Would it surprise you to learn that there is indeed an Aries Tarot Card and that every sun sign reflects energy into the Arcane Tarot? With the planets Mars and Jupiter guiding the fiery Aries on, the Aries sun sign soon realises that they are the “chosen ones” to initiate the human journey from its very beginnings. When the Spring Equinox bursts into life, the Aries tarot tells us it is time for hope after a long hard winter. Yes, it is time to initiate a new life, a new karma, and a new incarnation.
The Aries is associated with materialisation, and the Aries tarot card depicts the Emperor who governs, regulates and presides over life, till his directives are understood by his people! Aries is also associated with the Egyptian God Amon, who incorporates the majesty of the Sun God Re, or the Ram, (Aries). Amon the King liberated the exploited, and demoralised and like the mythical Jason of Greek Myth, sought the Golden Fleece of illumination, and fought heroically for it. The result of Jason’s exploits brought him glory but also confusion and conflict. Therefore, Aries the Ram learns to reign over his own life with sobriety and kindness.
The Emperor is the fourth card in the arcane tarot; the Aries tarot card exerts the power of individuality within the status quo. The Aries tarot symbolises the man who does it “his way”. Who stands by beloved ones, unwilling to be broken by the fates or life’s struggles; he is an individualist “par excellence!” This is a man who creates a solid future and establishes a life mission within pre-ordained social mores. When the Aries Tarot, the Emperor, steps into a spread, one is often about to meet a powerful man who could transform one’s life with his functional creativity!
The Emperor connects to the fiery element of the Aries tarot, in that this fire sign warms our hearts, and gives us strength. However, an out of control Aries can be as destructive as a despotic Emperor. The Arien ruling planet is the Planet Mars, or the Tower Tarot Card. The tower is destroyed by fire, and turns everything to dust from one minute to the next, especially, if excessive feelings are not controlled. The challenge of the Aries therefore, is to keep powerful energies in line, so they do not “burn out” the good. A just Emperor must also be able to rule an unruly world!
The ultimate archetypal Aries tarot persona with a strong Arien/Mars influence is Scarlett O’Hara of the thirties classic film hit, “Gone with the Wind”. Through sheer determination Scarlett overcomes gruesome challenges yet still has to relearn life’s lessons over and over again. As she stands amidst the ruins of her beloved “Tara” destroyed during the American Civil War, her remembered quote still moves hearts and souls!
“As God is my witness, as God is my witness they’re not going to lick me. I’m going to live through this and when it’s all over, I’ll never be hungry again. No, nor any of my folk. If I have to lie, steal, cheat or kill. As God is my witness, I’ll never be hungry again”
Nothing could be more “Martian Aries” than Scarlett’s aforementioned statement. Yet, if your tarot layout depicts the calmer Aries Emperor, be sure that whatever difficulties you are facing, a just ruler will lead you forwards and rule your world with courage and wisdom!