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Tarot Tuesday; The Emperor

“The Emperor is also representative of structure and stability. He is able to create order out of chaos by carefully categorizing his thoughts and mapping out what needs to be done to solve the problem. He is a systematic and strategic thinker and is highly organised and coordinated in his approach. He sticks to a plan and ensures he sees it out until the end. Thus, this card indicates that you have a strong desire to see your ideas manifested on the physical plane in the form of material gain or accomplishment. An opportunity will arrive that could be the foundation of a very successful future.

The Emperor reflects rules and regulations. He establishes law and order by applying principles or guidelines to a specific situation. He likes to operate within a defined structure with set boundaries. He respects routine and follows a specific regimen or discipline.

Domination of the mind over the heart is sometimes unwanted or best avoided but with the Emperor, it is necessary and even welcomed. If you are facing difficult choices, you must maintain your concentration and focus. Enjoy the assertiveness and confidence that this self-control and focus brings. Push ahead and do what you know is best. Know that if you can master yourself then you should have little problem mastering the world and everything in it.”

Biddy Tarot

Let me say this. I love lists.

Cubicles, dividers, storage containers, label-makers, day planners make me happy. I was that kid who counted down till we could go shopping for school supplies. I love to plan! I have a Pinterest board dedicated to all the projects I want to do. I can make a plan and organize like no one else.

The doing, though. I am not so good at that. There is this really embarrassing story about the kitchen cabinets in my parent’s house that serves as a constant reminder of my inability to finish projects. It’s awful. Yet, in my professional life, my co-workers would be flabbergasted by this. Why? Because they never see it. They see the motivated employee who pushes for accountability and always delivers in the expected time-frame. Professionally – got it nailed down. Personally – nope, not gonna happen anytime soon.

I think that this has a lot to do with who I’ve had as a mentor in my professional life. Not to say that my family sucks at guiding me! No. But my bosses, current and former, have all shown me a sort of tough love and groomed me to be a leader. It’s easy for me to say that I am more confident in my professional life than at home. Perhaps because I default back to being my more introverted, insecure self when I’m at ease. I was pretty much dropped into management to fill a gap early in my career, which made me absolutely terrified and super frustrated all at once. My mindset quickly became “well, eff you, I’m not gonna suck at this” and I turned over a new leaf. As a result, people in my career took notice and gave me the sort development training I needed. As I said, a sort of tough love, where praise and criticism went hand in hand.

For whatever reason I have been slow to let that into my personal life. I need to somehow find a way to pull together the pieces of both personal and professional. It’s taken a long time to build my confidence though! This goes back to this very real dualism that I experience on a daily basis. I need to focus more on the positive; that this dualism can be fluid and can be used to my advantage. The Emperor has given me this notice that I am master of my own mind. I can and will use the best aspects of my professional determination in combination with my introspective hesitation.

I’ve been working on this merging of my “selves” for this past year. I know I’ll probably never be “one” person per say, but multi-faceted in a way that you don’t question each “face” because they’re all part of the same diamond. I mean, this is how I’ve often described my own belief in the Divine. So, I welcome the next opportunity that allows me to fully embrace this, whatever it may be!

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thereluctantpagan

Writer, Wannabe Artist, Overthinker, List-Maker, Photographer, Chronic Under-Salter

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