Walking the Path of the Major Arcana – The Emperor

This post is a continuation of a month-long challenge hosted on Tarot Rebels. As I can’t commit to daily draws at the moment, I am following along at my own snail’s pace here. The concept of the challenge is to see the ways in which the energies of the Major Arcana are affecting and manifesting in my life at the moment. *

The Emperor: Where does the divine masculine energy reside in my life?

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The Knight of Swords is a rather odd draw for the Divine Masculine, but after mulling it over for a few minutes it all started to make perfect sense. I mentioned in a previous post how I have struggled with conceptions of the Divine Masculine, largely because it feels unfamiliar to me; amongst all of this world’s misogyny, victimisation, victim-blaming, slut-shaming and mansplaining, I’ve often asked, “where the hell is the divinity in all of this?”

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Paulina Tarot Interview

I began my tarot journey with the now out of print Mythic Tarot, which was my only deck for several years. Then I bought a Thoth deck, which, at the time as a casual reader, was incredibly intriguing but also very intimidating with its layer upon layer of symbolism. My next deck was the Wild Unknown, and what a game-changer that was! Its imagery was so bold, yet simple, unlike anything I had seen before, the moment I laid eyes on it I knew I had to have it. After a couple more years I discovered the Paulina Tarot by Paulina Cassidy. I consider this one my ‘gateway deck’, after a decade of pretty minimal deck ownership, there was something about buying this one that gave me the collector’s bug, and now I seem to have a wish list my wallet just cannot keep up with.

Receiving a load of decks from a Christmas shopping spree was exiting and overwhelming, where do I start and how do I get to know all of these unfamiliar decks? How do I give them equal time and a fair chance to see if we connect? After googling around a bit, I discovered the idea of deck interview spreads from Little Red Tarot, and since then it has become an integral part of my getting to know new decks. So, without further ado, introducing the Paulina Tarot:

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