27 September 18: The Emperor, reversed

His clothes fell off! 

 

Upright, The Emperor is what he is, an Emperor, the archetypal Father, authoritarian, and wise protector of the realm. Many realms. This is again the number 4 but today of the Major Arcana,  and an even higher degree of structure, stability and control. The ram’s head on the armrest of his throne indicates the influence of the astrological sign Aries, the sign of the Ram, and he can be as determined and as tough as one – that’s how he got to be Emperor. The entire card is fire-colored:  reds, oranges, yellows. He is experienced and respected. He ‘got around’ in his younger days and still would if he could but the Queen wouldn’t stand for it.  His beard and hair are snow-white but he wears a gold armor over his chest molded into the well-defined abs of a much younger man. What a strange little detail (Morgan-Greer deck).

There is a proud eagle carved into his throne, and he rests his left hand, holding his sword pointed down. One booted leg is tossed over the other casually, he is secure in his position.

Reversed, we’re talking abuse of power, cruelty, tyranny, corruption. The throne is toppled.

His fine clothes have fallen off and his sword now points up as if to defend his flailing, naked, saggy ass. The girdle falls away and his belly flops out. The proud, golden, swooping eagle on his crown lies on the ground, broken, exposing his old  bald head.

 

 

This isn’t pretty.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11 July 18: Ace of Swords

New horizons. What an amazing card. Once again, how many years have I been reading this card? But I clearly see something I’ve never really focused on before – which is exactly the message of this powerful Ace of Air (Gemini/Libra/Aquarius).

Aces, of course, are the ‘seeds of the suits’, that is, the opportunity and the power entrusted to you to manifest…think of growing a tree. It’s the last seed in the world, and it’s been given to you. You don’t know when you’ll get another seed, and you don’t even know if it’s the kind of tree you even want to grow. You must plant it at the right time in the right place and commit to consistently maintaining and nurturing that seed through all kinds of weather. This seed WILL grow, so we have to make sure it’s in exactly the right place and not going to fuckup the neighbor’s fence or power lines or fall on his car, or us, for that matter, or that it’s not toxic or invasive.

This potentially dangerous Sword, which can be, of course, either a weapon of defense or a weapon of attack, requires and demands clarity of purpose and intention from the ‘swordsman’ (us).

The thing that I’m noticing on this card is the lack of a horizon between the sky and the water. Assuming there is water.The card shows a dreamy blue landscape: blue mountains in the foreground, blue sky, and what may or may not be blue water.  I can’t tell where blue land meets blue sky or blue sky meets blue water or blue water meets blue land,  because that deeper blue below the blue mountains looks sort of like a blue highway, but everything’s so blue I can’t tell. I’m glad I’m not driving. Or flying.

But from out of the ‘blue’ a bank of clouds roll in and we know what that means: SkyHand! From out of the fog and clouds emerges SkyHand over the blue mountains to present us with a sharp, clean, glistening blade encircled with a crown at the top flanked by green fronds on either side that seem to form the shape of a heart but sliced through by the logical Sword, who is not interested in and has no time for all these sloshy, sloppy, watery emotions or ‘feeeeeelings’. Are the fronds ‘coming together’ via the Sword or are the peaceful greens being divided and sliced apart?

But here’s the thing I’ve never really noticed before: slicing through the clouds, the clouds settle on the surface of the water, giving us a horizon line.

Exactly.

We see clearly where we’re going and how to get there. We’re logical and strong-minded. Sharp as the proverbial tack.

 

This is a very powerful Ace and a ‘new horizon’ beckons.

But careful with that axe, Eugene. This is also a new military contract.

 

 

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