The Emperor in the Tarot (key 4 in the Major Arcana) is our planet’s year card for 2020 based on numerology (2+0+2+0 = 4).
This card symbolises power and control issues in both beneficial and challenging ways.
For many people, the world has become an unsettling place – fascist leaders taking control, inequality, rise in crime, radical climate change activism, environmental catastrophes around the world, the sheer volume of plastic waste, unsustainable consumption, war in the Middle East, fake news, political corruption and gaslighting…
It all started in 2017, the Wheel of Fortune year, in which Trump took office in the White House.
Since then, our heads have been spinning caused by a dazzling speed of change beyond our control.
But 2020 is the year of the Emperor – a reminder we need to step back into our power and become leaders of light and hope in our families, communities, at work, in our relationships and also for ourselves.
This means we have to get fully engaged with the world, get active, speak up and debate, join and support groups to contribute towards making a difference.
Taking responsibility that we are all to blame for the state of the world, and now it’s time to make amends by radically changing our ways.
The Emperor has a vision of where he wants to be in the future. He is passionate, ambitious, driven and doesn’t shy away from confrontation.
He is in control by making plans and getting organised.
He is creating a solid foundation – a springboard – from which he can progress, move forward and grow.
At a global level during 2020, we will see more people questioning old structures and institutions (Meghan and Harry, Iran protests, healthcare funding, climate emergency…). This will continue into 2021, the year of the Hierophant.
There will be power struggles between governments and new grassroot movements demanding change.
The dark side of the Emperor will show up, and we have to face it head on: narcissism and control issues.
Look at neo-fascist populist leaders taking control all over the world by spreading misinformation and character assassinations on a global scale through social media.
The population is being controlled by lack of funding for education. The government doesn’t want our children to become digitally intelligent. This would expose government’s lies and damage their power.
We have to take education (including critical thinking and fact-checking) in our own hands.
The Emperor is linked to the zodiac sign Aries – what will be started, may not necessarily come to a conclusion.
Projects borne out of passion or anger may be aborted midway due to intense emotions diminishing, lack of interest, energy, a short attention span.
Without a good plan and preparation, even the best intentions and ideas despite enthusiasm may not lead to anything and just dissipate.
I’m watching the Labour leadership election and development of Extinction Rebellion (and other environmental protest movements) with the Emperor in mind. How is the Emperor energy reflected in your part of the world?
The Emperor is this year’s global year card, which means that while this masculine, yang energy has a strong influence on our personal lives, it also works combined with our personal year cards.
The global year card represents our external influences – opportunities and challenges, global events and developments we cannot control.
Our personal year card represents internal energy – strengths, weaknesses, attitudes, beliefs, values, choices, desires, our actions and responses to global year card energies.
How does your personal year card interact with the current global year card?
Take these three steps to start exploring:
Elements and astrological correspondences can give you an indication, whether your combination is friendly, supportive, neutral, conflicting or challenging.
You can then explore how to harness, resolve and align these energies to your advantage.
This work isn’t done in a day. It’s an ongoing project that lasts a whole year.
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