The Emperor Tarot Card Meaning

Discover what the emperor tarot card symbolizes based on its upright and reversed positions.

Learn what each tarot card means in our tarot card meanings list.


The Emperor General Meaning

The emperor makes a great emphasis on the prestige of leadership and control. His figure represents a stern and formidable ruler who thirst for influence, power and stability.

It symbolizes masculinity, authority and direction and gives an importance on achieving positive action by instilling the virtues of discipline and fortitude in one’s mindset. The rams surrounding his throne denote Aries as his zodiac sign while the scepter and the orb signify his authority to rule.

The long beard that can be found on his face embodies his extensive experience in leading his pack and the empty mountains found at his back depict his drive and determination to attain excellence and superiority in his actions.

The Emperor Upright Meaning

The paternal figure of the emperor gives life to authority, control and influence. When the card is turned upright, there is an opportunity to succeed when your actions are coupled with the right set of strategy and tactics.

Your job or position may entail taking care of something important and there will be a need to weigh and consider the options well. Just like the emperor, victory will surely be within your grasp if there is a proper application of wisdom and power.


Love Meaning - The Emperor Upright

In romantic contexts, the symbol of power, authority, and order necessarily translates to an orderly state of affairs. This means your specific relationship is founded on something sturdy such as true mutual love, an emphasis on making each other happy, and being strong emotional pillars for one another.

If you are single, you can be assured that a long-term relationship is coming your way. This person who will be coming into your life will share your principles and values, making your partnership a happy one.

This love that you will find will be founded on a mutual understanding of needs and wants. Respect for each other and personal boundaries is a central foundation that will make this relationship last long.

For those who already have a partner, to begin with, the Emperor is a sign that your relationship is bound to last long. Your trust and respect for one another will be reinforced as time goes on.

The commitment you both made is a further testament that you indeed are with the person you are meant to be with for the rest of your life. Your relationship is akin to fine wine- it gets better as it ages.

No matter the obstacles life may throw at you or your partner, you’re guaranteed the security of each other’s company, as well as all the guarantee that your collective labor will lead to a strong family unit. Your relationship is the envy of many-- robust, firm and united.


Wealth Meaning - The Emperor Upright

The most imperious card of all the Major Arcana represents a powerful combination of innovation and focus. In terms of career and wealth, this means that you’re not only a productive worker charismatic enough to assemble an entire team of equally competent people, but you also have a rare sense of focus that allows you to focus on objectives without making substantial deviations, making you a perfect fit for managerial, high-stakes roles.

You will find yourself accepting responsibilities that demand more from you. Nevertheless, you will be able to pull them off with finesse, earning your superiors’ attention.

  Additionally, you will also be given leadership positions. Regardless if you have experienced being a leader before or not, the Emperor’s hand will guide you in this endeavor.

Like a true ruler who shows concern for his subjects, you will lead your workmates with charisma and willingness to listen to their problems. They, in turn, will reciprocate the energy that you will be giving.

As you take on more challenging roles, your income will also see itself increasing. You can then use this opportunity to find ways to improve your work and leadership skills even further.

If you are looking for a sign to get yourself promoted, then now might be the right time to do so, as it also means expanding your income greatly. Your recent career developments will undoubtedly help bolster your resume.

With this, you will be able to find the confidence to say that you are genuinely ready to take your work to the next level.

The Emperor Reverse Meaning

When the card is reversed, the presence of the emperor may mean abuse of discretion or power. It portrays a man who is overly obsessed in controlling the lives or action of others, be it in work, personal life or love life.

It could be in the form of an abusive superior, a demanding father figure or a tightfisted partner.


Love Meaning - The Emperor Reversed

If all relationship requires power and power has the tendency to corrupt, then this card is one which you should really watch out for: it means that your relationship dynamic is built upon opposing values which naturally contradict each other. In fact, you might already be feeling a little bit of this yourself right now-- perhaps you or your partner are calling the shots way too often, or that you argue on a daily basis.

Your inner Emperor might prompt you to be bossier than usual so that you can have your way. This attitude can result in conflicts and an eventual rift between you and your significant other.

You need to understand that a relationship is between two equals. Being dominant has some merits, but you cannot have a partnership with a hierarchy of sorts.

You must find yourselves in agreement, or else it would further hurt your already injured bond. If you want your relationship to last long, it would be best to voice out first whatever it is that you want to your partner.

Then, the two of you must find a compromise that will make the two of you satisfied. Only when you find yourself in an agreement will your relationship find its way back to the peace that you both treasure.

It will also assure the two of you that you both have equal footing regardless of the situation. Truly, it is hard to overcome the impulses of power, but it may be the only solution for a relationship that could eventually fall apart.


Wealth Meaning - The Emperor Reversed

In the reverse position, the Emperor suggests that your career may be in shambles at the moment. You’re not out of the fight yet, and there’s always a chance to recover, but unfortunately, the situation is starting to have its effect on your sense of confidence, almost to the point where you can no longer delegate or lead effectively.

Like the upside-down emperor in this card, you will feel like you were thrown off your throne. This feeling is not a good sign for what lies ahead You may find yourself unfocused when doing your tasks in your workplace.

Worse, you would find yourself being the subject of HR complaints because you aren't performing well. Whatever leadership skill you have won't be sufficient to pull you through during this period.

You may even find yourself being a bit of a dictator when working with your teammates- a complete opposite of the benevolent Emperor depicted on the tarot. As a result of all these, your source of income may find itself hurting.

You may even find yourself in financial straits as you struggle your way through your career. It would then be best if you then reasserted yourself through finding your focus.

If you have to take a break from working, then do it if it helps you recalibrate. In such cases, cling to hope and find the sovereign Emperor within you.

Your wealth will improve and your career will certainly get better, but you need to stand firm and take the lead before anything else.

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