The Emperor and Death
Tarot Birth Card Meanings

Written and illustrated by Grace Duong

Your Tarot birth cards reveal maps to your soul and your cosmic blueprint. Based on your birth date, these cards carry messages that can give you greater self-awareness to rise to your full potential and to face challenges with your special gifts.

Tarot birth cards are created from the numbers in your birthday and are drawn from the Major Arcana cards. These cards reveal the overarching themes of your life and the potential to fulfill your purpose. They can also point to your strengths and weaknesses, guiding you during times of opportunities and challenges. Like your astrological signs, tarot birth cards are constant, and its themes can apply to your entire lifetime.

The Emperor and Death represent themes of claiming your power, utilizing life force, and building a legacy. If this pairing is your Tarot birth cards, these themes will be available for you to learn, grown, and expand upon throughout your entire lifetime!

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How to Interpret The Emperor and Death

The Emperor is a ruler and natural authority figure. Embodying structure and stability is a gift that you have, often playing the role of provider for others. Because of this, you are a natural protector and people look to you for leadership. The Emperor is often known as the father of the deck, known as a secure and safe presence in its most positive light. Using long term strategy, you’re able to build a lasting legacy that will live beyond your time.

Death is an ending of a life cycle and can represent rebirth, often indicating aspects of ourselves that need to die in order for new life to be born. With clearing out the old, you are making space for the new. Death is a cycle of change that you can’t avoid as death comes for everyone. Death can strike fear, but it is also about understanding the limited time and energy you have in this lifetime. There is no life without death.

Together, The Emperor and Death Tarot birth cards invite you to step into your power, providing support for others, and being able to rely on your own authority.

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The Emperor Upright Keywords
Authority, Ambition, Power

Death Upright Keywords
Change, Ending, Rebirth

Blessings
Authority, Determination, Dependability

Blockages
Dictatorial, Inflexibility, Fear of Uncertainty

Minor Arcana: Four’s (4’s)
Four of Cups
Four of Pentacles
Four of Swords
Four of Wands

Blessings of The Emperor and Death Tarot Birth Cards

Like the Tarot, duality is present within the cards. Each Tarot birth cards pairing bestows blessings and presents potential blockages. First, let’s go over the blessings:

1. Authority

With the influence of the Emperor card, you are naturally responsible and carry the weight of your obligations dutifully. You demand respect and have a powerful presence in any room you walk in. Because of this ability to carry out your responsibilities, people give you respect and trust. With this power, you are able to delegate effectively, make decisions, and enforce rules when necessary. 

2. Determination

When you set your mind on your goals, you can approach it with laser-like focus and be an unstoppable force! With the natural authority of the Emperor and the enigmatic life force of Death, you can bring passion and zest into whatever you do. As much as you like to use your rational mind to accomplish your goals, the energy of how you feel matters too as it can affect the level of output you’re about to produce. Understanding your energy levels to match your determination is key to play the long game.

3. Dependability

With the influence of the Emperor, there is a fatherhood energy of protection, security, and safety. You are at your best when people are able to rely on you to help meet their needs. This means you’ll have to feel safe within yourself to provide that security for others. As independent as you tend to be, being able to provide for others can feel like part of your purpose. There is fulfillment in being able to give — just make sure you’re able to receive the fruits of your labor as well!

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Blockages of The Emperor and Death Tarot Birth Cards

With blessings also comes blockages that can present itself on your journey. Here’s some potential challenges to look out for:

1. Dictatorial

With the Emperor, you’re granted power, however power comes with responsibility. Sometimes power can be intoxicating with the ability to give orders and have people at your command. If you become too overbearing and commanding with your demands, this can be something you can reel back in. Embrace humility that with this authority, you are also looking out for the wellbeing of those in your care, not just for your own personal gain. 

2. Inflexibility

When you have a clear vision, you can become rigid in your beliefs that your way is the best way, dismissing anyone else’s opinions. This dampens collective contributions if only your opinion matters. You can learn to become more flexible, especially when things do not go to plan. Examine your high standards and if your expectations are reasonable. Uphold your strong beliefs in a way that inspires, not controls. 

3. Fear of uncertainty

The influence of the Death card can bring sudden and unexpected endings in your life. The fear of the unknown can put you on edge and have you constantly trying to control your surroundings. Part of working with the unknown is to accept the concept of Death and to make the most of the moment infront of you. This could spark your desire to create a long lasting legacy that will live beyond your time.

Guidance for The Emperor and Death Tarot Birth Cards

The Emperor and Death give you power and authority, however you must learn to use this responsibly and hold yourself accountable. In the face of change and uncertainty, know when it is the right time to let go and when to hold on. You may have a tendency to hold on to things that are no longer serving you for the sake of security. With the seriousness of this Tarot birth card pairing, it can also be easy to forget to have fun! Priotizing play can be healing and help you release the pressure of being in charge.

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