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4. The Emperor


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 traditional decks.




 0 The Fool

 1 The Magician

 2 The High Priestess

 3 The Empress

 4 The Emperor

 5 The Hierophant

 6 The Lovers

 7 The Chariot

 8 Strength

 9 The Hermit

10 The Wheel of Fortune

11 Justice

12 The Hanged Man

13 The Death Card

14 Temperance

15 The Devil

16 The Tower

17 The Star

18 The Moon

19 The Sun

20 Judgement

21 The World

Ace of Cups

Ace of Wands

Ace  of Pentacles

Ace of Swords





The Emperor Meaning of the Symbols.


The Emperor tarot card

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 mind.

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 significant others.
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.


Defining Keywords
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.




















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