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The Year of the Emperor – Part 2

The Mary-el Tarot © Marie White

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.

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  • January 7, 2011, 11:07 am Arie

    Somehow I’m not very optimistic about this Emperor year.
    We have had two eclipses lunar and solar.
    I feel there will be concentration of power in the hands of the few, that will use it for their own good. Less Democratic governments. Less freedom of speach.
    Worldwide conflict.
    Sorry this is what comes up, when I curl my hand and look into the future. 🙂
    I hope I’m wrong.

  • January 7, 2011, 11:08 am Isar

    Beth – Just a small historical correction. 2002 was the “build up” phase for GWB’s case against Iraq. The war didn’t technically start till March 2003.

  • January 8, 2011, 8:42 am Beth

    Arie… I feel it too, to be honest. Just last night on our local news, a big story was that Duke Energy and Progress Energy are talking about merging.

    They are two HUGE, formerly competing companies that control electrical power for GIANT swaths of Indiana, Florida, Kentucky, Ohio, South Carolina and North Carolina. If they combine, the consumer has far less protection from their whims, and, worse, the few remaining independent co-op electric companies are likely to be on very shaky ground.

    I think the Emperor year is about the great opportunity, and tremendous need, for a radically different kind of relationship to how companies and individuals wield their power.. But will it happen? Can it happen without the darker side of Mars/Aries? I am trying really hard to be hopeful, especially with all the other heavy Aries influences from the astrological side of things.

    And Isar – ah, of course you’re right about that! Duh! That was the year of our Dragon! Okay, now I have to re-think this whole bit! 🙂

  • January 8, 2011, 12:43 pm Sandee

    Beth, 2002 was the year that our beloved progressive Democratic Senator, Paul Wellstone, was tragically killed in a plane crash, along with his wife, daughter and some campaign workers. It was about two weeks before his reelection, and resulted in Republican Norm Coleman becoming Senator instead. Former Vice President Walter Mondale (a vice emperor?) stepped into the senate race in Paul’s absence and made a valiant attempt to win that seat, but with only a week left to campaign he couldn’t close the gap. And there was no way for most of the absentee ballots that had already been cast to be redirected. I am convinced that no one else could have done as well as he did in that tiny time frame.

    It was also the year that my mother and first cousin died, as well as so many other people connected to me, either directly or indirectly (neighbors, friends’ parents, etc), that I eventually lost count. I shuddered when you connected this year to 2002!

  • January 8, 2011, 4:39 pm Beth

    Oh, Sandee…I am so sorry to think of you going through such bitter losses all in one year. I honestly don’t think that the energy of the Emperor Year would have been involved. So many beloveds crossing over at once sounds to me much more like there were challenging planets in transit for you.

    BTW – Although I’d forgotten it was 2002, I will never forget Sen. Wellstone. He was the first politician since my teen years I ever wrote a fan letter to! His death, with his dear family, was a tragedy that still has repercussions….