Tarot in Nine Words: The Emperor

Rider Waite Smith EmperorThe Emperor is one of those cards that I fear. Odd, isn’t it? That I would fear a card not normally one of the “scary” cards in the Tarot? I think it is because I grew up in a fatherless home. My dad and mom divorced when I was three. Then daddy died in a car crash on my eleventh birthday. I idolized my father because he wasn’t there for me to learn in a real, human way.

When I came to Tarot and first saw the Emperor, I was reminded of a friend’s father who was incredibly cruel to his daughter. He actually took a belt to her (buckle end) while I was in the bed next to her! Kid you not. That man scared me senseless. Today he has so many health problems. I can’t help but wonder if his uncontrolled anger didn’t bring him to this point.

So for me the Emperor wasn’t a kindly father but a stern man to be feared. I am still working to remove that taint from this card. Here is my entry for my Tarot in 9 Words project. I’m just not happy with this poem. But then again, I’m not happy with the Emperor yet, am I?

Tarot In 9Words: The Emperor

Stern Sceptre Throne Ram Armor Robe Direct Crimson Beard

Forbidding stare I tremble at the throne
Of correctness of values of stern mien
What does your direct gaze mean, sir
Wrapped in crimson armor hiding beneath
Ready to go to battle but rather not
Sceptre in your power hand upright
Reminds me you just want obedience
Ram under each fist is determination
You have earned each and every white hair
Your beard is long in peaceful times
Your robe only cloaks the battle scars
Brought you to this uncomfortable throne
You are emperor by word and deed
I would be wise to learn from you

8/25/2008
Stephanie Arwen Lynch

Author: TarotByArwen

Arwen is a published romance author writing as Marilu Mann as well as author of non-fiction like the Fairy Tale Lenormand (art by Lisa Hunt). As past president of the American Tarot Association (2007-2014), Arwen worked with an actively engaged board to rekindle that organization. A professional joy seeker, Arwen helps her clients find their joy again in jobs, relationships and life. "Seek joy, y'all" is a motto known to many because of Arwen's heart-felt desire to help others.

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