The Emperor

“In medieval and Renaissance iconography”, explained the blowfly, who enjoyed taunting Bonnie with his scholarship, “the Emperor symbolized secular rule as opposed to religious rule. He represented male political power, stability, potency and afforded protection.”

Spring is here, the days are warming and the blowflies have been very active again. One very persistent, surprisingly learned fellow, has been hanging about as Bonnie gives one of her Major Arcana lectures.

A Soapbox Orator is one who makes an impassioned, impromptu speech. (Soapboxes were once commonly used as makeshift platforms for such speeches.) As Bonnie makes pronouncements about the Emperor a learned Blow Fly buzzes scholarly information.

As she lectures from an old Soapbox, under a talking Red River Gum, Bonnie points to a picture of Big Red the Kangaroo and explains that while early trumps portrayed figures like Charlemagne, modern card makers and artists are now more likely to portray someone who is currently reigning.

Those who were actually listening to Bonnie clap in agreement. The red kangaroo is Australia’s largest marsupial. Like all kangaroos, it has extremely powerful and large hind-legs which it uses to locomote through bounding leaps. The red kangaroo is found throughout arid and semi-arid parts of Australia. They are social, and congregate in ‘mobs.’

Everyone defers to the Big Red. His warrior energy is sometimes considered exclusively masculine, but everyone needs strength, leadership and decisiveness in their lives and red kangaroo demonstrates this. He has certainly earned the right to wear the crown of Emperor of the Australian Bush.

Kangaroo’s medicine includes leaping away from bad situations, creating a safe home environment, protection of the young, ability to adapt to new situations, strength, stamina and balance.

Kangaroos are extremely focused beings, with their energy fields tightly woven around them with no room for distractions. If this is your power animal you must keep your personal energy fields clear of external influence so that you remain centered and focused.

When being hunted, kangaroos are very fast and hop effortlessly to safety, without a moments thought of where they are going, instead they use their instinct to guide them. “For us” said Bonnie, “there is a great lesson to be learned from this – we too must let our instincts guide us.

“Oh I think it is the humans that need this lesson” commented the sage Blowfly!

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