behind me and free myself for potential prosperity, I need to accept and embrace those experiences. They helped make me who I am today and even if they were unfair, biased and not based on any professional lack on my part. None of that matters. I had given so much of myself to that job that it tore my heart out when I was fired. Intellectually I understand that it was driven by personality issues between “he who must be obeyed” and me. In my heart I just feel hurt and betrayed, like a little kid left out of the game. The only way I can truly lose in this situation is if I let it keep me down. Screw that! I won’t let anyone else do that to me and I won’t do it to myself either.