Thursday, October 11, 2012

IV The Emperor

IV The Emperor


 


Keywords: Applying reason, Archetypal father figure, Authoritative, Being systematic, Bold & forthright, Bringing security & comfort, Categorizing, Commanding, Competitiveness, Confidence, Confinement, Constrained, Coordinating, Courage, Creating order out of chaos, Defending & protecting, Disciplinary actions, Establishing law & order, Experience, Family heritage, Fathering, Fighting for truth & justice is a duty, Forcefulness, Good judgment abilities, Governmental or corporate entities, Guiding growth, Having & sticking to a plan, Inner balance, Intelligent, Knowledge, Law & order, Love, Legal issues, Loose ends tied up, Maintains an inner balance, Mind over matter, Not easily influenced, Order out of chaos, Organized, Powerful & ambitious, Principled, Protecting & defending, Regimented, Regulation, Respected, Security, Setting the standard of behavior, Shoulders responsibility well, Stable, Stern, Strength & stability through wisdom, Structure, Systematic, Taking a leadership role, Waywardness harnessed, Wealth, Wisdom 


The figure of the Emperor says much about the essential qualities of this card. We see a stern, commanding figure seated on a stone-slab throne. His back is straight, and his eyes meet ours directly. He is confident of his complete authority to rule.

The Emperor represents structure, order and regulation - forces to balance the free-flowing, lavish abundance of the Empress. He advocates a four-square world where trains are on time, games are played by rules, and commanding officers are respected. In chaotic situations, the Emperor can indicate the need for organization. Loose ends should be tied up, and wayward elements, harnessed. In situations that are already over-controlled, he suggests the confining effect of those constraints.

The Emperor can represent an encounter with authority or the assumption of power and control. As the regulator, he is often associated with legal matters, disciplinary actions, and officialdom in all its forms. He can also stand for an individual father or archetypal Father in his role as guide, protector and provider. 

This card refers to a confident, intelligent, authoritarian who brings order and organization to chaos and is not one who is easily influenced. In a reading this may refer to one who the querent knows or it may be the querent themselves. Either way it is telling the querent that they must call upon their own confidence and courage when called into action and to be authoritative in their decision making, and make sure to use all of the available resources at hand.

Quite often this person is one who is associated with governmental or corporate entities. They are a very powerful & ambitious person who shoulders responsibility well.

Be strong and not easily influenced, but maintain an inner balance. By overcoming your own fears you build strength and stability through wisdom and this in turn will bring wealth (whether monetary, spiritual or mundane will be determined by the situation and the other cards in the spread).
 
To temper the intense power & strength of this person, they must learn to allow love to be their biggest emotion which will help with balance & authority, mind over matter, and experience & knowledge. 

Confidence & courage are called into action.

Be authoritative in your decisions, using your available resources.

Stability & authority through wisdom brings wealth.

Overcome any fears and a properly directed sex drive, to allow love to be your biggest emotion.

A respected person of authority, with a high level of intelligence who relies on their own intellect and is not easily influenced.

Versatile abilities play a role in the situation, just be sure to maintain inner balance.

To fight for truth and justice is a duty.

Balance & authority, mind over matter, experience & knowledge are gained through experience. Winning with willpower. Mastery of materialism.

The struggle for personal independence. Moral power acquired through occult studies by using an investigative mind.

Energy, strength, good judgment and a willingness to "get to grips" with things in a bold and forthright manner through abundant creative energy. Triumph over obstacles utilizing confidence for proper development.

Reinforcing Dignities
Hierophant - conforming to rules
Justice - concerns of justice and legality
Two of Wands - having authority
Three of Wands - assuming leadership
Four of Pentacles - control, structure, order

Opposing Dignities
Empress - mothering, free-flowing abundance
Seven of Cups - dissipation, lack of order
Five of Swords - bending the rules, breaking the law

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Use this card for magick works involving bringing order to chaos, or the need for structure in your life, or a legal matter that needs to be addressed.


Perform a simple candle ritual with the card placed in front of the candle dressed with herbs & oil(s) specific to the work you need to do.


Carry the card with you during the day, keeping it close so its energies will influence you and your surroundings. 


Place the card where it can be seen & contemplated upon during the day.


Use a pendulum to divine the sort of creative energy you're needing or wanting.

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