Pull the string, and it will follow wherever you wish.
Push it, and it will go nowhere at all.
~ President and General Dwight D. Eisenhower
Yesterday, I offered a brief overview about The Emperor in terms of the Tarot. Today, we’ll take a look at the implications for his influence on global events this year.
Last year, 2010, was an Empress Year – lush with fertile, creative Mothering and nurturing. In an Emperor year, we would expect a more patriarchal energy.
We may see many of the same patterns that occurred in the most recent Emperor Year we had – 2002. Of course, the big story in 2002 was that the United States and its NATO allies went to war with Afghanistan. And they were making a case for war with Iraq, for reasons that are still in doubt. Let us hope that the Mars/Aries God of War does not have the upper hand in the Emperor’s influence this year.
(The portion highlighted was corrected after my original post, since Isar kindly pointed out my error about the timing. Thanks again, Isar!)..
In an Emperor Year, the focus is very likely to be on establishing authority, security, power, rules and top-down command, as well as when and how to use physical force. So we can expect that corporate and political power structures and struggles will be even more important than usual. Watch for consolidation of power and alliances for a common goal.
I find it fascinating that in this Emperor Year, the royal family of Great Britain is once again in the limelight. Whether you love or hate the idea of a monarchy in the 21st century, the upcoming royal wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton has grabbed the headlines and imaginations of celebrity fans everywhere. In case you have not kept track, Prince William is next in line to the throne, after his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth and his father, Prince Charles.
Emperors are concerned with the “Big Picture,” and long-term strategies. Their own mortality often weighs heavily on them (more about this tomorrow!), so they may expend copious time and treasure to create a legacy that can continue beyond their death. As a result, they are usually well aware that they are laying the groundwork for the generations to come with every choice they make.
So we might hope that under the influence of the Emperor, our leaders will step up, with less hubris and more compassion and personal responsibility. This is an opportunity for those at the forefront of industry, finance and politics to make their decisions with an awareness of the long lens of history, rather than the short-term gains for themselves or their party.
Tomorrow, I will conclude with a few thoughts about how we may be personally impacted by the influence of the Emperor year. By the way, you can receive a printed copy of my entire Emperor Year essay, including some suggested personal affirmations and meditations, when you order my Emperor Year Soul Card Kit.