The Emperor - Tarot Card Meaning

Upright: Authority, Ambition, Power

Reversed: Tyranny, Domination, Headstrong

Planet: Aries


Upright Meaning

The Emperor rules with the utmost authority and is the father figure of the tarot deck. He embodies structure and stability, complete with decisive action to easily manifest ideas in the form of accomplishment and monetary gain. His guidance and wise words are based on his worldly experience, and he’s got the battle scars to prove it! He reflects your ambitious side, where you seek status, success, and recognition. Maintaining your self discipline, controlling your emotions, and making levelheaded decisions will move you forward. The Emperor is a strategic thinker and urges you to carry out plans systematically and in a controlled manner. Embrace your inner warrior. Don’t be afraid to step into a role of leadership—you’re straight up slaying the game and nothing can stop you!

Reversed Meaning

There is a domineering force in your life, whether it’s coming from you, your boss, or a father figure. Dealing with authority has left you feeling powerless under their controlling presence. Either you bend to the rules or you decide to stand up for yourself against this authoritative entity. This is a time where you feel inspired to start your own venture. Freeing yourself from the routine of corporate life and rigid bosses will allow you to become your own Emperor so that you can carve your own path. You have a low-key disdain for authority, but there may very well be a need for structure in your life. Creating your own structure with day-to-day activities can provide flexibility as it allows you to spend less time on organization and more time on creating the life you want to live.

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