The Emperor tarot card represents a powerful male influence and can also be presented as the Father card. He comes right after The Empress because he compliments her. We can often see The Empress and The Emperor tarot cards very often represent the archetypes of father and mother figures. Usually depicted with a long white beard to show his power and authority, he offers wise counsel as he has had many experiences in his long life. These experiences help him dispense counsel, wisdom and guidance to those who would seek advice from him. When The Emperor tarot card is present in a tarot card reading it can indicate you may need to address some issues around or concerning your father or father figure.
The Emperor tarot card often denotes pure male logic, discipline and masculine energy, with no consideration for emotion or intuition, the opposite of his counterpart, The Empress. A strategic thinker, he is often considered a problem solver. When he is present in a tarot card reading for love and relationships, it is an indication a romantic partner is shut down emotionally. The Emperor tarot card could indicate someone who is ruled by his brain, or logic, as opposed to his heart, so he will be emotionally unavailable. The mind and heart don’t connect when someone has this card present in their reading. In order to deal with day-to-day life through the application of strategic thinking, his heart may be closed only for a period of time. However, it is quite possible that when he is present, ten foot thick walls surround his heart that may impossible to penetrate. On the other hand, if he presents in your love and relationship reading it could also indicate a romantic partner who is significantly older may be entering your life.
In a work or career reading, The Emperor tarot card can indicate ‘the boss’ or one who holds all the power in your current employment situation. The Emperor tarot card tells you that you must use logic, structure and personal power to work through your current dilemma. The Emperor tarot card is also used to represent government and authority or any other person who could have dominion over you.
When reversed, The Emperor tarot card indicates an overuse of power and authority and someone who is very rigid in their thinking.The Emperor tarot card reversed can indicate someone who is very controlling, stubborn and perhaps even cruel. In a love and relationship tarot card reading we must consider a reversed Emperor tarot card can indicate someone who is domineering, controlling and even physically abusive. There is no emotion present, just a need to control and dominate. In a work and career reading, a reversed Emperor tarot card could indicate a boss who rules with an iron fist, who comes across more like a dictator, as opposed to one who would willingly listen to your ideas and suggestions. This may be an indication for you to start looking for greener pastures and a better place to work.
The Emperor is ruled by the astrological sign of Aries, which can usually be used to designated timing in a reading. The timing of Aries is March 21 to April 21.