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The Major Arcana In-Depth: IV The Emperor

This is an article in a series in blog posts…. the “The Major Arcana In-Depth” series! Every few weeks I will be featuring one card of the Major Arcana, from the Fool to the World. Come take a tarot journey with me!

To learn about the Major Arcana overall and the first card in the Major Arcana, The Fool, go here.

To learn about the Magician, go here.

To learn about the High Priestess, go here.

To learn about the Empress, go here.

The Emperor in Control

The Emperor is the ruler, the father figure, the head honcho of the tarot. He is the one that ultimately decides things and sees fit on how to rule. He may be a figurehead, or he may be someone with all the power. The Emperor, on a good day, realizes that he is nothing without loyal subjects, and that it is often the will of the people that keeps him on his throne (dictatorship or not… majority rule is a big factor). He also knows, if he is wise, that though the power may seem to come from him as well as the decisions, he chooses to surround himself with a great staff, cabinet, conglomerate, or round table of associates to bounce his ideas off of. If you are looking for an Emperor figure in mythology and legends, look no further than Arthur of Camelot or other mythical kings. Depending on the deck you use, you may find that those very same kings ARE depicted as the Emperor card for that deck, such as Bran the Blessed in the Llewellyn Tarot based on Welsh mythology.
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Book Corner: Holistic Tarot

Holistic TarotBook: Holistic Tarot

Author: Benebell Wen

Date of Publication: January 2015

Published by: North Atlantic Books
Structure of the Book: 33 Chapters, with 9 Appendices (A–I), Endnotes, Index, Acknowledgments, and About the Author sections.

PLEASE NOTE: A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher.

 

I don’t call coincidences “coincidences” anymore… there’s really no such thing. The biggest example of this was in the email “introduction” my tarot mentor Theresa Reed made in introducing me to Benebell Wen, and vice-versa. In doing so, we soon discovered that we knew each other before, and even went to the same college and attended the same class!

We simply couldn’t get over that simple connection. It was “meant to be” that we reconnected over writing, since we knew each other through a writing class! More synchronicities ensued when I started reading her book Holistic Tarot, including the synchronicity of our first tarot deck (both the Tarot Nova!).Continue Reading

Behind the Scenes: My Tarot Deck Library

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The more I read for people, the more I realize that I overpack my reading bag EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.

The clients that have been with me since the start of my professional career know that I bring a variety of decks with me for a session. Why do I do this? Depending on the length of the session, the client may want to switch gears in the topic of their reading. The easiest way to energetically accomplish this shift in the short time frame I have with a client (in my opinion) is by moving on to a different deck than what they were using for the previous topic. I’ve had hour-long sessions with a client in which they’ve gone through 3 different decks. One deck to do a Celtic Cross spread on a broad topic with many branches, another deck to do a short reading Q and A session on a completely different topic, and then a third and final deck to wrap up with.

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