The Emperor Tarot Card Meaning

Learning About The Major Arcana

The Emperor Upright Draw Keywords





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The Emperor Upright Draw Meaning

As the counterpart to The Empress, The Emperor, is a symbol of the world of man. He’s the embodiment of structure, society, and works to balance pure instinct with rationality. That is why he sits atop a mountain with a stern look on his face–for he is the masculine patriarch. The care he gives towards others is not of warmth but of ambition and motivation for triumph. When things are going well in his jurisdiction, The Emperor is a dynamic leader, full of zeal and constructive criticism.

The Emperor is a presence of great power and conviction. Whatever you have set out to create, whether its an empire or to simply fulfill a promise, you’re well on your way to completing that aspiration. You will find an inner strength that not only bolsters you but those around you. Explore a leadership role or see what an additional level of discipline will bring to the table. This is a Tarot card that wants you to use every resource you have in the best way possible. To think about long-term plans and goals and not necessarily show all the cards in your hand.

The Emperor In Love and Relationships

In love and relationships, The Emperor is not one to get carried away with his emotions. He emanates virility but he’s also a sign of guidance. The Emperor signals a need to be more proactive in your search for those who are single. Yet, in current relationships, The Emperor is a sign of stability. You will find consistency in relationships that may have previously seemed slightly strained. Be a solid influence, and the situation will improve.

The Emperor In Career And Finances

For readings on occupation and finances, The Emperor is one of the best cards to draw. With his meaning in mind, you can be assured that any business ventures are going to come out well and promote industriousness in either you or your subordinates. Work towards long-term business relationships rather than turning down dealings. The Emperor also speaks of a strong financial gain either with stocks, the real estate market, or by receiving a raise. Consistency, plans, and work need to go hand-in-hand with all of this favorable energy.

The Emperor may appear austere and steady, unable to feel doubt, but beneath the armored exterior, he’s a protective father figure who seeks to provide stability for all those in his sphere. Take his appearance as inspiration for your life, and don’t veer away from a leadership position.

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The Emperor Reverse Draw Keywords

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The Emperor Reverse Draw Meaning

When The Emperor is reversed in reading things get chaotic or oppressive very quickly. The Emperor is a leader and any leader who looks inward instead of facing his authoritative position is a portentous omen for all involved. This is when that energy can lead to The Emperor unknowingly becoming a tyrant, and in moments of high stake deliberations, he will lose his cool. Take a moment to consider how you have been treating those around you. Have they called you arrogant or high strung? Have you been frenetically taking on too much responsibility and find yourself drowning in it? Should you be unwisely spending your energy or throwing your weight around, a loss of power may be on the horizon. Furthermore, The Emperor reversed speaks of poor finances.

The Emperor Reverse Draw Love and Relationships

The Emperor in reverse may be a sign that there is an imbalance in a relationship. The Emperor is rigid, dominant, and rules by fear. This could be pointing to a specific person, or that there are some issues that need to be dealt with because there is no ease and flow that allows a healthy relationship to thrive.

The Emperor Reverse Draw Career and Finances

The Emperor reversed speaks of poor finances. Perhaps you have your head in the sand about money. Do you have a budget? Are your finances up to date? It’s time to look at your relationship with money and clean it up.

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Understanding the Rider Waite Imagery For The Emperor

Where The Empress sits outside, surrounded by greenery, and is open to the world, we find The Emperor sits upon a stone throne. The expression on his face is not one of pleasure, despite having the splendors of a mountaintop panorama opening up all around him. Drawing the Emperor, the fourth card of the major arcana, places you upon that throne–but what will you do with all that responsibility?

The Muse of Tarot For The Emperor

Tarot Muses are the divine creative source personified. They are invoked to provide support and space for your readings and lend their special gifts in realm of Tarot magic.

Epiphany - The Muse of Problem-Solving Tarot Readings

Epiphany and the Emperor are calling you out to get your house in order. It’s time to put in healthy boundaries, routines, and structures.

About The Major Arcana

The Major Arcana consists of the 22 cards that embody universal aspects of the human experience through symbology and archetypes. They are representations of our collective consciousness, those consistent, directing patterns of influence that are an inherent part of human nature. Each Major Arcana card is given a number, a place in a specific well-thought-out order, and a title which links the card to its meaning and deeper lesson.


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