The Emperor: Taxes and Audits

The Emperor

Phew! I just finished getting my tax stuff in order. (Note: That’s not the obsession I was talking about in my last post, I’ll get to that.) Am seeing my accountant tomorrow and possibly (definitely) left the paperwork until the last minute. Nobody enjoys doing their taxes. It’s a fact of life. And there’s at least one peep I know who never does them. Ever. Because it’s too hard. He’s one of those hoarder types who collects piles around his house and can never find anything when he needs it. Luckily the government owes him way more than he owes them. I’m not too bad when it comes to keeping track of my paperwork. I might even be a bit of a filing geek (*confession*). But it’s still a chore to do my taxes. That’s why I’m filing them under the Emperor card. He demands self-discipline and hard work. As my luck would have it a letter arrived in the post today telling me I’ve been randomly selected by the teaching body of my state to have my professional practice audited as well. Oh yay, more forms to fill out. Taxes and audits, I’m deep in Emperor territory right now.

How do you handle tax time?

The Tarot Of Elections

It’s the day after the election here in Australia and while most peeps are probably nursing a hangover after celebrating the win or the loss I thought I’d have a look at the Tarot Of Elections.

The Empress

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The Emperor: Tests And Reports

The Emperor

It’s that time of year as a school teacher in Australia when you have to report on your students’ progress. My reports were due last Friday at 4pm and I was still tidying up sentences when the computer sever got turned off and I was forced to stop tweaking. Report writing is very much the domain of The Emperor. Let’s take a closer look at the process shall we…

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The Boston Bombers And The Frankston Rapist: The Tarot Of Dealing With Imported Cultural Values

So they’ve caught the last remaining Boston Marathon Bomber and everyone can breathe a sigh of relief. At least the immediate danger is over. Although the pain is not. Everything about this situation makes me sad. The loved ones lost. The victims who must learn to live without an arm or leg or maybe both. The families hurting. The futileness of the whole thing. And two young men who believed that harming others in the most horrific way was the best thing they could do with their lives.¬†How did they come to such a conclusion? Was it because they were born in a country where terrorism is seen as a valid means of expressing your dissatisfaction? And more importantly, how can we stop this from happening again?

Australia like America has a worrying track record when it comes to ensuring newcomers embrace the values of our society. Men from certain countries manage to find a way to have more than one wife, 14-year-old girls are sent back to their parent’s country-of-birth to get married, female babies are circumcised, even though these things are against Australian law. And then there is this. Alongside the news about the capture of the Boston Bomber in the Australian media this morning was a distressing story about a young Afghan refugee who confused rape with consensual sex.

Esmatullah Sharifi was jailed a few years ago for raping a 25-year-old woman on Christmas Eve. He subsequently faced the courts again on charges of raping an 18-year-old five days before the other rape took place. The courts heard that Sharifi regularly drove around outside nightclubs in Frankston, on the outskirts of Melbourne, on the lookout for drunk, vulnerable, young women. As a result of these two cases Sharifi was placed on the sexual offenders registry and sentenced to 14 years in prison.¬†Incredibly, unbelievably, he has won the right to appeal his sentence on the basis that as a refugee he did not understand what ‘consent’ means in Australia. Even though in the second case it was made clear that the girl screamed and called for help at which point he put one hand over her mouth and another around her neck to restrict her breathing i.e. He had to use force for the sexual act to be performed. As one commentator has pointed out, the idea that rape might somehow be excused in Australia because of cultural differences in horrifying.

It strikes me that there are disturbing parallels between the Boston Bombers and the Frankston rapist. In both cases the imported cultural values of young men has led to acts that we would consider evil. So maybe we need to look at the ways we manage the assimilation of immigrants. Of course the onus should be on the individuals involved to take responsibility for their actions. Few immigrants commit such horrifying deeds and there are plenty of homegrown rapists and murderers. But surely it’s also in our interest as a society to look for better ways to impart our values to newcomers.

This is how I would describe the Tarot of this situation:

The Emperor: Young men

The Devil: Evil

Justice: Weighing our options as a society

Two Of Pentacles: Dealing with different values

We need to consider carefully how we deal with young men who are importing what we would consider evil values into our society. We need to deal with those values before they erupt into rape and murder. Ignorance should never be admitted as a valid excuse before the law.

Any suggestions as to how?