The Emperor: Predictive Tarot Card Meanings

Authority is the main meaning of The Emperor Tarot card. Often, can predict that you will achieve a level of status. Alternatively, you may be offered assistance from a person which you love and respect, who has a higher social standing than yourself. This person will have plans to pull you up in the world and give you opportunities which you cannot get yourself. 

The Emperor Tarot card meaning for love, romance and relationships.

You are looking at is power and stability so keep this in mind when interpreting The Emperor card and how this relates to the question and the position in the spread you are using. Often, this card symbolizes powerful people who intend on helping you in your career.

The Emperor is a reminder that you do not know everything. Sometimes, you have to enlist the help of other people to get from point A to point B. The Emperor has lessons to teach.

However, there are cases when The Emperor will not be work orientated. Because of the highly masculine energy, it could symbolize an important male figure in your life, such as a father or husband. If you are male, it could represent yourself with surrounding cards showing your concerns, priorities, hopes, and dreams. 

The Emperor Love & Relationship Tarot Meaning

Depending on your outlook and culture, The Emperor can be a positive card to get for a love reading, or it can be your worst nightmare.

The Emperor predicts a lover who likes to be in control. He is your stereotypical man who expects his dinner made for him at 5 pm and needs you to do all of the cleaning. The Emperor is the epitome of male energy, and the card represents people who embody a very masculine personality type.

I’m Romany Gypsy, and in my culture, we like men to act manly. Our partners take the wheel and can be quite domineering. We prefer men who are powerful and authoritative at home and within our communities. Therefore, an Emperor character would suit me fine, and a relationship with an Emperor character would probably last for a long time. 

However, I understand that some women do not like men to be bossy and dread the thought of them having the last word. If you are in this category, then The Emperor predicts a lover you will not see eye to eye with who you may find to be old-fashioned and controlling. If The Emperor falls into an outcome position, then your relationship with your partner will break down because of these reasons.

The meaning of The Emperor in a ‘feelings’ type of Tarot reading is rather similar to The Empress interpretation. The Emperor means that your lover wishes to take care of you.

However, The Emperor wants to be the provider; he will look after you. Your lover sees you as someone they can pay the bills for and take on dates. This means that they will not show affection in The Empress sense, but they will in less nurturing ways. 

The Emperor Business & Career Tarot Meaning

The Emperor is probably one of the most desirable cards you can get for a business reading. It can predict that you will get the help and assistance of someone who will significantly improve your company; their advice will be invaluable. This person of influence will give you a hand to the top, so try to remain on their good side!

Obviously, when you are in employment the above Tarot card meaning still applies. There will be an authority figure who will take an interest in you - they will attempt to improve your career because they can see your real potential. A job promotion may be in your future.

The Emperor takes on the meaning of help and assistance from powerful people. An individual will come into your life who will assist you in building your career, or get ahead financially. Traditionally, this person is likely to be male.

The Emperor is a person who is going to enter your life and help you in your career. If you work for someone else, The Emperor represents a boss who is in a position of authority. If you are in business, The Emperor may be a mentor.

The Emperor Friends, Family & Social Media Tarot Meaning 

The Emperor appears in family orientated readings where the patriarch of the family is important. Key events are about to take place which will involve the man of your family. 

I would say that The Emperor is also very good for fertility or pregnancy readings. The Emperor can symbolize your partner in the role of father. In these cases, The Emperor is a reassuring sign. 

Alternatively, The Emperor predicts that you will rub shoulders with very important people in the future. You will soon climb the ladder socially. 

The Emperor Health & Wellbeing Tarot Meaning 

You will have the greatest chance at health, wellbeing and lifestyle changes if you enlist the help of an expert. This specialist (who in your Tarot reading is appearing in the form of The Emperor) will take the form of a fitness instructor, optician, dermatologist, even a mindset coach. 

The Emperor Tarot Card Meaning

If you’re female and concerned about your weight-loss, The Emperor can be a sign that your lover is a bad influence on your weight-loss goals. Therefore, try to bring them on board for any serious health and lifestyle changes. 

The Emperor Psychic & Spirituality Tarot Meaning 

When The Emperor appears in a psychic development style reading you need to find yourself a mentor. The Emperor is a sign that you cannot move forward on your own. You do not have all of the answers so need to enlist the help or older, wiser folks. 

Not in the position to hire yourself a spiritual development guru? Then start small! Read psychic development books, follow experts on social media, and take online courses. All of these actions count as mentorship and can set you on the right track.

The Emperor as a Positive, Strength or Advantage

Because The Emperor is a neutral Tarot card it can appear as both a positive and a negative. While as a good influence the card predicts success and male figures who are willing to help you. You are The Emperor’s pet project, and they have a very strong interest in watching you succeed in life. 

The Emperor will also appear as a positive if you have a partner who desires the traditional family set up. Your lover is in search of someone they can settle down with for life. 

The Emperor as a Negative, Weakness or Obstacle 

When he appears as a negative, weakness or obstacle, The Emperor means that you will have to deal with men who like to be in control. This could lead to a power struggle so try to nip any issues in the bud as soon as possible. 

Sometimes, The Emperor can signal the presence of a controlling person in power. The Emperor represents an individual who is standing in your way of achieving your goals. 

The Emperor Yes or No Meaning

For most types of readings, The Emperor is a yes especially if you’re reading about finances, business or career. However, there are strings attached! 

The Emperor is mostly only a yes Tarot card if you are willing to go out into the world and find your real life Emperor character. If you’re not going to take your card’s advice and hire that mentor or visit that expert then you’re not going to get a good result in the future. 

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The Emperor Tarot card meaning. An illustration from the Major Arcana with the Rider Waite Tarot deck. Post by divination and fortune-telling with Tarot for love, romance and relationships. Ideal for readers who are just learning the interpretations.

The Emperor Tarot card meaning. An illustration from the Major Arcana with the Rider Waite Tarot deck. Post by divination and fortune-telling with Tarot for love, romance and relationships. Ideal for readers who are just learning the interpretations.