I’ve written interpretations for every card in the Wild Unknown Tarot. As the box of the deck states, there are no rights or wrongs. These are simply my perspectives on the tarot card meanings. I hope you find them useful!
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The Emperor :: Wild Unknown Tarot
Creator’s Keywords: the father, protection, logic, stability
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In the Wild Unknown Tarot deck, the Empress and the Emperor are represented by trees. Unlike the deciduous Empress, the Emperor is an evergreen. Whatever rough weather, whatever time of year, the evergreen tree remains solid. The Empress will grow new leaves, blossoms, fruit, and go through cycles. The Emperor will remain consistent.
There is a black sun in the background, radiating gentle orange and yellow, the only color in the card. The colors are a throwback to the Magician – but instead of emanating widely, this sun is a concentrated ball of energy. The Magician’s energy is expansive and creative; The Emperor’s energy is firmly rooted, sensible and logical.
While the Empress was surrounded by the night sky, the Emperor’s domain is the clear light of day. He is a commandeering figure who dominates the landscape and can see all that is around him. He offers shelter and protection from the stark surroundings.
The Emperor forms a natural pair with the Empress. The Emperor shows us the power of structure and consistency. He is a masculine (yang) balance to the feminine (yin) energy of the Empress. He may come across as harsh, and she may come across as soft. They work together to show us ‘the middle way.’