The Emperor Tarot Card Meaning

The Emperor Tarot Card Meaning

The Emperor is the fifth card of the Major Arcana and represents structure and authority in our lives. He embodies our strength and will power to pull through even the toughest of challenges. He shows us that we have what it takes to overcome the largest of obstacles. He is the Emperor because he holds authority. A  father figure. A leader. He is abundant with confidence and wisdom, and represents the hidden power that is within each one of us. Power that must be drawn upon while we take this journey to self-discovery.

The Emperor is the fifth card of the tarot deck and it's numerological value is four. Four is the number of stability. It represents a deep desire for success and a determination to do anything in your power to make it happen. This is a number of setting foundations and starting the process of manifestation. This is the ultimate number of growth.



Upright Keywords

  • Worldly wealth, power, strength, confidence, authority, father figure, structure


Upright Meanings

The Emperor is a card of control and not letting anything get in the way of your goals. He is determined to get the job done and will do anything for that to happen. He is a natural leader. By embracing the Emperors attitude, success may soon come your way. Use your will-power and confidence to help you strive and achieve your goals and ambitions. In doing this, you will open yourself up to so much abundance.

The Emperor is also a card of authority over many people and can indicate a strong person who can be very competitive. This competitive nature can sometimes come off as a little forceful. If this sounds like you, The Emperor earns you not to overdo it. Don’t abuse your authority because it will more than likely blow up in your face. You have a lot of power, but as soon as you take it for granted, you could easily lose it.

He can also suggest that there may be  some important decisions to make in the near future. When making these decisions, listen to your head and not your heart. Connect with your intuition and allow it to guide your way. These decisions need to be made from a place of logic and not emotion. Maintain focus and concentration on the task at hand and be confident that you have made the right decision before giving your final answer. Do what you know is best. If you can master yourself then you can master anything that comes your way.



Reversed Keywords

  • Weakness, immaturity, obsession, domination, excessive control, inflexibility


Reversed Meanings

When The Emperor is in a reversed position, it can imply that you are currently being led by your emotions and it’s starting to affect your decision making and judgement. Do you feel as if you’re losing control of your life?  Have you stopped taking action, and instead, are now letting life pass you by with the hope that everything will sort itself out magically without your input? Take back control of your life! If you don’t start taking action now, you may lose out on a lot of things and your life will spiral completely out of control. Sort yourself out and take your life back.

If you act as an authority figure to those around you, you may be over-using your power. If you don’t stop soon, your abuse of power could jeopardise your reputation and end very badly for you. On the other hand, this card could suggest that this abuse of power could be coming from an authoritive figure in your life. If this is the case, take a step back from this figure. Don’t let them affect your emotions or life. More than likely, this person’s dominating character comes from an insecurity deep down and has nothing to do with you.


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