The Emperor~Number IV~Mars~Fiery Aries
The Emperor is the masculine principle, the animus and the patriarch. He represents authority and power. The Emperor in the Tarot sits upon his throne, adorned with rams’ heads on the arms and corners of the back of the seat. In his right hand there is the Egyptian symbol, the ankh, symbol for life. His left hand grasps an orb, symbol of the World in which he rules. The Emperor has the ability to know when to seize an opportunity. He thinks, speaks and acts reasonably and with authority. Maintaining order and stability is important to him. An original and independent thinker, he is compassionate, courageous and has excellent powers of observation.
Alternately, the Emperor can be cold and unfeeling, relying completely on his own rules and laws as he judges others. Negatively, he can be inflexible, unyielding and stern. He may also be impatient and restless when under stress. If you draw this card reversed, you may feel more confrontational and sarcastic and may demonstrate a cruel or manipulative streak. Positively, because of his many years of experience, the Emperor indicates an innate understanding of the rules and laws of human nature. The Emperor may also be symbolic of a man currently in your life or one who will enter your life that will possess these characteristics.
When you see this card in a reading, you are being asked to set boundaries. The ego is determined to succeed and you have excellent powers of observation and analysis. Ask yourself these questions: Are you being inflexible in some area of your life unable to see others viewpoint? Are you overly judgmental? Are you experiencing achievement in some area of your life because of years of experience and perseverance?
Keywords: Organizing, Perseverance, Power, Intellect, Sarcastic, Rules, Laws, Observant, Successful, Analysis, Judging, Order, Stability, Courage, Impatience, Animus, Patriarch.
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