Daily Draw: The Wild Unknown Tarot, The Emperor
Leadership - something my thesis attempts to denaturalise.
Who gets to be a leader and seen to be a leader often depends on embodied cultural/symbolic capital (white, male, heterosexual, middle aged, of a certain social class). This is normal or 'invisible' capital - the attributes of excellence or authority or 'natural leadership'. The latter being a common sense concept which like all common sense concepts tends to bolster the power of dominant 'elites' in society.
The embodied entitlement to space (both physical and aural) is often a strong statement of social entitlement. From the guy sitting legs sprawled on the train to the politician authorised to speak on behalf of the electorate.
As they take up space space for others diminishes. Women commonly speak more quickly and for less time at academic conferences anticipating the value of their product on the 'linguistic market' (speech is worth what the speaker is worth) and adjusting accordingly.
While I am critical of 'authority figures' being authoritative is worth aiming for. We may experience disadvantage that is structural in nature but we also have agency.
With that in mind the two positive messages I take from this card are:
1. Vision - things don't have to be the way they are and can be different
2. Structure - present an argument capable of persuading people of that
In the case of sociology however, we are always walking on hot coals, and the things we discuss are alive, they're not dead and buried.
Pierre Bourdieu, 1930-2002