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The Emperor - the Tarot card for the zodiac sign Aries

{written by : Kerri Shawn McIntire}

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Article active date : 2009-05-28 -- Article views : 9769


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The Tarot card for Aries is The Emperor. Because Aries is the first sign of the zodiac, The Emperor represents that first step one must take toward enlightenment.

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“If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear as it is, infinite.”
William Blake

The Tarot card for Aries is The Emperor. Because Aries is the first sign of the zodiac, The Emperor represents that first step one must take toward enlightenment. It is the beginning of the growth process -- when the self becomes aware of things that exist outside personal experience.

In Hebrew, this Tarot card is denoted by the letter Heh, or “window.” Windows open up walls, allowing us to see the surrounding world. Sight is the function of The Emperor. It is used to perceive. But windows not only give us a view of the outside, they also bring light inside. And inside is where we must clearly see if we are looking to fulfill our destiny.

The monarch who sits on his throne in The Emperor is our own true self, the one responsible for directing our lives. In most illustrations, a high, rocky mountain range rises up behind him. This is the barrier we place between ourselves and the wider scope of the world, over which we realistically have no control. The Emperor stands for law and order, for intellectual rule and reason. He tends to impose rational constraints over feelings or anything else that threatens his structured domain. He serves as a protector and a stabilizer, dominating all he observes with a strict, paternal hand. But too much protection and stability are the enemies of progress. We cannot grow emotionally or spiritually unless we open ourselves up to experiences beyond what we already know. The landscape ruled by The Emperor is reinvigorated when the influx of the unknown, represented by a narrow stream, is allowed to overflow its banks occasionally, unchecked by conscious controls.

For all his restraint, The Emperor has a capacity for passion that is unmatched in the Tarot. His color is fiery red, and Mars -- the Roman god of warfare -- is his guiding planet. Pride and vitality mark The Emperor. This is why he is so concerned with maintaining control. It is not because no emotions smolder beneath his steely armor. Certainly they do. But he believes that revealing them might make him vulnerable to attack.

We all, at times, put up a strong front to keep from being hurt. But the real danger comes when so many windows to the outside world are barred that the inside one is cast into darkness. Then nothing is seen. And if you are blind to your own feelings, how can you claim free will? This, then, is the message of The Emperor: See first by perceiving what you are inside, and you will rule life instead of life ruling you.

Author Bio :
Kerri Shawn McIntire runs Witch Hazel Press, a venture that has allowed her to explore channeling, astrology, esoteric symbolism, and the Tarot. She designs channeling guides and has several Tarot decks in progress. Witch Hazel Press also offers Mystic Profiles that give information about a person's natal symbols. www.inheritage.org/witchhazelpress

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