Go out, already. More of a command than an invitation – you’d best show up. Especially if it comes from the man in charge, who may be an Aries, the sign of the suit of Fire which rules the Emperor, #4 of the Major Arcana. He certainly has shown up in a lot of readings this year. He’s the boss of you, whether your father, employer, even a husband or partner – or you wish he was. Whoever they are, we respect his authority and they are making you an offer that you can’t, or shouldn’t, refuse. It certainly looks like a good time, though. You won’t regret it. As a matter of fact, the way these three humans of the suit of Cups (Pisces/Cancer/Scorpio) look up from the table when you walk in, you may even be the guest of honor. This very much pleases the Emperor.
We know the poor, imprisoned human of the cold, windy 8 of Swords (Air: Gemini, Libra, Aquarius) who stands alone, blindfolded and loosely bound in ropes, surrounded by her little homemade ‘jail’ made of swords – so flimsy it seems about to blow down. Swords are like words- double-edged and sharp. The Emperor has been known to have a rather fiery sword of a tongue, but the cuts have healed. We have a happy reunion here.
For some reason, he or she is free, willing and able to join the party today. This person may have been laid up for some time. The female humans of the 3 of Cups sit together at a table, the remains of a fruit plate strewn all over the place. Huge wineglasses are set before them, and one of them even has hollyberries and a Christmas wreath on her head! How is it that I have never noticed that before?
The 8 of Swords sometimes means mental or physical rehabilitation or treatment. Someone may be out of the hospital and able to join the family for the holidays and it’s a happy occasion, possibly the Patriarch of the family, Father or Grandfather.
These girls sure look happy, and I have to wonder if someone’s celebrating a divorce or separation or being ‘freed’ from some sort of relationship, maybe a strict or controlling father or husband. Maybe you’re just ‘free’ for the day, or the holiday break. Or, you are now free to marry someone very important who fits that description, or finally free to work for someone who fits that description.
You are finally free to take control of your own life and destiny for some reason, and the champagne corks are poppin’.
I am paying particular attention the position of the cards: first the Emperor, then the 3 and the 8, left to right. The Emperor faces left and looks back, sword resting but in hand, as if guarding the future positions with vigilance – watching his back. The reversed, painful, victim of the 8 is free to go – her prison-bar swords and blindfold fall away. Now welcomed back out into the world, he or she needs to guard and protect this fragile new condition – he or she may want to borrow that armor bling from the Emperor.
If Father is in Spirit, he is free to watch over his girls/boys.
And he loves it when you guys talk about him, but only if you’re laughing.