Tarot Blog Hop : Oracular Anomalies

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Welcome to the first Blog Hop of 2015 and the Wrangler this time, is Karen from Pure and Blessed Tarot. She likes tongue twisters and asked us to blog about “Oracular Anomalies”.

My first reaction was: What-The-Heck-Is-That?!Β  Or words to that effect. So I read what she wrote. “I use the phrase because I like the tongue twister effect and I’d like you to tell a tale of any experience that you’ve had where a card has prompted a brain twister effect on you…”

Oh, by the way, WELCOME! πŸ˜‰

Major #4
The Green Man

Brain twisters… Hmm… The most recent one I had been over the 6 of Arrows (Swords) but I blogged about that already. The one I am still going through (in fact, I’m being tangled up like a cat with a ball of wool!) is with The Emperor.

Is he such a control freak? Is he really so controlling? What are the good aspects of this archetype? Where are there good aspects? I’m struggling with the good aspects of him. I see The Emperor each day, in the higher up politicians that are supposed to serve us, but only serve themselves.Β  I struggle to see the good things in this man. There’s one of my anomalies.

But someone asked me the other week, about the positive side of the men in my life. My wonderful dad, my brilliant husband, his kind, dry witted and humorous father. What do their positive actions say about The Emperor. And I stopped to think. I really stopped to think. The moment with The Green Man, wasn’t by comparing other cards with teach other like the 6 of Arrows, it was through conversations.

I then started looking through other “Emperor” cards. And I didn’t see the kindness that I see in the three main men in my life. I didn’t see the humour and wit I know these three men have. I didn’t see the love. I still had some anomalies. But I’m kinder towards him now, and have been when someone mentioned or suggested that I think of my Pagan God; the penny more or less dropped at that point.


The Emperor isn’t always the President of the USA, or the Prime Minister of the UK, Canada or Australia. The Emperor, can be the man you married. The Emperor can be your father, your brother. They’re not just Kings. How they react to everyday situations, gives you an idea of how an Emperor acts. I’m not talking the Chinese style Emperor, but the everyday father figures that we all need, want and desire.

And with those thoughts, I give you a warm, Imbolc / Lammas hug, suggest you wrap up warmly (it is cold out there, north of the Equator) or wear a sun-hat (if you’re south of the Equator) and remind you to work at the oracular anomalies as you head to Joanne Sprott’s site. I wonder what other anomalies my other hoppers have come up with?

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    1. My own Dad is quite alive and well, thanks the Goddess! But that’s a good observation: perhaps the querent’s father is coming through… One to bear in mind, thanks neighbour! πŸ˜€

  1. Nice reflection on the Emperor! It makes me consider this topic of authority, how we understand it, our relationship to it, and its role in our lives!

    1. Yes, it makes the Tarot interesting, when trying to work out how “into” it the Emperor really is. No wonder I had an Oracular anomaly over it πŸ™‚

  2. Call me a cynic, but I think I’m just being realistic when I say that politicians in the USA are all the Emperor reversed. I think these types of Emperor “role models” miss the good aspects of fair and just leadership for the good of all citizens, that The Emperor embodies for me.

    1. I do also see politicians as being the negative side of the Emperor. Which is why I so needed to get the positive side of him into my head. There has to be more than the politicians we see on TV, who who are like puppets on a string, in my view. πŸ™‚

  3. Oh I love the Emperor. Yes I see him in Dad and my husband. My life would be a complete chaos without them. He’s also my boss who had been so nurturing as a mentor. He was the one who accepted that my spiritual gifts and my Sun Goddess Tarot business could coexist harmoniously with my day job:D

  4. Nice one Louise! and it’s good to see the warmer side of The Emperor… he comes in for a lot of bad press really, so probably best to ditch the newspapers and hang out with the men you love πŸ™‚

  5. I’ve had a lot of trouble with the Emperor too. I do love the Gaian Tarot version, the Builder and the Chrysalis Tarot version also called The Greenman but with a lot friendlier face then the one from the Wildwood Tarot

    1. I am so glad I am not the only one who has an oracular anomaly over The Emperor, Ellen! πŸ™‚
      I’d love to see an image of the Greenman from the Chrysalis, if you’d care to share it? Via email? πŸ™‚

  6. I don’t have a problem with the Emperor in readings but I can’t say I like him much. He is an authoritarian rather than benevolent figure and I have issues with authority. Tell me what to do or how to be at your peril πŸ˜€

    1. *lol* Yes, I DO remember that about you, Ania! But that’s part of your charm. πŸ™‚
      But there HAS to be a benevolent part / side of him, hasn’t there? πŸ™‚

  7. Lovely post! The Emperor is not someone I loathe, but someone I see as a strong leader who has to be serious and rigid. Some of the swarminess that you describe brings up more the inside the box , rule-making Hierophant for me. Again, enjoyed your post!

    1. Oh, the Hierophant can is another one that causes me an anomaly! Looking forward to reading yours, when I get to them πŸ™‚

  8. You’re definitely not alone in having some trouble with the Emperor, Louise! I had no good male role models growing up, so adding crappy politicians to the mix I really don’t see authority figures in that great a light. Still, as you say, there are kind, loving men who create structure to nurture those they love the best way they know how. As Ellen says, the Gaian Builder encompasses that much better than most, for me πŸ™‚

    1. I need to look out my Gaian and look that card up. That’s not a deck I’ve played with, though I have it πŸ™‚

      1. It’s well worth a shuffle, Louise – very nature-based, and also community based, with real people instead of “barbie’s” πŸ™‚

  9. I wonder if we find the Emperor difficult because that patriarchal authoritarian energy is so dominant in our society – maybe we need to focus on the benevolent side of the Emporer to help restore the balance.

    1. I think part of it, Lys, is that we don’t SEE the benevolent side of an Emperor. At least, the newspapers don’t report it, because frankly, it doesn’t “sell” papers. Wish they would though, we need a good balance, IMHO. πŸ™‚

  10. Hi! I found you through Ellen’s blog, Greylady’s Hearth.
    It’s interesting what you said about not finding in the Emperor cards what you know as qualities in the men in your life.
    I have thought of gathering together all the major arcana cards from the decks I own and making up my own deck from these, perhaps with several cards the same, as in your case, Emperors.
    Just 3 or 4 the same that reflect different aspects.
    As an artists I understand how frustrating it must be trying to articulate/illustrate all the facets of a archetype in one illustration, you have to end somewhere!

    1. Hi Jane! Yes, it’s a pest but doing a comparison is often how you end up with a mind anomaly. I’ve had two now, no doubt I’ll have more! Thanks for stopping by. πŸ™‚

  11. You’re welcome – interesting blog btw.
    I do feel that the archetypes of psychology have become a little too dominant in Tarot over the last 20 years or so, we all go there though don’t we! It’s become a common language for us to describe the numinous.
    I started learning Tarot in the late 70’s and there weren’t so many writers or readers using the psychology paradigm back then.

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