The Emperor

Divinatory Meanings: Stability, power, protection, realization; a great person; aid, reason, conviction; also authority and will. Reversed: Benevolence, compassion, credit; also confusion to enemies, obstruction, immaturity.

Description: He has a form of the Crux ansata for his sceptre and a globe in his left hand. He is a crowned monarch--commanding, stately, seated on a throne, the arms of which axe fronted by rams' heads. He is executive and realization, the power of this world, here clothed with the highest of its natural attributes. He is occasionally represented as seated on a cubic stone, which, however, confuses some of the issues. He is the virile power, to which the Empress responds, and in this sense is he who seeks to remove the Veil of Isis; yet she remains virgo intacta.

It should be understood that this card and that of the Empress do not precisely represent the condition of married life, though this state is implied. On the surface, as I have indicated, they stand for mundane royalty, uplifted on the seats of the mighty; but above this there is the suggestion of another presence. They signify also--and the male figure especially--the higher kingship, occupying the intellectual throne. Hereof is the lordship of thought rather than of the animal world. Both personalities, after their own manner, are "full of strange experience," but theirs is not consciously the wisdom which draws from a higher world. The Emperor has been described as (a) will in its embodied form, but this is only one of its applications, and (b) as an expression of virtualities contained in the Absolute Being--but this is fantasy.

UPRIGHT: Stability, power, protection, realization; a great person; aid, reason, conviction; also, authority and will.

REVERSED: Benevolence, compassion, credit; additionally, confusion to enemies, obstruction, immaturity.


Tarot - Major Arcana Index

Please choose any arcana card below to find the meaning of each individual card.

The Fool The Magician The High Priestess The Empress The Emperor
The Hierophant The Lovers The Chariot Strength The Hermit
Wheel of Fortune Justice The Hanged Man Death Temperance
The Devil The Tower The Star The Moon The Sun
Judgement The World      

 

Tarot - Minor Arcana Index

Please choose any minor arcana card below to find the meaning.


Ace of Cups Ace of Pentacles Ace of Swords Ace of Wands
Two of Cups Two of Pentacles Two of Swords Two of Wands
Three of Cups Three of Pentacles Three of Swords Three of Wands
Four of Cups Four of Pentacles Four of Swords Four of Wands
Five of Cups Five of Pentacles Five of Swords Five of Wands
Six of Cups Six of Pentacles Six of Swords Six of Wands
Seven of Cups Seven of Pentacles Seven of Swords Seven of Wands
Eight of Cups Eight of Pentacles Eight of Swords Eight of Wands
Nine of Cups Nine of Pentacles Nine of Swords Nine of Wands
Ten of Cups Ten of Pentacles Ten of Swords Ten of Wands
Page of Cups Page of Pentacles Page of Swords Page of Wands
Knight of Cups
Knight of Pentacles Knight of Swords Knight of Wands
Queen of Cups Queen of Pentacles Queen of Swords Queen of Wands
King of Cups King of Pentacles King of Swords King of Wands

 

 

 

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