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KEYWORDS: HARMONY, ORDER, LEADERSHIP, INFLUENCE
CHALLENGES: TYRANNY, ENTITLEMENT, VANITY, DELEGATION
TO CULTIVATE: MEDIATE, PLAN, ORGANIZE A GROUP
SUB-ARCHETYPES: DIPLOMAT, STRATEGIST, SPEAKER, JUDGE
SHADOW ASPECTS: OPPRESSOR (+), ENTITLED PRINCE (-)
The Sovereign’s wields power to create harmony, both internally and externally. When his surroundings become chaotic, he remains cool, calm, and collected—taking action, rather than reacting. He strives for prosperity, security, and stability.
The highest function of the Sovereign is as a harmonizing force. He uses reason and rationality to integrate the different aspects of himself. He is the part that plans, strategizes, and takes practical steps. The Sovereign skills of strategy, collaboration, and leadership are needed when building something beyond the individual. He uses the resources available to him to bring bounty to himself and his community.
The Sovereign’s actions should empower others and balance personal freedom with the security of the greater good. If he unfairly forces his will on others, he falls into the egoic Shadow of the Oppressor. If his ego is left unchecked, he can believe that he deserves more resources, fame, and attention than others. The Sovereign’s kingdom will eventually be destroyed from within unless he can adequately utilize his influence to benefit others as much as himself.
Connecting with Sovereign energy is best done by looking within. If you cannot manage the complexities of your thoughts, feelings, and desires, you will have a hard time being a positive leader. The Sovereign Archetype is as much about a personal balance as it is creating harmony around you.
When you draw this card, consider how you lead yourself and your community. Ask yourself how you prioritize your time and values. How do you set plans in motion and reach your goals? Do your pursuits raise others up, as much as yourself? How could you bring stability and harmony to the world?
KEYWORDS: COMMUNICATION, OPTIMISM, NEGOTIATION
CHALLENGES: OVER-COMPROMISE, PERFECTIONIST, NEED TO BELONG
TO CULTIVATE: VOLUNTEER, MEDIATE, DEBATE, STUDY BODY LANGUAGE
The Diplomat uses his communication skills to resolve conflicts. He brings a sense of optimism and imagination to find solutions. The Diplomat’s ultimate goal is peace and strives to inspire others with his vision.
The Diplomat has an incredible talent to see multiple perspectives. He can see the needs of different parties and communicate them with others. His negotiation skills are grounded in fairness, strategy, and compassion. In social situations, the Diplomat is exceptionally calm, collected, and rarely loses his focus.
The Diplomat’s dedication to the greater good can sometimes drive him to self-martyrdom. Sacrificing his own goals and values might get him closer to his dream, but it isn’t sustainable in the long run. The Diplomate should try and balance his personal life with his work helping others.
When working with the Diplomat, consider how you try stepping into the perspective of someone you have a hard time understanding, and coming up with mutually beneficial ideas. Ask yourself how you mediate when conflicts arise.
KEYWORDS: PRACTICAL, CALCULATED, SYSTEMATIC
CHALLENGES: ABSTRACTIONS, CALLOUSNESS, DETACHMENT
TO CULTIVATE: PRACTISE TACTICS, BOARD GAMES, INVESTING
The Strategist uses his intellect to find the most effective path to reach his goal. He is practical, success-driven, and calculated. He explores all possibilities to make a systematic plan. He is skilled in overseeing and enacting the details needed to complete the objective.
The Strategist has to be open to being wrong and opposing opinions. This helps him continually evaluate his logic and perspective. He knows there is danger in being blinded by assumption. The Strategist does well when surround by sound counsel and opposing viewpoints.
The Strategist can struggle with any project or person that doesn’t have a clear goal. His need for efficiency can be seen as callousness. Since people’s mistakes can profoundly affect his strategy, he can become guarded and detached. If the Strategist isn’t careful, the community, his most valuable asset, will abandon him.
When working with the Strategist, look at how you create and achieve your goal. Do you have clarity on every step and working piece? Could you sacrifice one element or enrich another to make you more likely to succeed?
KEYWORDS: MOTIVATING, PERSONABLE, CHARMING
CHALLENGES: MANIPULATION, LYING, LISTENING
TO CULTIVATE: ACTING, SOCIALIZING, POLITICS, MARKETING
The Speaker knows how to insight motivation in others. He wields his words as an artist wields a brush. He knows how to speak to people’s hopes, dreams, and fears. He can evoke emotion in the listener and help them channel it into action.
The Speaker is charismatic, passionate, confident, and knowledgeable. His biggest asset is his reputation. He knows that people must respect him if they are to listen to him. This leads the speaker to be kind and empathetic to his audience.
The Speaker must never take advantage of his listeners or fall into the shadow of the charlatan. If his message preys more on fear, then offering an alternative, he will slip into his shadow. His skills are best used to incite positive change in others.
When you draw this card, evaluate how you communicate with others. Look to how you can insight emotions in others through your passion and charm.
KEYWORDS: BALANCED, INQUISITIVE, ETHICAL, FAIR
CHALLENGES: CRITICISM, ARROGANCE, LISTENING, INSENSITIVITY
TO CULTIVATE: SPEAK HARD TRUTHS, STUDY HISTORY
The Judge holds the essence of authority and order. The Judge Archetype can be found in referees, teachers, parents, and whenever a decision must be made. He is looked to for his transpersonal wisdom and rational. He is in a place of authority to create order out of conflict.
The Judge must balance the needs of the individual against the needs of society. The judge uses reason and analysis to separate truths from the lies. He studies law, philosophy, and history to make well-informed decisions. He must discard his personal biases and objectively evaluate the broader issues and higher truths at play.
The Judge must be careful of using his position of authority to manipulate others. If his decisions have hidden agendas or he loses compassion, he will fall into the Corrupt Judge’s shadow. He will look for reasons to justify his preconceived notions. He mustn’t decide based on his emotional biases. He finds his moral compass becoming eroded, leading to pandering and misconduct of his authority.
Working with the Judge Archetype can be difficult. It asks you to be both sincerely compassionate while simultaneously rigidly protecting order. When this card appears, look to how you create order and equality in your decisions. How do you ensure rational decisions and unravel your unconscious biases?
(+) SHADOW ASPECT OF THE SOVEREIGN
KEYWORDS: DOMINEERING, SELFISH, ARROGANT
TO BRING TO BALANCE: ANTI-RACISM, HUMILITY, ACTS OF KINDNESS
The Oppressor deliberately pushes down and exploits others. He dominates out of lust for power and a need for control. He expels his energy, suppressing others’ inherent power, fearing that they might discover his own weaknesses.
The Oppressor’s toxic behavior can harm the environment, animals, or even culture. His fears can make him irrationally lash out to anything that makes him feel powerless. Cutting down trees just to feel powerful or bullying others to feel superior. He is entitled, arrogant, and narcissistic. The slightest criticism will make him feel angry and reactive.
To free himself from this cycle, he must see the humanity in the people he hurts. He must humble himself to see everyone as an equal and not a subordinate. To break from the Oppressor’s Shadow, look at how you dominate conversations or take away others’ choices. If you are unsure if your actions hurt others, sincerely approach your friends and coworkers about your actions, and be open to criticisms.
(-) SHADOW ASPECT OF THE SOVEREIGN
KEYWORDS: APATHETIC, WEAK-WILLED, VAIN
TO BRING TO BALANCE: VISION BOARDING, AFFIRMATIONS, SOLO ADVENTURES
The Entitled Prince hides from responsibility and pushes others to do the actual work. He feels so inflated by his own self-worth he spends most of his time bickering and complaining. He sees himself as a victim of external circumstances, making him feel impotent and passionless. The Entitled Prince feels as if the world is conspiring against him. The only time he feels safe is if he is wholly coddled by someone else.
To break free of the Shadow, the Entitled Prince must take up his responsibility and regain his empowerment. He must face his anxieties and begin the long journey of finding inner-confidence. Otherwise, he will hurt the people around him and see his kingdom in ruin.
When exploring the Shadow Aspect of the Entitled Prince, look to how you fulfill your obligation. Ask yourself, do you feel you must be treated differently than other people? Are certain things guaranteed to you because of your position? How do you show gratitude to people that help you?
Working on your confidence and self-reliance will help bring this Shadow aspect back into balance and unlock your true potential as a leader.