The Emperor tarot card portrays a father figure. The rams on his throne represent the astrology sign Aries, spring, and new beginnings. The ankh he holds is an Egyptian symbol that represents life. The orb he holds represents the world. The red on the card presents power and passion. He is wearing a suit of armor indicating safety. His beard shows he is a wise old man.
Behind his throne looms a tall, impenetrable mountain range, signifying that he is backed by a solid foundation but resistant to making any changes unless he deems it necessary. Beneath the peaks flows a small river, giving some hope that despite his tough exterior, he is still an emotional being – it will just take a lot of digging and trust to open him up to his softer side. Below you can find the Emperor tarot card meanings for upright and reverse.
Ruling Planet: Mars
The Emperor Upright
- Master thinker
- Father figure
- New Beginnings
The Emperor Reversed
- Lack of progress
- Issues with authority
- Lack of control
- Needing structure
- Let go of control
- Create more structure
- Loosen your grip
- Don’t be tough on yourself
Questions when pulling the Emperor tarot card:
- Are you stepping to your own power?
- Do you see a new beginning in your life?
- Is there something you need to let go of?
- Are you being hard on yourself?
- Can you see the progress you have made?
- Do you need to put more structure in your life?
- Do you feel safe? If not what can you do today to create a sense of security in your life?
The Tarot card meanings are based on the Rider Waite tarot deck.
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