The Emperor Tarot Card Meanings & Combinations
IV The Emperor Correspondences:
Keywords & Phrases:
Leadership. Ambition. Authority. Stability.
Emperor Tarot Card Meanings:
The Emperor in the Tarot represents those qualities traditionally associated with the male archetype. When this card appears in your Tarot reading it may signal the need for you to adopt similar qualities.
The Emperor rules his domain with leadership and authority and will rise to the challenge with strong reasoning to do what needs to be done. It may signal the need to step into his shoes to take control of a situation from a strong position, setting aside emotion in favour of calm rationale.
There are times in life when we need to assume a strong role to see us through, dealing with facts and logic rather than allowing emotions to get the upper hand. The Emperor is not the hearts and flowers type of guy, think more along the lines of the mythic warrior king, leading his people from the front with conviction; a strong protector striving to bring order and stability. This card is associated with Aries, which is ruled by Mars.
The Emperor is an excellent card for matters connected to work and business and can bring emotional and financial stability. In relationship readings it may not be the time for wearing your heart on your sleeve but dealing with things in a non-emotional way.
It may represent a powerful male influence, or the father or father figure. I generally prefer to view the Court cards as people, rather than the majors, but sometimes it may represent a man of powerful force, usually an individual rather than organisation, but one considered at the top of the tree; the ruler, an alpha male.
If reversed, or badly aspected, it may signify a bully or something of a tyrant, conversely it may also point to a sense of lost masculinity, loss of power, lack of strength, failed leadership, inability to realize goals, instability, weak character, or problems with father or authority figures.
Similar or supporting cards: Justice (logic and reason) Hierophant (conformity and structure) Ace of Swords (force of strength and power)
Opposing or contradictory cards: The Emperor is the male yang to The Empress female yin, where the opposite forces of duality complement one another.
The Emperor Tarot Card Combinations:
> Hierophant > Justice: These three together (in any combination) indicate a situation dealing with higher authorities, government, law of the land, etc.
> The Empress: (Mars and Venus) Parents; sometimes a strong influential couple.
> Six of Pentacles > Two of Wands: Angel investor, or possible silent partner (may also be shown by a King of Queen instead of Emperor)
Six of Wands > Emperor: promotion to a senior position.
Seven of Wands > The Emperor: may suggest coming up against authority, but could also strengthen your position (depending upon context) whereas, The Emperor > Seven of Wands: more aligned to asserting your position and adds clout.
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