I use tarot and oracle cards as tools for reflection and contemplation. Rather than divining the future, they are a way for me to look more deeply at the "now."
"The goal isn't to arrive, but to meander, to saunter, to make your life a holy wandering." ~ Rami Shapiro

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Might Makes Right?

From Hadar's Le Veritable Tarot de Marseille, the Emperor; from the Greek Alphabet Runes, 'Psi:'
          The Emperor was thought to be divinely appointed and represented earthly power and authority. According to Bursten, he was often used as a moral allegory to warn against arrogance and excessive pride. He is 'trumped' quite early in the tarot line-up; he has no power over death or over the passions that drive humans. Bursten writes, "The fate of one's kingdom, whether it be a nation, an office or a home, depends on the spiritual state of its ruler." Just look at the ethics of any leader, whether of a country or business, and it's easy to see there is truth in his statement. Psi has been used to represent psychic phenomenon, or things that cannot be explained biologically. It is used as a symbol of the International Honor Society of Psychology (Psi Chi). The Emperor rules by logic and often concludes that 'might makes right.' However, he would make a much better and more successful leader if he considered what motivated people to do the things they do. A person may steal because their family is hungry. If he can correct the imbalances that create such impulses, his kingdom would likely be more stable.

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