The Emperor: Predictive Tarot Card Meanings

A Man who Offers Assistance, Ambition, Assistance, Authoritive Men, Consistency, Fathers, Brothers, Husbands, Honor, Leadership, Power, Social Standing 

The Emperor represents a person of authority. Often it could be you who has achieved a level of status. Alternatively, you may be offered assistance from a person with 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. 

In general, what you are looking at is power and stability so keep this in mind when interpreting the card and how this relates to the question and the position in the spread you are using. Very often this card symbolizes powerful people who intend on helping you in your career.

   
  
 
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  In a Tarot card reading, The Emperor in a spread can be a symbol of power, ambition and assistance. This post includes a vintage and modern fortune telling meanings of The Emperor, ideal for the advanced reader or those just learning the cards. These interpretations can be used with any of the decks (Rider Waite, Marseilles etc). Cards used in post is The Emperor from The Divina Tarot by Mary Elizabeth Evans. 

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.

Because The Emperor is a neutral Tarot card it can appears 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, the opposite is true if The Emperor appears as a negative. As a negative, this card 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 ASAP.

The Emperor’s Historical Meaning

Pre-1920 books give the meaning of realization to The Emperor which further deepens its significance in a reading. If you are waiting for a situation to develop or for more information to come to light, it will with this card on the table.

I would say that The Emperor often predicts that everything will mentally fall into place for you. This card marks those nights where you wake up with an idea so brilliant you must race to write it down. For this reasons, I feel that The Emperor is one of the most positive cards for business and creative endeavors. 

The Emperor in a Love Reading

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 5pm 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 authoritive 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 Emperor in a Business Reading

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 greatly 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!

The Emperor as a Yes or No

For readings related to money, career and finances, The Emperor is a yes. For everything is, the card is natural (see: Answering Yes or No Using Tarot Interpretations)

The Emperor in a Positive Reading

In a positive reading, The Emperor can predict;

- Your rise to power

- Powerful people who have an interest in you

- A stable future

- Ambition

- Setting and achieving goals

The Emperor in a Negative Reading

In a more negative reading or spread position, The Emperor can predict;

- A patriarchal society

- Power struggles

- Domineering males

- Needing to turn to a male figure for assistance

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Cards used in post is The Emperor from The Divina Tarot by Mary Elizabeth Evans


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  In a Tarot card reading, The Emperor in a spread can be a symbol of power, ambition and assistance. This post includes a vintage and modern fortune telling meanings of The Emperor, ideal for the advanced reader or those just learning the cards. These interpretations can be used with any of the decks (Rider Waite, Marseilles etc). Cards used in post is The Emperor from The Divina Tarot by Mary Elizabeth Evans. 

Illustration: In a Tarot card reading, The Emperor in a spread can be a symbol of power, ambition and assistance. This post includes a vintage and modern fortune telling meanings of The Emperor, ideal for the advanced reader or those just learning the cards. These interpretations can be used with any of the decks (Rider Waite, Marseilles etc). Cards used in post is The Emperor from The Divina Tarot by Mary Elizabeth Evans.