Strength – Blue Rose Tarot

Blue Rose Strength

Blue Rose Tarot
Created by Paula Gibby
Published by Soul Guidance

The Book says: Yes, the woman has gentled the ferocity of the lion. Her understanding of and connection to this fierce animal has tamed and disarmed the beast. But there is more to it than that. For to ignore the effect of the lioness upon the woman is to ignore the reciprocity of the relationship. For true relationships are not one-sided. The strength of any relationship is in is reciprocity. For just as the woman has gentled the primal fierceness of the lioness, so has the lioness calmed and gentled the fears of the woman. Think on it. This lovely woman, faced with the most potent representation of her own inner fears, needs and instincts, feels no urge to run or to escape. It is obvious that she wants nothing more than to occupy the same space with her alter-ego. She realizes that her well-being relies upon the symbiosis of both aspects. This is a reminder for us to not be so quick to dismiss or forsake our primal instincts. They were not given to us to merely agitate and confuse us; rather, they perform a very important service. Our gut instincts protect us in situations where there is no time to think or reason carefully, for to do so could bring irreparable harm to us. Oh yes, there are times when the gut must rule the head.

Basic instinct is one of the miracles of nature and as physical beings, we should embrace this gift the Creator has given us. The important point to remember is that we need both, for to permanently forsake or repress one for the other is to not only render ourselves incomplete, but also to deny an essential aspect of our being. In other words, neither being has exerted dominance or control over the other. They are united in their mutual understanding and acceptance of the other. Strength of will and strength of mind working in concert with each other.

TarotBroad’s Buzz: I have to admit that when I first saw this card I didn’t get it. I’m used to very fiery, solar type imagery on the Strength card – what was this blue stuff? Then while chatting with Diane Wilkes one day, she pointed out that the hottest part of the flame is blue. All of a sudden – BINGO, everything clicked. This Strength card is so hot she’s cool. There is definitely a strength and a courage evident in this card – only someone very brave would lean against a lioness as casually as this lady does. But more than that, I feel a distinct sensuality from this lady. She is not only comfortable with her wild side, she is quite at home with her sexuality and passionate side too. She sits there barefoot, with her skirt up passed her knees as though challenging anyone to comment.

She reminds me of a perfume commercial from the 70s with the line “I can bring home the bacon, fry it up in a pan and never let you forget your a man”. Well this lady might never let you forget your a man, but if you want bacon fried you can do it yourself. She is strong, independent and occasionally fierce. But she is also quite comfortable with her multi-faceted nature. She accepts the wild, animal side of human nature and has no desire to change it. But she asks for the same in return. As long as you don’t try to change her innate nature, she will be loyal, loving and strong. But rub her the wrong way and watch out!

Tarot Truths Tyr’s Day: The Emperor – Mansions of the Moon Tarot

Mansions of the Moon Emperor

Mansions of the Moon Tarot
by ZADOK (dahogue@nctc.com)
Self-Published

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.

Tarot Truths Tyr’s Day: The Emperor – Wheel of Change Tarot

Wheel of Change 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”)