The Emperor

Meaning: Structure, Stability, Rules and Power

The Emperor is the fifth Major Arcana card in the Tarot and he is confident, courageous, grounded and knows exactly who he is. While he enjoys the structure of a well laid plan and the stability of a strong will, the Emperor isn’t as boring and rigid as one might initially assume. The Emperor is a rebel at heart, one who may go against the grain of society and make his own rules to follow, rather than someonelse’s.

The Emperor is here to awaken your inner rebel and remind you that ultimately you do not have to follow anyone’s rules but your own! He has strong boundaries and a clear, rational mind. He knows what he wants in life and knows he can achieve it with clear intention and determination.

At times he may be stubborn and have difficulty seeing the big picture, or others viewpoints, feeling that his way is the right way. He sometimes forgets that true power does not come from forcing others to submit to his way of thinking. While The Emperor is the original maverick, a true pioneer and trailblazer, his major challenge is remaining powerful and true to himself while allowing others to be as they are.

When:

  • It is time for you to honor your rebellious spirit and channel your inner Emperor
  • You may be trying to impose your will on another
  • You are coming into your own power and developing a strong will

Inquiry:

  • Where in your life are you like The Emperor?
  • Do you truly allow others to be as they are? Or do you judge them and feel that they would be happier if they were more like you?
  • How can you feel more safe, powerful and comfortable in your own skin today?

Action:

  • Write down your deepest values and the impact that you want to have on your community (or the world!)
  • Practice allowing yourself to be who you are and others to be who they are, without worrying what others are doing or how they may react to you
  • Get organized! Develop a plan – get clear on your intention and write your goals down.

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6 Responses to The Emperor

  1. Freda Tarot says:

    Dear Kate (I saw your name on an above reply – you are the Daily Tarot Girl?)
    Thank you so much for this post. I really needed confirmation – or at least, peer support – for my contention that The Emperor is a rebel, activist, anarchist. The only other major arcana card that is like him is the Hierophant reversed. The Emperor can become a dictator in his zealousness if he’s not careful. He can end up being just as tyrannical and totalitarian as those he seeks to – or does – overthrow. Nevertheless, your post has given the Emperor back to me and for that I am grateful. I also love how you describe his major challenge, which is not easy for The Emperor, but necessary.

    • Kate says:

      Hi Freda!
      Yes, I am the Daily Tarot Girl (for some reason my website won’t let me change my username to that!)
      Anyhow, I am so glad that this interpretation of The Emperor really spoke to you – I was very much inspired by the Osho Zen Tarot deck and book in this regard – it helped me see the emperor in this new light 🙂

  2. Ingie says:

    Emperor is connected with Mars and is ruled by Aries. Aries is the first sign of the Zodiac and denotes leadership and initiative. Mars energizes all other planets in the zodiac. Mars governs the masculine element and is known as the warrior planet, it covers sexual powers, courage, energy, action, protectiveness, and valor. Mars also governs sharp instruments, fire and anything combustible, and if Mars is too energetic, emotional outbursts could erupt. If harmonious, Mars assists with endurance and determination. Mars is also connected the Tower.

    Love Ingie

  3. Pam says:

    Sun in Pisces asc in Leo moon in sag.How does astrology work with my tarot card as an emporer as a woman.

    • Kate says:

      Hi Pam, sorry I don’t know much about astrology. But I will leave your comment up and maybe someone who is an astrology/tarot expert can give you some insight.

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