The Emperor

“My crown is in my heart, not on my head; Not decked with diamonds and Indian stones, Nor to be seen. My crown is called content: A crown it is that seldom kings enjoy.” Shakespeare: Henry the VI Pt. III Act III Scene I.


The Emperor Card


The Emperor is the 4th Major Arcana in the tarot. It represents leadership, strategy, structure, Kingdom, ownership, law and order.


4's in the tarot all relate back to structure and when you get this card in particular, look at where you can apply more structure to your life. Are you master of your own domain? If not, get things in check. This card is also associated with leaders, bosses, patriarchy, rules, order.


Keywords for The Emperor

setting direction and tone, protecting and defending, security, creating order out of chaos, categorizing, being systematic, providing shape and form, being organized, logic.


The Emperor can represent encounters with authority. It can bring 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.


As Advice:

Bring structure to your life, play by the rules, use order and logic, be consistent, take responsibility, show up, build things that matter, be supportive.


The Emperor Reversed

Have you given your power away? Sometimes this card shows up when we need to reclaim our power. It can also show up when we are dealing with a difficult boss or authoritative person in our life.