18 The Teacher Archetype

Upright Meanings: caring, willingness, mature compassionate male, devoted, easy going, romantic, friendly, good husband/partner/father, loyal, faithful, married man, family orientated, affectionate, balanced, generous, charming, wise, diplomatic, sympathetic, enjoyment, spiritual guide, calm, tolerant, kindness

The Teacher card represents kindness, compassion and wisdom. This minor card can indicate that you will be finding the balance between your mind and your heart. You will learn to control your emotions and find the wisdom to accept that which you cannot change. You should be gaining a deeper level of emotional maturity when this card appears. You will become calmer, more sympathetic to others and tolerant. The Teacher signifies emotion, creativity, artistic ability and intuition but in a more balanced form. As a person, The Teacher is caring, affectionate and empathetic. He is a good listener, diplomatic and easy going. He is the type of older male who will give you sound advice and act as a calming influence in your life. He usually has light hair and has few if any enemies as he is well liked and gets along with the majority of people. He may lack the drive to pursue material wealth as he is more focused on the emotional side of life. He is very family orientated. He may be a water sign such as Cancer, Scorpio or Pisces.

Reversed Meanings: conman, overly emotional, gullible, rape, unkind, cheater, crafty, violent, violence, repressed, blocked creativity, cold, depressed, overwhelmed, anxious, affair with married man, scandal, uncaring, unbalanced, withdrawn, controlling, manipulation, double-dealer, deviance, emotionally immature male, moody

The Teacher reversed can represent being overly emotional or too sensitive. It can signify a lack of emotional maturity. It can be a sign that you are lacking back bone or are allowing yourself to be too gullible or putting yourself in a position where others can take advantage of you. You have to be accountable for your own behaviour. It tells you that you need to take responsibility for your emotions and well-being. This minor card can indicate that a lack of emotional balance may be causing you to become overwhelmed, anxious or depressed. This can also present itself as bitterness or unkind, uncaring or manipulative behaviour. As a person, The Teacher reversed is manipulative, controlling and, in the extreme negative, abusive. He is someone who uses his ability to sense the emotional weaknesses of others as a weapon against them and will seek to take advantage of vulnerability in others to get his own way or simply for his own amusement. He can be vindictive and spiteful and is not be trusted. Alternatively, The Teacher reversed can represent an older male who is so overly emotional and sensitive that he has lost the ability to function properly in the world. He may be moody, sulky, unbalanced and at risk of becoming dependent on the people around him. He may be a water sign such as Cancer, Scorpio or Pisces.