The Emperor Tarot card – 4 – I am the authority

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The Emperor TAROT CARD DESCRIPTION: illustration, colors, and symbolism

  • The Emperor Tarot card shows a stoic ruler figure, sitting on his giant throne. The throne is decorated with four ram heads. These are representing his astrological sign – Aries, which is related to planet Mars. He holds an orb in his left hand which is representing the kingdom that he rules and his right to rule. In his right hand, he has an ankh, the Egyptian symbol of life. The red robe that he wears indicates energy, power, and passion for life. Underneath his robe, he wears armor. The armor is signifying protection from any threat. His long white beard represents the wisdom that comes with age and experience. And along with his gold crown, he is an authority figure who demands to be heard. the Emperor has learned what it takes to rule, establish power, and complete order for the benefit of his people. Behind the throne, is a mountain range, that expresses his strong foundation but also his resilience to change unless he thinks it’s inevitable. Beneath the peaks flows a small river. This represents a sense of hope and the emotional side of the Emperor, which’s hard to reach but is there. it will just take a lot of digging and trust to open him up to his softer side. Contrast this with his complement, the Empress, whose flowing fields are filled with nurturing kindness. The Emperor instead rules with grit, strength, and force.


  • The Emperor Tarot card is the father archetype of the tarot deck and the number four of the Major Arcana cards. The card is connected to Number Four. In numerology, Four is another point of balance. In other words, four is able to create something stable. Four also means a table, sturdy, contentment. Four is also complacent. All the wealth in the bank, everything solid and protected, life gets a little flat.
  • Wikipedia: He symbolizes the top of the secular hierarchy, the ultimate male ego. The Emperor is the absolute ruler of the world.

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 A statement that represents The Emperor: I am the authority.

What does The Emperor card mean – in general?

The Emperor Tarot card represents the highest leadership. It also symbolizes power, strength, and success. The Emperor Tarot card often predicts that you will achieve a level of status. However, this doesn’t just happen. The Emperor is telling you to be strong, hardworking, and brave. If you do this, success will follow. Your hard work will certainly pay off. This archetypal ruler is responsible for the affairs of a society or community, which are directly proportional to his well-being. The emperor archetype masters the world of matter and physical manifestation. When you pull this card think about your potential for mastery. Strengthen a sense of dominion within yourself, despite any self-limiting beliefs or habits. It’s all about control when it comes to the Emperor. The Emperor tarot card represents a strategic thinker who sets out plans that he must see through. He is a symbol of the masculine principle. In other words, he is a symbol of the paternal figure in life that gives structure, creates rules and systems, and imparts knowledge. Though he is a ruler, he acts rationally and according to what is for the greater good of the kingdom.

Is the Emperor tarot card good and what does it represent?

The  Emperor card meaning depends on is the card upright or reversed and what is its position towards other cards.

What does The Emperor card mean – upright?

The Emperor Tarot card upright means that you are about to reach a new level of mastery. It indicates achievement through hard work and discipline.  Often the Emperor can represent dealings with authority figures. Others will see you as an expert in your field. Also, there is the possibility that you come into some actual power, exercising authority, or that you become a leader in your work. You will be firm but fair hand, just like the Emperor. Above all, this new level of mastery won’t just happen. You have to chase your goals similar to the way that the Emperor does. So you need structure, strategy, and a lot of perseverance. The Emperor Tarot card signifies the dominance of logic over emotion and of the mind over the heart. You have a clear vision of what you want to create. Also, You organize those around you to manifest your goal. You listen to the advice of others, but you prefer to have the final say. Also, you won’t hesitate to use the power to protect those you care about. And in return, others will repay you with the loyalty and respect you deserve. You create law and order by applying principles or guidelines to a specific situation. The Emperor Tarot card also represents the father figure. So, it can also imply that you’re adopting this fatherly role. Perhaps you are taking care of your family. You are providing stability and security. Also, this is a positive indicator for marriage.

 The Emperor card meaning – reversed?

“Reversed tarot card” is a card that appears to be upside down from your angle of vision. If the Emperor is reversed, it means a negative presence of domination in your personal or professional life. This person may be you or some authority figure. This person abuses his authoritative powers others feel powerless or rebellious. this person wants to maintain control in every situation. So, there may be a tendency to behave like a tyrant, insisting on being indulged, served, and flattered. Try to curb whatever arrogance might be distorting your point of view. The emperor looks like the king, but he is the servant of everyone in his realm. Seek to find a solution where you lead from a place of personal power and enable others to do the same. Also, the Emperor may represent some person of authority that makes you feel powerless.  This person may actually be trying to give you guidance but the message is lost due to their domineering behavior. The best way to handle this person is to remain calm and logical. Also, do not be afraid to stand up to authority but do so in a practical and logical manner. The Emperor Tarot card reversed can also indicate a lack of discipline to get the job done. If you are struggling to see any real outcomes: get organized, create a feasible plan, and work hard. You have to realize that it takes time to achieve results. The card can indicate that you are letting your heart overrule your head too much and need to balance your mind with your emotions. So, you may be lacking self-control and need to get more structure in your life. The Emperor reversed can represent paternity issues or questions over paternity.

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What does The Emperor card mean – in Love


  • If you have a question or a wish for Tarot cards about love: If you are single, be ready to fall in love soon. The Emperor tarot card in a love reading means action, commitment, and stability. This card is connected to authority and fatherly nature. So, the Emperor often indicates a romantic relationship with an older person. This person will lavish you with love, attention, and support. And will like structure, order, and logic. If you are in a relationship, this card is a good sign as it stands for monogamy and long-lasting relationships. The Emperor is telling you that your partner is with you for the long run. If you have been experiencing relationship problems they begin to improve and stability will return to the relationship.  The Emperor Tarot card love meaning asks us to bring common sense, structure, discipline, and logic to relationships and romance.


  •  If you are in a relationship, this card may indicate an imbalance of power in the relationship which is causing conflict. There may be some kind of power struggle or a fight for dominance when it comes to love and relationships. Instead of coming together with your different ideas, there may be competitiveness and a desire to just be right. It can suggest that one partner is controlling the other or being possessive, or overbearing. So, The Emperor shows that there is a need for balance between wanting structure and being a control freak. Learn to compromise.  If you are single, this card can indicate that your father’s issues are leading to negative patterns in your choice of partners. You need to avoid attracting those who would seek to take advantage of you. his card can also signal difficulty emotionally connecting in your relationship or potential relationships.

The Emperor Tarot card and Money


  • ​If you have a question or a wish for tarot cards about money and Career: the Emperor tarot card is one of the most desirable cards. It indicates that you know what you want, and you organize others around you to achieve your goal. The card tells you to be strong, hardworking, brave, and in command. If you do this, success in business and wealth will follow. In other words, your hard work, dedication, and logical thinking will surely pay off. It can be in the form of a promotion, a pay raise, or new business opportunities. Also, you are about to achieve a new level of mastery or complete some project. Just use a structured approach, work hard, and be in command. Also,  it can be a sign that an older male will provide guidance and support to you. Financially, is a sign that you need to keep reasonable control of your spending and be aware of where your money is going.


  • The Emperor Tarot card reversed shows a lack of consistency, logic, and organization leading to problems at work. it may be time for a change. Perhaps there is another job that would give you greater freedom. Or you are tired of following orders and want to be your own boss. These are options to consider. Financially, is a sign that you need to keep reasonable control of your spending and be aware of where your money is going.

The Emperor Tarot card and Helth

  • If you have a question or a wish for tarot cards about Health:  it often indicates that you’re being too hard on yourself. You are working more than you need. Or you are following a very tight fitness regime. If so, the Emperor advises you to slow down a bit.Pushing yourself to the limit, will not help you to make progress. When you are suffering from an illness or injury, the card tells you to listen to your body. Instead of ignoring the signals of your body, rest or seek medical advice from a doctor and listen to your doctor’s advice. Also, the Emperor may be a sign that you’ve been focusing too much on the physical and material parts of your life. So,  create time to listen to your inner self as well.
  • ​Reversed: The Emperor reversed indicates that you are too rigid with your routine. That is causing you unnecessary stress. This may be manifested in physical symptoms like headaches or poor sleeping patterns. Also, if you are pushing your body too far it can also cause injuries. So, just loosen up the routine.  Give yourself time to relax. Alternately, The Emperor reversed can show you need to increase your self-discipline to bring yourself back to good health.

​ Tarot Yoga

If you pulled The Emperor during your tarot reading, you should practice Virabhadrasana or Warrior poseVideo demonstration Warrior yoga pose  (Virabhadra is the name of a fierce warrior, an incarnation of Shiva, described as having a thousand heads, a thousand eyes, and a thousand feet, wielding a thousand clubs and wearing a tiger’s skin).

Yoga is an expression of body movement, breathing, meditation, and philosophy. Yoga and tarot heal the body by intersecting in multiple realms. They both create a bridge between your subconscious and conscious mind, use archetypes to reveal life lessons, work with the elements, serve as a guide for the appropriate practice, and help us cultivate our intuition and accomplish our life’s true self. Tarot cards are a divination tool made up of 78 images and qualities, split into 22 major arcana cards representing karmic lessons and 56 minor arcana cards representing day-to-day choices. Read more about TAROT YOGA.

About Tarot

Tarot cards are a form of divination, which literally means working with the divine, or your higher self, which is the ultimate purpose of tarot cards, just like yoga. The tarot is in essence a soul map, a deep psychological guide to self-empowerment. Playing with Tarot cards is a conversation with your higher self. The cards always work. It’s not magic—tarot cards are a sacred mirror. There are now thousands of types of tarot decks. A traditional deck has 22 Major Arcana (or trumps) which are archetypal images. There are 56 Minor Arcana cards, sixteen Court or Personality cards; the Kings, Queens, Princes, and Pages. There are four elements or suits: Fire, Earth, Air, and Water, with 10 cards in each. Above all, there are no inherently negative cards. Below is The World Tarot Card Meaning: love, health, money, and Yoga. See also our Free Online Tarot Readings , like popular Yes or No tarot, and 3 cards tarot.

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