Tarot Enlightenment

in-depth readings by Heather-Rose Ryan

Today's card for you, Wednesday, December 19

The Emperor, reversed

This card is from the Robin Wood deck, published in 2002.

This card is from the Robin Wood deck, published in 2002.

Your life may be feeling frustratingly unstable now. Perhaps you’ve put time and energy into a work project, or into establishing your career, and it’s not going the way you had hoped. This card, reversed, suggests that you should consider the qualities needed in a good leader - calm authority, clarity of purpose, force of will to organize and follow through to get stuff accomplished - and work at bringing these qualities out in yourself. You may not see yourself as a leader, “The Boss”, but when you’re directing your own life and your personal development, you certainly are! It’s not enough to have talent and skills - you also must have the power to focus unceasingly on accomplishing your goals, plus the desire to promote yourself, to show the world what you can do. You might be shy about this because of bad experiences with overbearing, egotistical bosses and father-figures in your life. But being “in charge” doesn’t have to be that way. See others as potential allies, not as competitors. Build positive relationships with them, listen to their views, and help them to achieve their own goals. A rising tide carries all boats. With your own work, be methodical about your approach. Analyze what’s necessary and break it down into smaller components so you’re not overwhelmed. Make a clear plan and stick to it. Remember that you’re the one who’s responsible for your own success.