The Emperor Tarot Card Meanings and 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, prepared to take responsibility and with strong reasoning ability. 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 both emotional and financial stability to matters, depending upon context. 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 also represent a father figure or powerful male influence, one considered at the top of the tree; a ruler or an alpha male.
If reversed, or badly aspected, it may signify a bullying type, conversely it may also point to a sense of lost masculinity, loss of power, lack of strength, failed leadership, inability to realize goals, instability, or problems with father or authority figures.
The Emperor Tarot Card Combinations:
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.
Ten of Cups > Ten of Pentacles > The Emperor: Stability for home and family but may also indicate a strong father figure.
The Emperor > Ace of Swords > Nine of Pentacles: Bringing home the bacon. Engaging a strong stance and taking care of business brings abundant rewards.
Seven of Swords > The Emperor: Tiptoeing around the boss and being ultra careful how you deal with the situation, will need your wits about you.
Four of Pentacles > The Emperor: Taking a cautious approach with authority figures - and...
Four of Pentacles > The Emperor >The World: Working hard towards achieving your worldly ambitions.
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