The Emperor Tarot card meaning can been seen plainly in the card image. He is a stoic figure, stern and in complete control of himself. He tempers The Empress’s free flowing style nicely. He is confident in his abilities to rule and bring things to complete order.
He is a strict constructionist as he lives in a world where the rules are followed, authority is obeyed, and organization rules the day. The Emperor is ruled in astrology by the sign Aries. In the Rider-Waite tarot deck, this is represented on the card where you can the heads of four rams adorning his throne. In his right hand is a scepter that signifies masculine energy and his left hand holds an orb that represents the feminine energy. This shows that his power is balanced action. The river behind him is the river of life.
In a tarot reading this card can mean a need to bring structure and control to a situation that is out of hand. It also can be a sign that a meeting with authority is at hand or you may be put in control of something of importance. It shows the potential for major growth and movement, and the ability to begin new ventures with passion and vigor. Goals must be pursued with the greatest effort.
It is important to know that although The Emperor is strong willed and has tremendous confidence in himself, he is careful not to insist on others that they follow his lead. This is true even if he knows he is right and it is for their own good. As a result this also represents one of the shortcomings of The Emperor. If others do not follow, he can quickly lose interest and not finish what he so passionately started.
The major keywords to consider when you see The Emperor Tarot card are:
- Father Figure
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