The Emperor: Tarot Card Meaning and Description

The Emperor: Tarot Card Meaning and Description

Arcana name: Emperor, Master
Category: Major Arcana
Direct position: Superiority of reason, leadership, ambition, authority
Reversed position: Weakness, emotional immaturity, rebelliousness, addiction

Emperor: General meaning

The Emperor: Tarot Card

Direct position

The card in this position falls out to people who are practical, purposeful and reliable. They are distinguished by perseverance, sound rationalism, the ability to bring things to the end, to defend their point of view and interests. These are born leaders.

The emperor also says that the proposed work must be done right now, without delay, and all problems must also be resolved without delay. The emperor suggests that discipline, responsibility and rationality in decisions will help in this.

The card also hints at the need for decisive action to protect one’s interests, but these actions must comply with the requirements of law and morality and not contradict the dictates of conscience.

If the Emperor falls to a woman, this may indicate that she has a strong male patron, or that she is under the strong (positive) influence of an older man.

Arkan often hints at the need for certain efforts (including quite significant ones) to create and maintain a position that a person considers worthy of himself.

Reversed position

The reversed Emperor turns strengths into weaknesses, pushing them to the extreme. Practicality turns into mundane materialism and greed, while healthy rationality turns into meticulous attention to minor details. Often, a card in this position falls out to people who have a hypertrophied thirst for power, real, as well as alleged tyrants and despots.

The inverted Emperor can also mean an immoral person, and one who knows about his shortcomings, but fundamentally does not want to fight them.

Arkan can warn of a general stagnation in business and personal development, moreover, as a result of a conscious refusal to grow.

Emperor: Meaning in love and relationships

Direct position

In this regard, the Emperor points to the possibility of long-term, lasting, stable relationships based not so much on romantic love as on friendly disposition and mutual respect.

This card is also evidence of the household stability of the family, material stability. The emperor is a sign of the formation of an alliance in which a woman receives the attention and care she deserves from a man, where her opinion is considered.

The appearance of the Emperor may indicate that it is time to prepare for the wedding - existing relationships are conducive to this. It also falls to happy married couples who have already lived for many years in marriage, and their relationship has proven its strength.

Reversed position

The inverted Emperor falls out to couples who have entered into a marriage or relationship solely of convenience, not only without love, but also without a hint of sympathy. Also, the appearance of this card may mean that the union has exhausted itself, turning into a matter of habit. In many cases, the card may indicate the imminent collapse of the union.

Often the Emperor in this position says that in a couple one partner seeks to establish (or has already established) complete dominance over the other. At the same time, the other is aware of his dependence and is frankly afraid of the domestic tyrant.

The inverted Emperor in the layout of a woman can talk about that. That she is constantly criticized and chided for supposedly improper housekeeping.

Emperor: Significance in the situation and the question

Direct position

Much depends on what kind of situation is being considered. So, if we are talking about an official position, the Emperor predicts promotion, to which discipline and diligence will lead.

If the question was asked about the state of health, then the answer of the card is that there is nothing to fear. Nothing threatens a person if he is healthy now, and if he is sick, the disease will be quickly and completely cured.

In general, in any situation, the Emperor is in a direct position - the advice is to carefully think over and plan your actions, always imagine your next step and not put off decisions, making them carefully, but quickly.

Reversed position

The reversed Emperor indicates an attempt to solve the problem by unlawful means (illegal or immoral). He can also talk about the fact that problems are caused by irresponsibility, lack of discipline, unwillingness to cooperate with other people.

In some cases, the card indicates that the intended business has no prospects. It may also be that it indicates the presence of someone’s control over the will of the questioner, or external circumstances that do not depend on him and which he is unable to cope with. In any case, the situation will develop unfavorably.

Arkan can warn of some external threat - a dangerous situation, a possible illness, injury, increased risk.

Often the inverted Emperor says that there is no desire to resolve the problem in a reasonable way, to look for a way out of the situation. It is evidence that a person left his problem to chance, withdrew from its solution.

Emperor: Meaning of the card of the day

As a card of the day, the Emperor is a good omen. His appearance suggests that a person on this day will succeed in everything he undertakes, his strength, energy and determination will be enough for everything. If he has any difficult business or problem, the solution of which has been postponed for a long time, it is necessary to take on this. It is necessary to act decisively, but carefully and thoroughly.

If there is no specific problem, the Emperor advises to simply try to take advantage of the situations and redo more routine cases.

Emperor: Advice card

The Emperor: Tarot Card

The card recommends that those who are confident that they are right should not be shy to defend their point of view. This is necessary and correct. You should go towards the goal without being afraid of possible obstacles, acting consistently and persistently.

The emperor recommends thinking twice before lending or lending yourself (and this is not only about money matters, but about debt in the moral sense), and also always remember the relationship between ends and means. We must not forget that the plans of an individual person are not yet the law of the universe.

Emperor: Combination with other cards

Major Arcana Wands cups swords Pentacles
Loss of status
Ace of Wands
Business expansion
Ace of Cups
Ace of swords
Ace of Pentacles
Demonstrating your leadership qualities
King of Wands
Job change
King of Cups
creative energy
King of swords
Enduring Authority
King of Pentacles
Passionate fan
Queen of Wands
Queen of Cups
Successful conclusion of the contract
queen of swords
Lack of stability
Queen of Pentacles
Successful reforms
Knight of Wands
Knight of Cups
Wait for the guests
Knight of Swords
Lies, fraud
Knight of Pentacles
rich fan
You are led by a woman
Page of Wands
good news
Page of Cups
Off Course
Page of swords
Success at work
Page of Pentacles
Goal Achievement
Compliance with the established framework
Two of Wands
Two of Cups
Getting a big inheritance
Two of Swords
The emergence of competitors
Two of Pentacles
Fighting the Circumstances
clear rules
Three of Wands
Three of Cups
Achieving what you want
Three of Swords
you are responsible for your actions
Three of Pentacles
money problems
You are a hostage of circumstances
Four of Wands
Buying a property
Four of Cups
Fanaticism, obsession
Four of Swords
Four of Pentacles
Five of Wands
Aggression, controversy
Five of Cups
Receiving a gift
Five of Swords
Mentor’s death
Five of Pentacles
Status restoration
Six of Wands
Career advancement
Six of Cups
Getting news
Six of Swords
Six of Pentacles
Making the Right Decision
Seven of Wands
Challenge, fight with an authority figure
Seven of Cups
close union
Seven of Swords
Help from a more experienced person
Seven of Pentacles
Eight of Wands
Conclusion of an agreement
Eight of Cups
News of a missing relative
Eight of Swords
Ruthless Judgment
Eight of Pentacles
Rigidity slows down the process
Nine of Wands
Take care of your property
Nine of Cups
Learn to save
Nine of Swords
Take care of your reputation
Nine of Pentacles
Appearance of a patron
See things in a new way
Ten of Wands
Difficulties at work
Ten of Cups
Help from a VIP
Ten of Swords
Rebirth, return to life
Ten of Pentacles
Conservatism will play into your hands
illusory order
Change of activity
Receiving a profit
Lack of self-esteem
Success in business, strong family
Expanding business