The Emperor is the complimentary card to the Empress. He represents the Patriarch, or, in other words, all things Masculine. His ruling Planet is Mars as depicted by the four rams heads that decorate his throne; and the element associated with him is Fire. The Emperor personifies Power and Authority.

His stern demeanor is a stark contrast to the sensitive features of the Empress. The Emperor is depicted as a man with long white beard signifying his wisdom and experience that he has accumulated over the years. This means that he is someone whose advice is worth adhering to. The mountains behind his throne speak of intellectual heights, leadership and action.

The orange background and the red attire symbolize the passion and energy which makes up his proactive nature and helps him deal with life and its challenges. The right hand of Emperor holds an Ankh which
symbolizes life according to ancient Egyptian tradition, while the orb in his left hand represents the world over which the Emperor rules.

Upright Position

In a reading the Emperor may suggest achievement and honor. It also signifies a male influence - a person who has a strong position in the life of the seeker - it may be her/his father, male partner or even superior at work. The card says that this male authoritative figure will stand by you in times of need. It also says that
you shall be blessed with authority and leadership qualities.

Reversed Position

In a reverse position this card signifies abuse of power. It says that the person concerned has lack of character leading to failed ambitions and insecurity.

Tarot Horoscope Tarot Card Decks Tarot Card Meanings

Major Arcana
Chariot Death Devil
Emperor Empress Fool
Hanged Man Hermit Judgment
Justice Lover(s) Bateleur (‘Magician’)
Moon Pope (‘Hierophant’) Popess (‘High Priestess’)
Star Strength Sun
Temperance Maison Dieu (‘Tower’) Wheel of Fortune

Minor Arcana
Ace of Coins Ace of Cups Ace of Swords
Ace of Batons Eight Coins Eight Cups
Eight Swords Eight Batons Five Coins
Five Cups Five Swords Five Batons
Four Coins Four Cups Four Swords
Four Batons King of Coins King of Cups
King of Swords King of Batons Knight of Coins
Knight of Cups Knight of Swords Knight of Batons
Nine Coins Nine Cups Nine Swords
Nine Batons Queen of Coins Queen of Cups
Queen of Swords Queen of Batons Seven Coins
Seven Cups Seven Swords Seven Batons
Six Coins Six Cups Six Swords
Six Batons Ten Coins Ten Cups
Ten Swords Ten Batons Three Coins
Three Cups Three Swords Three Batons
Two Coins Two Cups Two Swords
Two Batons Valet of Coins Valet of Cups
Valet of Swords Valet of Batons