Sunday, January 25, 2009

THE EMPEROR - Astrological Associations

Order of the Golden Dawn (OGD)
The attribution for The Emperor is Aries, the first sign of the zodiac, a cardinal Fire sign known for having strong leadership ability as well as for being impulsive, energetic, and quick-tempered. Aries is ruled by the planet Mars, planet of energy, force, sexual desire, and aggression.



One World Tarot by Crystal Love
The Emperor is associated with the zodiac sign Scorpio (a Water sign associated with sensuality, secretiveness, intense emotion, imagination, and psychic ability). Interestingly, Scorpio is traditionally ruled by the planet Mars, just like Aries (above). Crystal Love writes that The Emperor "represents hidden knowledge, the arcane, the profound and the mysteries."

A.E. Thierens, PhD. (Astrology & the Tarot)
The Emperor, Trump 4, is associated with the zodiac sign Cancer (Water), the fourth sign of the zodiac. Thierens writes that the people are ruled by the sign Cancer, and emperors traditionally got their power from the people: "This chosen dignitary was nothing of a tyrant, originally, nor did he have anything to do with rulership or warfare; he was simply the highest and most pure expression of the soul of the people or nation."

The Celestial Tarot by Brian Clark
The Emperor is linked to the zodiac sign Aries. Clark explains that Aries was not always the leading sign of the zodiac. He writes "When Hipparchus systematized the tropical zodiac in the 2nd Century B.C.E., he began the zodiacal year at the vernal equinox. . . The Vernal Equinox in the stars of Aries paralleled the gradual triumph of masculine values, which culminated during the Roman Empire."


The Mandala Astrological Tarot by A.T. Mann
The Emperor is associated with the zodiac sign Aries, manifesting "self-assertion, authority, and power over the instincts."

The Whispering Tarot by Liz Hazel
This deck links The Emperor with Aries (ruled by Mars). Hazel points out that the Sun -- commonly representing the ego, individuality, the power of self, and the conscious will -- is exalted in Aries.

As we can see, while The Emperor is often associated with the sign Aries, this is not true for every Tarot deck. Both Thierens and Love offer a Watery attribution -- interesting, given that the elements Fire and Water are viewed as unfriendly, weakening, incompatible, and antagonistic toward each other. Note the dominance of the color red in most of these cards, representing the association with the element Fire and with Mars, whose nickname is "The Red Planet."

I welcome your comments!

Zanna

Sunday, January 18, 2009

The Empress - Astrological Associations



Order of the Golden Dawn (OGD)
The attribution for The Empress is Venus, planet of beauty, love, and harmony. Venus rules the zodiac signs Taurus (Earth) and Libra (Air).




One World Tarot by Crystal Love

The Empress is associated with the zodiac sign Libra (Air), a sign associated with equality, balance, judgment, creativity, fertility, and justice.

A.E. Thierens, PhD. (Astrology & the Tarot)
The Empress, Trump 3, is associated with the zodiac sign Gemini (Air), the third sign of the zodiac. Thierens writes that Gemini "is the macrocosmic 'relation between the two' which is potential vibration, symbolised by 'sound,' and this sign rules the hands of man, with which he grips this relation actually. It rules the 'Word'. . . and words, speech and correspondence in this world below, as above. . . It includes indecision, uncertainty, doubt, change, intercourse, reflection, appearance. . ."

The Celestial Tarot by Brian Clark
The Empress is linked to Venus, "goddess of love, sexuality, and beauty," ruler of Taurus ("the earthy, sensual, fertile, and resourceful sides of the goddess") and Libra ("the heavenly sides of culture and beauty"). Clark writes: "Venus, as the mother of Cupid, also represents motherhood."


The Mandala Astrological Tarot by A.T. Mann
The Empress is associated with the planet Venus, "showing essential fecundity, the ability to embrace and love all fruits of the natural world and to bear the joys and sorrows of life and death."

The Whispering Tarot by Liz Hazel
This deck links The Empress with Venus ("rules Taurus and Libra, exalts in Pisces").






With the exception of A.E. Thierens, all of these sources associated The Empress with the planet Venus one way or another (Crystal Love associates it with the sign Libra, ruled by Venus). From an elemental standpoint, I tend to link The Empress with Earth (although technically, Air would be a viable alternative). I just get a much more "earthy" feeling from this card than "airy" feeling.

I welcome your comments!

Zanna