Ferret Tarot (Elaine Moertl, 2003).
With four crying kiddies, he's certainly got his arms full. Will his rules and boundaries be enough to calm the storm? How can he impose order on the chaos children bring? So far, he doesn't seem very confident in his ability to cope.
To me, this card says something about the fact that just telling people what they should do or feel doesn't always (often?) work. Clear boundaries need to be lived, and maintained. It also speaks of the caring which the Emperor expresses, sometimes through discipline and structure, sometimes through what he builds and creates.
I certainly feel a bit like this ferret today. Although I just have the one child, he can certainly be a handful. Big Boy needs to go to the doctor's again, which has put paid to my plans for the day. He often enforces a different structure on my day than I would choose. Still, at least I can ring in the morning and get an appointment on the same day to see someone.
I am grateful for the National Health Service, however flawed.