The Emperor

Written by Jacob. Published on December 17th, 2014 at 19:30.

The Emperor Thoth Tarot

The Emperor Imagery

The Emperor is seated, leg crossed and arms in, as if to suggest the glyph of Sulfur. He is shadowed by rams, the symbol of Aries. The lamb beneath him holds a flag, denoting the effects of government on the personality of the Emperor. The shield bears the red eagle.

The Emperor Associations

  • Tree of Life Path: #28—Netzach to Yesod
  • Zodiacal Trump: Aries
  • Hebrew Letter: Tzaddi (“Fish hook”)

Path #28: Netzach to Yesod

A path connecting Netzach “the artist” to Yesod “the sorceress”. Netzach is victory, heart, and spontaneity, where Yesod is the astral projection of the Earth or the individual. This is connecting desire and materiality to powers of intuition and passivity. I see how this could correlate to the Emperor’s ill-temper and gravitation towards conflicts guided by a hidden intuition.

The Emperor Interpretations

The Emperor is the archetypal father to The Fool and carries the personality of discipline (control) and power (enthusiasm). The rams who correlate to Aries, respond to the ferocity The Emperor can display when he is unbridled. The lamb is consequence of the ram after being tempered by government—a role which The Emperor inevitably fills. He is ruler to the nation and leader to the people. Much responsibility falls on his shoulders as he is a major facet of sustaining order.

When The Emperor appears there is the act of leadership, taking a role of responsibility, working from motivation or motivating others. The Emperor is creative and assertive. When ill-dignified he can be hot-headed and corrupted by power.

Additional Interpretations

“War, conquest, victory, strife, ambition, originality, over-weening confidence and megalomania, quarrelsomeness, energy, vigour, stubbornness, impracticability, rashness, ill-temper.” 6

“War. Conquest. Victory. Strife. Stability. Power. Originality. Government. Energy. Ambition. Ill-dignified: Overweening pride. Megalomania. Rashness. Ill-temper.” 5

“This card means Government by means of two contrasting symbols. These are the Ram, which, when wild, is solitary and courageous, and the Lamb, which is docile and cowardly, and is, in fact, the Ram tamed by authority. The posture typifies the Alchemical Sulphur, the fiery element of the universe. The Red Eagle represents the Red Tincture of the Alchemists, which is of the nature of gold.” 5

“Aries. Tzaddi. Again he is seated according to tradition. His legs form a right angle, typifying rue through unyielding law and order. The goats behind him show he is governed by Aries, creative dominating force. The bees on his costume ma have originated from French tradition, but more probably they typify the bees of the Secret Doctrines in the Indian Upanishads. The heraldic red eagle is the fiery sulphur of Alchemy. The lamb is, possibly, a reminiscence of the Knights Templar.” 5

Axank’s Dream Recall

November 11-10, 2014
There was a shed, more like a roof sitting on dirt, but big spacious and new. There were blocks of material arranged, and I was receiving or giving orders to re-arrange the blocks and transport them to the outside rural area.

I believe this relates to the Emperor’s ability to execute strategy, or to organize into a productive sequence.