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    The Emperor


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    • establishing a family line
    • setting direction and tone
    • protecting and defending
    • guiding growth
    • bringing security and comfort
    • offering explanations

    emphasizing structure

    • creating order out of chaos
    • categorizing
    • being systematic
    • providing shape and form
    • being organized
    • applying reason
    • coordinating
    • sticking to a plan

    exercising authority

    • taking a leadership role
    • commanding
    • exerting control
    • representing the establishment
    • being in a position of strength
    • coming in contact with officials
    • setting direction


    • establishing law and order
    • operating from sound principles
    • applying rules or guidelines
    • working within the legal system
    • setting standards of behavior
    • following a regimen

    Opposing cards / zodiac signs

    Reinforcing cards / zodiac signs

    • Hierophant - conforming to rules
    • Justice - concerns of justice and legality
    • Two of Wands - having authority
    • Three of Wands - assuming leadership
    • Four of Pentacles - control, structure, order
    • Gemini - integration, working together
    • Virgo - being a lone wolf
    • Libra - friendship, trusting someone


      The figure of the Emperor says much about the essential qualities of this card. We see a stern, commanding figure seated on a stone-slab throne. His back is straight, and his eyes meet ours directly. He is confident of his complete authority to rule.

      The Emperor represents structure, order and regulation - forces to balance the free-flowing, lavish abundance of the Empress. He advocates a four-square world where trains are on time, games are played by rules, and commanding officers are respected. In chaotic situations, the Emperor can indicate the need for organization. Loose ends should be tied up, and wayward elements, harnessed. In situations that are already over-controlled, he suggests the confining effect of those constraints.

      The Emperor can represent an encounter with authority or the assumption of power and control. As the regulator, he is often associated with legal matters, disciplinary actions, and officialdom in all its forms. He can also stand for an individual father or archetypal Father in his role as guide, protector and provider.