04 – The Emperor

Both the Empress and the Emperor
hold scepters,
so I can avoid
the obvious phallic jokes.

But what marks the Emperor
as father, as male?
The Empress is pregnant,
after all,
apparently at her most
female, fertile,
but men are fertile too.

Dualities are interesting,
although I have no patience
for the gender binary in tarot.

Give me a father figure
who isn’t a man.
Give me a man
who isn’t ruling
with austerity, sterility.
Give me an emperor
worthy of his empress.

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