Power, maturity, responsibility, organization
THE CARD’S STORY BY: CAROL PHILLIPS
I have chosen to depict an aspect of the god Odin for my Emperor card, primarily as he is known as the Allfather. He is the father of the Norse Gods, ruler of the Aesir. While Odin as a God himself is a much more complex character than this, he incorporates both fury and inspiration. He is masculine, battle-hardened and strong. He is a war god but very intelligent. In my artwork, ready to take on the world he holds his spear Gungnir up to the burning sky unleashing his power beyond. He rides over the mountains on his mighty steed Sleipnir. His wolves Geri and Freki run by his side, and his ravens Hugin and Munin (thought and memory) fly ahead, above him and aid him in the battles to come.
THE CARD’S MESSAGE BY TRISH SULLIVAN
Odin charges into battle, on his trusty eight-legged steed, Sleipnir, surrounded by his wolves and ravens. This is a measured, prepared action, his animals are his scouts – his eyes and ears, ensuring that he is not surprised, his strategy is not disrupted. You need to follow a structure – take the time to make a plan and stick to it. Use the opportunities in front of you, to exert your control over the situation at hand, and make sure you tie up all the loose ends. Don’t get distracted! There is plenty of time for fun and enjoyment, but only once the job is done, and the work is complete. It may seem “boring” in some ways, but it’s the only way to get the results you want…so decide now if it’s important to you.
MYTHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION: ODIN
Odin is the king of the Aesir, the gods in Norse mythology. He is a god of war and death, protector of heroes and welcomed the fallen warriors into Valhalla. He is also considered to be a god of the sky, of wisdom and of poetry, a powerful leader, to whom wolves and ravens are sacred. His strength and experience, along with his leadership of the gods, meant that we felt that he was a perfect Emperor.
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