The Emperor

Tarot Card Meanings

Keywords for the Emperor
Authority, order, structure, authority, your boss, leadership, your father, the establishment, promotion to a senior role, asserting yourself, ambition, law and order, taking a stand, firmness with others & yourself, rational thought, responsibility, stability, fairness.
The Emperor Reversed
An autocrat, control freak, a weak man, a cruel man, an underachiever, support withdrawn, laziness, abuse of power, lack of discipline, lawlessness, immaturity, no promotion.
The Emperor as People
Fathers, senior politicians, businessmen, senior partners, heads of family, heads of state, hoteliers, big business, CEO’s, financial controllers, department heads, the boss.

Correspondences for the Emperor

Key 4
Element Fire
Astrology Aries
Mar 21 – Apr 19
Numerology 4
related to 13, Death
Count 12 – Zodiacal Trump
Yes/No Yes

Timing Events with the Emperor

As shown in my Major Arcana Correspondence chart, the Emperor is associated with the zodiac sign of Aries and therefore represents March 21 – April 19. We can tighten this time frame if the following cards are also present in the reading because they also share the same time period as the Emperor but in ten day sections called decanates.

There are other factors we can look to when trying to determine timing with the Emperor. His character tells us when he has made a decision, his instructions are carried out immediately, or at least when he deems them appropriate. An emperor is like a king, when he moves, he moves.

As a fire card, we can assume that events will move quickly, as does fire.

Numerically, as a number four, we can use this to represent days, weeks, months and years. In numerology, twenty-two is the number of the master builder. Twenty-two reduces to four – the number of the emperor, so although he can move quickly, he moves decisively and with stability. Unlike the Empress where all conditions have to be conducive to success, the Emperor decides when that is and that is when he moves. Sometimes these events are out of our control, someone else, often in authority, are directing events.

The Emperor as a Daily Tarot Card

Today you could be Freddie Mercury on stage in front of 80,000 people.

As the Emperor, you are commanding, hypnotic and in control. You move with authority, confidence and an unquestioning belief in yourself and what you’re doing.

What you’re not, is domineering or cruel – there is no bad side to the energy of the Emperor today, only his good traits will come through.

His connection to the earth in the Shadowscapes Tarot shows how grounded he is and in touch with those more delicate around him.

On a practical level, you may have meetings with senior males, or those in higher authority than you. In the presence of such people, you must also tap into your own inner Emperor. Don’t be intimidated, they are only people after all.

And you, today, are Freddie Mercury.

See more of the gorgeous Shadowscapes Tarot in the Tarot Deck Gallery.
 

Posts Featuring the Emperor

See how numerology brought the Emperor into a reading where he was absent from the spread, and what difference his nature made to the advice given in the Daily Tarot Spread.

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