Per Bastemhet

Nefertari Tarot: The Emperor (4)

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Visual Card Description:  The Emperor is seated on his throne, facing to the right.  He wears a cap crown* and holds the crook and flail to his chest.*  He also wears a broad, golden collar and a long, white gown.  To the upper right there is an eye of Ra, and right below it there’s a black scarab beetle.

Free association: (Keywords that come to mind on first glance):  Regenerative Power, Authority, Righteousness, Solar, Vitality, Strength

Rider-Waite/Traditional Associations:The Emperor shows us that domination of the mind over the heart is sometimes not wanted, but in some cases is it necessary and even welcomed, and that this is part of what we must think about when he appears. When hard choices must be made it’s important to maintain your concentration and focus, and this is something this time period will make it easy for you to do. Enjoy the assertiveness and confidence it that this self-control and focus brings. Forge ahead and do what you know is best. If you can master yourself then you should have little problem mastering the world and all the things in it.

It looks as though a kind, older man may be part of your scenario. This could be a work colleague, or your father or a father-type figure. Perhaps he will be interested in you romantically. If so, don’t rule him out, just because of his age. You may feel that this man sort of “rules with an iron fist” and that can be frustrating at times, but he is trying to help you to see that rules have their place and their reasons – and you will come out all the better for it. Above all else, this man teaches – without even trying, perhaps – the benefits of structure and logic ruling over the emotions and lesser desires.

Meaning from the lwb (little white book that came with this deck):  Strength, authority, steadyness, legality.  Moral integrity and firm will.  Powerful and generous protector.  Solution of material problems.  The father, sexual energy, fruitful power.

My interpretation:  The emperor is the embodiment of law.  His chief concern was to uphold Ma’at, and he also symbolized the bridge between the world of the secular and the sacred, holding the spirit of Horus/Heru within him.  As long as his rule was followed, the universal order would prosper.  However, without this logical system of duty, the world would disintegrate into chaos.  This card cautions us to use logic in order to uphold what is right.  It may also symbolize a male teacher, since once the pharaoh passes on, he continues to guide those that come after him.

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Written by Bastemhet

May 8, 2013 at 1:25 pm

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  1. […] hieracosphinx and the Nekhbet) to repeat the sense of consequence and duty that was explored in the Emperor card.  If one does Ma’at, the logical consequence Is to reap the benefits.  However if one […]


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