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The Emperor – Meanings & Interpretation – Major Arcana

The Emperor Meaning In A Tarot Reading

The Emperor card of the Rider Waite tarot deck is the master of all he surveys, the ultimate masculine principle. This must be that way, that must be this way, and he decides which is which.

He is a creature of absolutes, of utter black and white. He is the penultimate father figure, protecting and caring for those under his command.  He represents the desire to rule over all his surroundings.

Find out more about what the Emperor tarot card means in various orientations like upright and reversed in a tarot reading.

The Emperor Tarot Card Meanings – Upright

Overview:

the emperorThe benevolent ruler, strong and confident. The Emperor of the Major Arcana is without a doubt the ruler of his realm, and has all things well in control. His rule is kind and benevolent, and he makes the best decisions he can for those he is responsible for. He is the keeper of traditions, and a point of stability for all who know him.

Past Events:

The past few months have seen you either in control, or coming into control of your circumstances. You have kept your head about you, and truly are able to lead benevolently while watching out for those around you.

Present Events:

You have the skills and confidence to handle the situation before you, and have reached a point of stability in your life. The situation you find yourself in now is well within your capabilities, just be certain to keep your focus on being a kindly ruler, lest you slip into tyranny.

Future Events:

Things may seem out of control now, but fear not! The future will find you having everything well in hand. The tarot card in this position indicates that the near future will present you with the need to guide a situation, and you will rise to the challenge.

The Emperor Tarot Card Meanings – Reversed

Overview:

The tyrannical despot, cruel and heartless. He rules with little care for those around him, only that his will is what is held too. He holds to traditions, long after they have passed usefulness. Thus he also represents stagnation in this position.

the emperor reversedPast Events:

Have you been slavishly holding to old ways? Forcing those around you to operate under your rules without considering the possibility that others have useful input?

It’s time to re-examine your position, and consider loosening your grip. Not all things can be controlled, nor should they be, it’s time to let go.

Present Events:

This is a clear warning that you are currently lording over your current situation. You are trying to control all things, when things cannot all be controlled.

This may be forcing you into a kind of stagnation. Preventing things from moving on, it’s time to talk to those who are involved, give everyone options, and let go of the wheel.

Future Events:

Your current condition will seem to stagnate, remaining unchanged and not progressing despite your best efforts. Whatever you’ve been doing hasn’t been working, but you’re certain it will. It won’t, it’s time to let go and get outside input.

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