Tarot supplement – The Emperor and the Devil

Yesterday, I had an hour of quiet privacy, so I recorded this YouTube video on my new channel to introduce the cards I chose a few days prior, which I analyzed in more wordy (!) detail in this post.

Side note: I’m trying to figure out how things work on youtube, so if you’d like to subscribe, you’d be doing me a favour. Just make sure you subscribe the channel linked above; I have another similar channel which I am trying to get rid of – sorry for the confusion. The clip above is just over 5 minutes long (short). πŸ˜‰

Tarot cards analysis

On May 20 I chose the following cards during my semi-daily reading:

I was a little shocked at these cards. Why?

Because they’re all Major Arcanas.

These so-called trump cards are the destiny cards. They indicate something major is occurring in your life, something you can’t overlook.

In contrast to the Minor Arcana cards, which express ideas of daily events, the 22 Major Arcana cards represent a path to self-awareness as we travel through the various stages of life in search for greater meaning and understanding.

So let’s see. I pulled three destiny cards in one day… something crucial must be happening in my life. Let’s look at the first two cards in greater detail (I left the last card out because I couldn’t make a connection to it…which is no big deal. Not all cards speak to us.)

The Emperor

This cards actually initially focused heavily on the patriarchy (especially in Christian societies); the father figure who was the head of the family, the head of the state, the government, the law…

The more contemporary spin of the Emperor card might be seen as a person (male or female) who displays wisdom achieved through life experiences, offers guidance and direction to people, and essentially presents strength in foundations.

Do I consider myself the glue that holds the family together? Not really. Do I feel like I’m the head of state in this family? Nope. But I am the Emperor of my own destiny; only I can determine how I will pursue the next chapter(s) in my life. I think that’s how I will choose to look at this card.

The Devil

I pulled this card before and I’m not afraid of it. I am also not a self-declared Christian, so instead of fear I feel curiosity more than anything.

My sources describe the Devil as a card representing my darker, shadow side. It also alerts me to the negative forces that constrain me, or hold me back, from being a true version of myself. I have mentioned my kinky book in these pages before, and although I was quite reluctant initially to “come out” as my pseudonym (aka alter ego which explores my shadowy, darker sides) I ultimately decided to go ahead and do it anyway.

Remember my mantra I’ve touched on before? Here it is again (repeated for you, but especially for me):

IF NOT NOW, WHEN?

The Devil card reminded me that my book was an attempt, and a successful one at that, to push those boundaries, let my imagination run free, explore topics I was unfamiliar with and type the story out as it formed in my head. To quote the words from a friend “You have achieved a massive accomplishment. You’ve just crossed the threshold from blogger to writer to Author.” (With a capital A thank you very much. πŸ˜‰)

I did, didn’t I. πŸ™‚ I was pretty pleased with myself. When I sold my first copy, I posted the purchase notification to my wall so I could see it every day when I glance slightly to the left (as I just did now). I even got a glowing review out of it (so far). πŸ™‚ (I’ve sold more books since then and got my first royalties notification which I will print and stick to the wall as well.)

Let’s look at the Devil card a little closer:

The man and woman who are chained in front of the Devil are not chained so tight they can’t escape. Do you see how loose their bondage is around their necks? Whatever is holding them back from exploring their freedom and possibilities is not coming from the Devil – it’s coming from within them.

Another reminder of the Devil card is something we probably all experienced at one point or another:

Turning to external gratification when we feel insecure, needy and unsatisfied is easier to do than to acknowledge, and deal with, what is going on within us.

Look at it this way:

Devils are prisons we create ourselves.

Maybe we should stop that. 😎

I think those two cards hold a significant message for my current journey through this life, and there’s no time like the present to tackle the next step(s). After all, if not now, when?

Thank you for reading. Let me know your thoughts!

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7 thoughts on “Tarot supplement – The Emperor and the Devil

  1. Devils are prisons we create ourselves.

    Your Tarot wisdom, or perhaps your innate wisdom, shines through here. I have a few too many Devils in my life at the moment. Hadn’t quite put that together before.

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  2. Interesting that the females tail appears to be grapes… fertility, earth and the male’s is fire… passion. I also see what appears to be ane eye and a cross on the palm of the Devil’s open, right hand. I’m picking at details… no idea if they have significance.
    Our “shadow” is an excellent place to shine a light, especially right now. Astrology calls for it during this time. We need to confront and integrate our shadow (ego) before we can spiritualy grow… whatever that means to each of us.

    I agree with your interpretation of the Emperor. Wisdom, and all the “leader” stuff.

    The Hierophant appears to be a religious/spiritual “leader”. Drawing all 3 of those cards is a serious Keanu “Whoa!” IMO.
    My interpretation would be to pay attention to your thoughts (mind, consciousness), shadow (fears, animal instincts) and spiritual (heart/soul/spirit, dreams, subconscious)

    I got a little wordy… sorry.πŸ™ŠπŸ’•

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    1. From now on, I will consult with you each time I draw cards. 🀩 You’re awesome for noticing all those details, and spot on. I have had a hard time with my thoughts recently, isn’t there some planetary retrograde going on, or coming up? πŸ˜‰

      Than you for your insights. ❀️

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