Meaning: Structure, Stability, Rules and Power
The Emperor is the fifth Major Arcana card in the Tarot (but his number is four) and he is confident, courageous, grounded and knows exactly who he is. While he enjoys the structure of a well laid plan and the stability of a strong will, the Emperor isn’t as boring and rigid as one might initially assume. The Emperor is a rebel at heart, one who may go against the grain of society and make his own rules to follow, rather than someonelse’s.
The Emperor is here to awaken your inner rebel and remind you that ultimately you do not have to follow anyone’s rules but your own! He has strong boundaries and a clear, rational mind. He knows what he wants in life and knows he can achieve it with clear intention and determination.
At times he may be stubborn and have difficulty seeing the big picture, or others viewpoints, feeling that his way is the right way. He sometimes forgets that true power does not come from forcing others to submit to his way of thinking. While The Emperor is the original maverick, a true pioneer and trailblazer, his major challenge is remaining powerful and true to himself while allowing others to be as they are.
- It is time for you to honour your rebellious spirit and channel your inner Emperor
- You may be trying to impose your will on another
- You are coming into your own power and developing a strong will
- Where in your life are you like The Emperor?
- Do you truly allow others to be as they are? Or do you judge them and feel that they would be happier if they were more like you?
- How can you feel more safe, powerful and comfortable in your own skin today?
- Write down your deepest values and the impact that you want to have on your community (or the world!)
- Practice allowing yourself to be who you are and others to be who they are, without worrying what others are doing or how they may react to you
- Get organized! Develop a plan – get clear on your intention and write your goals down.