The Emperor

Written by Jacob. Published on December 6th, 2011 at 01:40.

The Emperor Rider Waite Tarot

The Emperor Artwork Description

“He has a form of the ankh cross for his sceptre and a globe in his left hand. He is a crowned monarch — commanding and stately, seated on a throne, the arms of which are fronted by rams’ heads. He is executive and realisation, the power of this world, here clothed with the highest of its natural attributes. He is sometimes represented as seated on a cubic stone, which, however, confuses some of the issues. He is the virile power, to which the Empress responds, and in this sense it is he who seeks to remove the Veil of Isis; yet she remains virgo intacta.” 1

The Emperor Associations

  • Four: 4 Foundation, Facilitation.
  • Element: Fire.
  • Rune: Tiewaz “The God Týr”.
  • Crystal/Gem: Turquoise.
  • Kabbalah: Hey “window”.
  • Astrological: Aries.
  • Astronomical: Rigel.

The Emperor Basic Meaning

The “Father” card. Stability, power, authority. Responsibility, idealizer, visionary. A superior, employer, or boss. If the Querent, how do you manage your empire? What must be done to facilitate a whole kingdom to keep order and function flowing properly?

The Emperor Controversies and Observations

I often see this card in similarity to “Justice” in the fact that, when faced with obstacles, sometimes the best choice has the worst outcome. Some one who knows how to make the right decision for the right reason.

Counter-part to The Empress.

“He is occasionally represented as wearing, in addition to his personal insignia, the stars or ribbons of some order of chivalry. I mention this to show that the cards are a medley of old and new emblems. Those who insist upon the evidence of the one may deal, if they can, with the other. No effectual argument for the antiquity of a particular design can be drawn from the fact that it incorporates old material; but there is also none which can be based on sporadic novelties, which may signify only the unintelligent hand of an editor.” 1

Additional Interpretations

“Meaning: Stability, power, protection; a great person; aid, reason, conviction.

Reversed: Benevolence, compassion, credit; also confusion to enemies, obstruction, immaturity.” 1

“Leadership capabilities; business pursuits; male entrepreneurship; authority; CEOs, bosses; responsibility; fatherhood; power.” 2

“Basic Tarot Symbols: Throne, ram’s heads, orb and scepter. Sometimes an eagle.

Basic Tarot Meaning: The Emperor, as Aries, the Ram, naturally follows the Empress. On the one hand, he is Mars (the planet that rules Aries) to her Venus, her lover and compliment, father to her mother, civilization to her nature, imposed order to her artful creativity. He is the ‘All Father’ giving his children the structure they need in their lives to help them become responsible adults.

Aries is also, however, the first sign of the Zodiac, metaphorically the ‘infant.’ Like an infant he is filled with enthusiasm, energy, aggression. He is direct, guileless and all too often irresistible. Unfortunately, like a baby he can also be a tyrant: impatient, demanding, controlling.

In the worst of circumstances, the Emperor is a despot, imposing his will capriciously on his subjects. In the best of circumstances, he signifies an intelligent, enthusiastic leader that everyone wants to follow, the great monarch of an orderly, lawful, thriving Empire.

Thirteen’s Observations: The Emperor card is the “Who’s the boss?” card. It is an important question. The meaning of the card includes being in control over your environment, your body, your temper, your instincts, your love life. This card gives the querent permission to be aggressive, brave, bold and in command.

If the card doesn’t seem to indicate the querent, it could be emblematic of their father or a father figure who was, is or will be in their lives, a leader, employer, teacher or partner. This could be either type of father-figure, the demanding tyrant, hated and feared, or the charismatic leader, respected and admired.

The Emperor can also be a warning to the querent to think about whether their Empire has become an unwelcome chore. If it has, are they now a bad leader, demanding, unreasonable, unhappy? It might be time to abdicate the throne. If, however, what the querent is building has merely gotten to a point where it’s outgrown the nursery, then the advice is to switch from loving mother to structured, organized father. To set down laws, discipline and rules, to plan out the future and lead the way.” 3

Axank’s Dream Recollection

December 4-5, 2011
No dreams recalled…