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I stopped doing this for a bit because posts on this series were being reblogged to content aggregation blogs, which I don’t like. But, I’m also not sure how to stop it other than to state that I do not give permission for my work to be reposted on other blogs.

What is the positive aspect of this card?

The Emperor is the card of authority wielded well. This card shows care, responsibility, vision, a sense of order, the necessary diplomacy, the willingness to make difficult decisions for the betterment of those affected, and the humility to listen to and understand those in the community. This is the card of good parenting, of responsible stewardship, of considered statecraft.

What is the negative aspect of this card?

When in bad aspect, The Emperor can become a card of arrogance; might makes right; my way or the highway; I’m the dedcider, and so on. Power held by persons who deeply believe that they have the only true and right perspective, and who are willing to impose that belief or the consequences of that belief, on others can be a deeply frightening thing.

Astrological association and why?

I can see three possibilities for this card: First, Aries- Aries has the confidence (or hubris, depending) to own the role of Emperor in the way only a fire sign can. Likewise, Leo- the fiery confidence and charisma paired with a sign who likes the attention of being in charge, and can genuinely care about those over whom they preside. I also think of Capricorn, though- they’re the ones with the dedication, the responsibility, the work ethic, and the endless drive to really make this role work smoothly and successfully. So, maybe a Capricorn with a Leo rising? That might be your best Emperor.

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Next up in our challenge is The Magician.

What is the positive aspect of this card?

The Magician, to me, is all about self-motivated change. It’s the power to make the world reflect your will, to control your own destiny, and to steer the course of events. This is obviously good in so much as it encourages one to self-actualize, and to act, rather than wait. Often believing we are powerful empowers us simply by our own belief.

What is the negative aspect of this card?

Pride goeth before a fall. Power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely. Believing that you are the ultimate authority/change agent/rule-bender/actor can lead to overweening arrogance and the inability to see those persons and creatures around you as inferior, or un-realized.

Astrological associations and why?

I associate this card with Aries, mainly because of the fire and motion of it; Aries, like The Magician, likes to push things into place, locking horns with a current situation and wrestling it into place. I can also see hints of Sagittarius here, another fire sign, in the sense of “no fucks given” that The Magician can indicate. As far as planets, I find this to be a Mars card, though I could also see arguments for something more outer.

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Been a couple of months since I’ve posted here; work, life, etc. But I was remembering how much I enjoyed these daily challenges last fall, and what do you know, Black And The Moon has a new one going on, so I thought I’d jump in!

What is the positive aspect of this card?

The Fool, to me, is always new beginnings, fresh starts, new adventures, etc. It’s a chance to leap out into the unknown, to leave behind whatever may be dragging you down. It’s striking out on your own, taking the road less traveled, maybe asserting your own independence or taking control of your own life. It’s that road trip you always wanted to take, or the first time you went on stage, or when you moved out of your parents house, or whatever grand endeavor you first attempted. It’s the new year, new you.

What is the negative aspect of this card?

The Fool can indicate a willfulness, I think, but also a certain naivete. Perhaps this new beginning comes from being unwilling to confront one’s own demons, or from running away from one’s responsibilities. Or maybe one just has one’s head in the clouds. And, while going off on your own is all well and good, if it’s your continual habit, you might need to consider the reasons you are choosing to go it alone- is it independence? Or fear? And finally, sometimes The Fool can be, well… foolish.

Astrological associations and why?

My initial response is that The Fool goes with Aries, since Aries is the “baby” of the zodiac, and The Fool is the start of the deck. They both can have a certain level of self-absorption, which can be a help or a hindrance, depending, and the Ariean fire lends itself well to the sort of “striking out for adventure” that The Fool can indicate.

Part of me also wants to say Gemini, though- I think of The Fool as a rather airy card, and that sense I sometimes get from Geminis of being blissfully un-tethered to reality seems to also be an aspect of this card.  I’d add that, if I were looking for a planetary correspondence, I’d pick Mercury, the youthful messenger, who is, of course, the ruler of Gemini.

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