The Emperor (Tarot Card Meaning): major arcana card 4

Card NameThe Emperor
Card Number4
Arcana Major Arcana, the major stages or lessons of Life
Element  Fire
Numerology 4 associated with stability
Planet / Constellation Mars
Plant Atractyl
Places One country, one capital
A property , a fortress, the town hall
The mountain, the volcano
Stone / Crystal  Carnelian
Hebrew Letter: Heh
Sun Sign Aries, Scorpio
Affirmation A friend in power is a friend less.

The Emperor (Upright) Keywords:

  • Authority, power
  • Father figure, limits
  • Structure, roots

The Emperor (Reversed) Keywords:

  • Domination, control, abuse of power
  • Inflexibility, rigidity
  • Weakness, Ego problem


The Emperor: symbolism

The Emperor is the Male Principle, the Yang, the Patriarch. 

It symbolizes power and authority and its cold and closed attitude contrasts with the sensuality of its female counterpart The Empress . His long beard evokes his years of power and his wisdom. 

Firmly anchored on the throne, The Emperor reigns and dominates.

He is surrounded by all the attributes of power and strength: his scepter, the shape of which recalls the symbol of life among the Egyptians; a globe which symbolizes the world over which he rules; the heads of Aries, astrological sign of action and initiatives.


The Emperor: general description

The Emperor is the father figure of the Tarot. 

He ensures the safety and well-being of his family. Patriarch, he guides with wisdom and transmits his knowledge and experience to the youngest.

The Emperor also represents stability, rules, laws … which he also respects to the card.

Organized, methodical, the Emperor is an energy oriented towards success, the achievement of his objectives.

In a Draw, the Emperor’s Card can evoke a power game in the life of the Consultant, his difficulties in conforming to authority, whether parental or hierarchical.

A change of status to a position of “power” may be at work.

The Emperor is a good indicator in a Love Draw because he can presage a union, a marriage.


The Emperor Positive Personality Traits

  • Keep your feet on the ground
  • Atmosphere favorable to achievements
  • Knowing how to take responsibility

The Emperor Negative Personality Traits

  • Not wanting to understand
  • Instability
  • Immobility, material blockage


The Emperor (Upright) Meaning

The Emperor stands for Competitiveness, energy in development and execution.

The Emperor is card of authority, structure, governmental and corporate identities.

The Emperor indicates Worldly power, self control gained through experience. The Emperor shows the ability to shoulder responsibility.

The Emperor shows Powerful individuals combined with ambition to help secure the possibility of long term achievement.

The Emperor (Upright) Keywords:

  • Authority, power
  • Father figure, limits
  • Structure, roots
  • self discipline,
  • stability


The Emperor (Reversed) Meaning

In the reverse position, The Emperor indicates Loss or dislike of authority, corporate governmental or parental.

The Emperor reversed shows Immaturity, indecision, weakness. Manipulative friends or colleagues.

The Emperor (Reversed) Keywords:

  • Domination, control, abuse of power
  • Inflexibility, rigidity
  • Weakness, Ego problem
  • Dislike of authority,
  • indecision,
  • immaturity,
  • manipulative friends.


The Emperor in Love Tarot Reading

If you are looking for Love, then this is a positive sign. 

Someone who is able to engage in a strong and respectful relationship may soon be breaking into their life. It will then be enough to build the solid foundations of any relationship of love: trust, respect and commitment.

If you are going through difficulties in his relationship, the Emperor indicates that one or the other of the partners is stifling or (too) authoritarian in the relationship. Rebalancing forces is necessary to regain understanding and mutual respect.

The Emperor for Love (Positive meaning)

  • Strong and protective man
  • Healthy and lasting relationship
  • Control of feelings

The Emperor for Love (Negative meaning)

  • Lack of romance and warmth
  • Excessive possessiveness
  • Tendency to violence


The Emperor in Career Tarot Reading

In a tarot card spread concerning work, the Emperor often symbolizes a manager, a person of authority or a guardian who has the power of decision. If you are appreciated by this person, then this is a very positive sign for your career.

More generally, the Emperor symbolizes success at work. 

You could be offered a promotion, a new major project or the desired position. Your talent and skills are recognized; you have less tendency to withdraw at work and his ideas have more impact than before. 

Having said that, it took and still needs to be worked hard. The Emperor invites you to be very organized, to plan your work and actions well with a logical and rational approach.

The Emperor for Career (Positive meaning)

  • Production force, efficiency , skills
  • Realization and stabilization of projects
  • Professions of power and command

The Emperor for Career (Negative meaning)

  • Deregulated ambition
  • Underemployment


The Emperor in Finances Tarot Reading

When it comes to Money and Finances, The Emperor is a Card that calls for efficiency. You know what you have to do to get his your budget out of the red zone. But you still have to really get started and do it!

The Methodical and Practical Energy of the Emperor invites you to simply create a budget and stick to it no matter what: take note of all the inflows and outflows of money, spend as little as possible and repay the loans.

There is nothing creative here, but the process is effective. The Emperor does not come up with a quick fix for making money … but rather to be responsible with the money you earn and already have.

The Emperor for Finances (Positive meaning)

  • Secure income from work
  • Solvency, solid and stable situation, financial security
  • Business acumen, highly efficient management

The Emperor for Finances (Negative meaning)

  • Uncertain and irregular income
  • Believe in easy money
  • Lack of flexibility in business


The Emperor in Health Tarot Reading

  • The liver and gallbladder
  • Tendency to overweight and cholesterol
  • Vascular and brain problems
  • Angina pectoris, infarction


The Emperor in Spirituality Tarot Reading

The practical and daily aspects of life (work, health, money…) sometimes get the better of your spiritual connection to the Divine and the Universe. 

However, you have within you a vibrant and intense Spirituality, and this for a long time! You have a solid foundation and above all a desire to grow further spiritually. 

Don’t let the day-to-day take all of your attention and time. Do not forget your authentic Being and its deep desires.

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