View Card Decks
Easy Tarot Lessons
Sometimes displayed as IV The Emperor, is one of
the 78 cards in a Tarot deck that make up the Major Arcana
or Trump Cards. It is also the fourth Trump of the 22 Trump cards in most
2 The High
5 The Hierophant
6 The Lovers
7 The Chariot
9 The Hermit
10 The Wheel of
12 The Hanged Man
13 The Death Card
15 The Devil
16 The Tower
17 The Star
18 The Moon
19 The Sun
21 The World
Ace of Cups
Ace of Wands
Ace of Pentacles
Ace of Swords
Emperor Meaning of the Symbols.
The Emperor in tarot symbolizes controlled order and
power, he is the authoritative father figure, husband. He tells us to
go by the traditional rules of society and accept humility. The 2 rams
heads denote Aries and symbolize our personal desires and the ability
to pursue them, the Emperor holds an ankh which symbolizes his power
over life and death.
He can give give you the power to lead and
succeed but remember, not all powers are good powers and not all laws
are good laws.
Staff: In this rendition, the cross is at the top of his staff. This is a symbol
of balance, and each arm of the cross represents balance amongst the four
directions, four winds, and/or the four elements. As a ruler, it is imperative
to understand the interconnectedness of things, and to be able to balance the
elements of nature appropriately. Other decks depict the Egyptian ank upon the
Emperor's staff - this is a symbol of balance and life.
The globus cruciger (Latin, "cross-bearing orb") is an orb (lat. globus) topped
(lat. gerere = to wear) with a cross (lat. crux), a Christian symbol of
authority used throughout the Middle Ages and even today on coins, iconography
and royal regalia. It symbolises Christ's (the cross) dominion over the world
(the orb), literally held in the dominion of an earthly ruler (or sometimes
celestial being such as an angel). When held by Christ himself, the subject is
known in the iconography of Western art as Salvator Mundi ("Saviour of the
World"). It is associated with the sceptre.
In Tarot symbolism, the Emperor
Tarot card depicts the male archetype or father figure. He is a card of strength
and vigor. His imagery is imbued with masculine elements such as the horned ram,
armor, and scepter. In tarot reading, the Emperor represents control over ones
surroundings and the ability to utilize one’s rational thinking process. He is
our inner masculinity, animus and the parts or our selves that are ruled by the
Traditionally, the Emperor’s Tarot card meanings refer to leadership, authority
and order. He often represents the structure in our own lives and can represent
the need to find the power within oneself. He is an archetype of self-confidence
and represents mastery and dominion over the world he rules. He prefers to
utilize his intellect and rational processes and tends to discard the realm of
emotions. He is organized, objective, and rational. He has created his world
through restraint and self-will. In tarot reading, he can represent a male
authority figure or father figure.
Tarot Symbolism of Four
The Emperor Tarot card is associated to the number four. Four is the number of
structure and strong foundations. Four also refers to the power of manifestation
and realization. In this regard, the Emperor Tarot card can refer to
accomplishment and vision. In a Tarot card reading, The Emperor is a symbol of
authority over the tangible, physical plane of existence. He has the power to
make things happen. His association to the number four symbolically refers to
his ability to organize and structure the world around him
Tarot Symbolism of the Rams
In traditional Tarot decks, the Emperor is depicted with a Ram or Rams heads.
Usually, its imagery is associated to the throne on which the Emperor sits. The
Rams head is a symbol for Aries, the first sign of the zodiac. Aries, who is
often considered the leader of the zodiac, rules the head. Thus, he is a sign of
intellectual thinking. Aries is energetic, powerful, and aggressive. He fully
engages himself in life and prefers to face things head on. The Aries character
is forceful and determined. His greatest vulnerability, however, is rigidity and
insensitivity to others. In tarot reading, the Emperor can be harsh and
critical. He can represent the overbearing father or mate that dominates his
Tarot Symbolism of Armor
Underneath the Emperor’s garments is a full suit of armor. The Armor
symbolically represents the Emperor’s ability to get into action and defend all
that he holds dear. His armor also refers to his association to Aries. Like
Aries, the Emperor is a warrior and will rise to any challenge that comes his
way. In tarot reading, the Emperor’s armor is also a sign of his nobility and
status. It’s a symbol that sets him apart from the common man.
Tarot Symbolism of the Scepter and Orb
In one hand the Emperor holds a scepter and in the other an orb. The Emperor’s
scepter is a symbol of his authority and dominion. The orb is a symbol of the
world he dominates. The scepter is masculine and the orb feminine. The Emperor
holds these contrasting elements. Symbolically this refers to the Emperor’s
ability to balance all things.
The Emperor Correspondences and Associations.
Law. Power. Counsel. Control. Wisdom.
Confidence. Logic. Order. Aggression.
The Emperors Meaning.
You may need guidance
from a strong person, one who can spur you into taking the positive
action needed to achieve your goals and desires.
The Emperor Reversed.
Immaturity, weakness, a
bully who is unable to
control their emotions. Loss of perspective.
Active, Demanding, Determined, Effective, Ambitious
The Sun is in Aries between about 21st March to 19th April.
If you were born with the Sun in Aries, you set out with a brave heart,
and want it all to happen right now. No beating about the bush! The world
is your oyster, and no-one, but no-one, is going to mess with you! You can
organise, and lead, and in love you're a real romantic. "Actions speak
louder than words" could be your motto.
If Aries is your Rising Sign, when you step outside, you want to get going
and make a start on the day's projects. You'll act first and think
afterwards, and people will walk on eggshells to avoid a fiery outburst if
you're annoyed, but they'll know that all will be smiles as soon as you've
cooled down. They'll be glad to have an Aries Ascendant in charge.
17Tiwaz: (T: Tyr, the sky god.) Honor, justice, leadership and authority.
Analysis, rationality. Knowing where one's true strengths lie. Willingness
to self-sacrifice. Victory and success in any competition or in legal
matters. Tiwaz Reversed or Merkstave: One's energy and creative flow are
blocked. Mental paralysis, over-analysis, over-sacrifice, injustice,
imbalance. Strife, war, conflict, failure in competition. Dwindling
passion, difficulties in communication, and possibly separation.
17. Tiwaz: This is the Rune of faith, truth, trust, loyalty and devotion,
summed up by the old word “troth.” You can expect justice, especially if
you base your actions on well thought out plans. The path to enlightenment
may lead through self-sacrifice. If you have dark corners, clean them out
now. If you need help to cleanse the corners, seek an expert. Only then
can the harvest ripen. If you evidence “troth,” you can expect it in
return. This Rune may signify a scientist, philosopher or scholar.
MORE VERSIONS OF
TAROT CARD 4 THE EMPEROR
CLICK THE ARROW TO THE RIGHT
MORE TAROT NO.4
Back to Top