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What is the Meaning of the Emperor Tarot Card?
In this card we see a man on the throne, traditionally holding the world in one hand and a scepter in the other.
He is a ruler and thus possesses the traits of one; dominance, power, and authority.
This card represents traits that are associated with masculinity, which is why it’s referred to as the patriarch of tarot.
The Emperor is a part of the Major Arcana, meaning that the events he is associated with are a big life change to come, a catalyst for events that have passed, or the direct influence of what the person being read is currently experience in their present life.
Major Arcana cards are the heavy hitters in tarot and should always be heeded, especially one as domineering as The Emperor.
When this card appears in your reading, it’s important to first decide if he is representing the one being read or another person in their life.
Have you been appointed a new position at work? Is there someone in your life that has assumed a mentoring role, much like that of a father?
Whatever the case may be, The Emperor is a good sign that there is or will be a shift in power, which could be a good or bad omen depending on the nature of your reading.
The Upright Emperor Meaning
This card can signify a variety of different things in its upright position depending on its position in the reading and surrounding cards.
The Emperor in a past position often signifies an event in which an authoritative figure played a major role.
This will be the direct influence on the subject of the reading’s current dilemma.
In a present position The Emperor is interpreted as the person being read having come into a position of authority or responsibility, or that they are currently under the influence of an authority figure.
If The Emperor is signifying the person being read, this could mean they have literally come into a leadership position, or that they have assumed a position of authority in their romantic or personal relationships.
Being a shoulder to lean on and the advice giver in a relationship is great when warranted, but it’s important decide if this role is healthy for all involved parties.
The Emperor in the future position is a strong sign that the person being read will ultimately be in charge. It’s a positive indication that they will soon find themselves as a sole decision maker in a situation.
Work and the Emperor
If you’ve been working towards a promotion, The Emperor shows that your hard work is about to pay off. This card is a strong indicator that you will get what you’ve worked for.
If you haven’t been working towards a promotion or a pay raise, The Emperor is also a good omen for new opportunities.
If you’ve been putting in long hours, you’ll soon reap the benefits.
Love and the Emperor
For new relationships, The Emperor is a good sign. He denotes stability and security.
It’s possible that this relationship is set for the long haul, as long as both parties keep to their responsibilities towards each other and the roles they play within the relationship.
The Emperor could signify that one person in the relationship has more power than the other. This isn’t necessarily negative.
In some relationships one person may have more monetary responsibility where the other has more responsibility in terms of their home and family.
It’s important for the person being read to determine if this situation is working for them.
The Emperor and Finances
The Emperor is reassurance that your financial future will have stability.
If you are considering making another big financial decision, now is the time to do so.
Just make sure you stay on top of any paperwork that needs signing or phone calls that need to be made.
The Meaning of the Emperor in Health
If you’ve been having health issues or have been worrying about falling ill this is a good sign.
The Emperor says that your health will be fine.
Depending on the cards around it, he could also be telling you to take time to de-stress if you’re finding yourself under a lot of pressure.
The Emperor in Reversed Position
The Emperor in a reversed position spells trouble. This could be the person being read or someone they know abusing their position of power.
In some instances, The Emperor reversed is a sign that standing up to authority is a good idea, but make sure to pay attention to surrounding cards in the rest of a spread to determine the consequences of this action.
The Emperor Combinations
The Emperor has the strongest tie Temperance. When these two show up in combination they are showing a high level of self-control and willpower.
Appearing with The Devil is a strong indication that someone in your life is highly abusing the power they have over you and that if you don’t address the problem you are headed for a crisis.
In combination with the Four of Cups, The Emperor is being too closed-minded and it’s advised that you try and examine the situation from a different angle.