Emperor Tarot Card Meanings 2016-12-10T17:39:00+00:00

emperor tarot card meanings

Emperor: Structure

Emperor Tarot
Card Meanings and Keywords:

The Emperor tarot card meanings in traditional tarot stem from its connection to both Astrology and Numerology. The Emperor tarot card can mean:


Creating order out of chaos.

Leadership and authority.

Making your own rules and having others obeying them.

Being your own boss.

Structure, logic, and reason.

Energy, force, and drive. 

Being fearless.



Poor leadership

Lack of energy

Symbolism in Emperor tarot card

The throne symbolises being in power. The Ram’s heads symbolise power, force, drive, energy, virility, protection, and fearlessness. The Ram is also a symbol for Aries which is the astrological sign for the Emperor. There are four ram’s heads carved on his stone chair, symbolising the stable energy of number 4. The Emperor is armored under his robe, symbolising a leader and a ruler. The cold and rocky landscape symbolise the Emperor’s discipline. In his right hand, he holds an Ankh which is the Egyptian symbol for life. In his left hand, he holds an orb, symbolising a globus cruciger which is a symbol for emperors, kings, and archangels. The Emperor’s long white hair and beard indicate that he has wisdom and experience, as well as a high social status. The orange background and his red clothing represent his passion and drive. The red is also symbolic for the planet Mars, the ruler of Aries.

Emperor tarot card and Astrology

Emperor tarot card is connected with Mars and is ruled by Aries. Aries is the first sign of the Zodiac and denotes leadership and initiative. Mars energizes all other planets in the zodiac. Mars governs the masculine element and is known as the warrior planet, it covers sexual powers, courage, energy, action, protectiveness, and valor. Mars also governs sharp instruments, fire and anything combustible, and if Mars is too energetic, emotional outbursts could erupt. If harmonious, Mars assists with endurance and determination. Mars is also connected to the Tower tarot card.

Emperor tarot card meanings upright

Emperor in a general reading

Emperor tarot card represents masculine energy, the ruler, and head of the household. Emperor can denote leaders of companies, organisations, and communities. The Emperor is an authority figure who creates a solid foundation for others to build upon. The Emperor creates order out of chaos. The Emperor uses logic rather than intuition, and he prefers well thought out plans above impulsive action. The Emperor has strong values and beliefs and is not likely to budge. The Emperor can often represent big companies and/or government organisations. In a reading, the Emperor tarot card often shows up when it is time for the seeker to make a fresh start. This card advises that self-control and discipline are the best way forward. Make a commitment and honor it.

Emperor in a love reading

In a love reading, the Emperor tarot card denotes a relationship where the couple often works together building up their own empire. If the seeker is single, this card can mean they soon will meet someone who is very serious to have committed relationship.

Emperor in a career reading

In a career reading the Emperor tarot card signifies self-employment or high-level leadership jobs.

Learn what the Emperor tarot card means in the Grand Tableau. 

Personality type in Emperor tarot card

Emperor tarot card denotes someone competitive and ambitious. This is the aggressive alpha-male who naturally gain power over others. Honest and offensive, Emperor people don’t apologise for their behaviour. They are confident and sure of their own worth, ready to take charge of any situation. Confrontational by nature they often exhibit anger issues and have a big ego. They love being in charge. They also love getting lots of attention from others.

emperor tarot card meanings

Emperor: Structure

Emperor tarot card meanings reversed

Emperor tarot card reversed denotes someone with a childish streak, inconsistent and unpredictable. If Emperor reversed represents the Seeker it can mean something is blocking the energy that gives the person authority. Rather than being respected, you might find that people are disrespecting and dishonoring you. There is a lack of control and order. Emperor reversed can indicate a time when chaos and havoc rules.

Personality type in reversed Emperor tarot card

Emperor tarot card reversed indicates someone who feels dissatisfied and is unhappy with their life situation. They often lack confidence. This is someone who is absent or elusive. Dreamy and impulsive, they come across as highly unpredictable. Emperor reversed tarot card often shows up reversed when you are dealing with teenagers.

Emperor Tarot Card Combinations

Some important tarot card combinations including the Emperor:

The Emperor + The Hierophant: A cornerstone business. Franchise. 

The Emperor + The Lovers: A stable relationship. 

The Emperor + The Hermit: Retirement. 

The Emperor + Justice: Justice system. 

The Emperor + The World: The government.

The Emperor + Two of swords: A diplomat.

The Emperor + Four of swords: A hospital. 

The Emperor + Five of swords: A criminal. 

The Emperor + Eight of swords: Prison guard. A prison. 

The Emperor + Ace of cups: A spiritual leader. 

The Emperor + Seven of cups: The internet. 

The Emperor + Nine of cups: A restaurant. 

The Emperor + Ten of cups: Head of the family. 

The Emperor + Knight of cups: Theater. 

The Emperor + Ace of wands: A new career path. 

The Emperor + Two of wands: Promotion. 

The Emperor + Four of wands: Marriage.

The Emperor + Seven of wands: An academy. 

The Emperor + Queen of wands: Business school. 

The Emperor + Ace of pentacles: Government job. 

The Emperor + Three of pentacles: Team leader. 

The Emperor + Six of pentacles: Large charity. 

The Emperor + Seven of pentacles: A science project. 

The Emperor + Knight of pentacles: Government housing.

Emperor tarot card meanings summary

Emperor tarot card meanings denote leadership and authority. The Seeker will achieve the best result when implementing structure and logic to their projects when the Emperor tarot card shows up. The Emperor tarot card can also signify government, government agencies, and large cooperation. In a career reading the Emperor often shows up when the Seeker will be most satisfied working for themselves.

Learn what the Emperor tarot card means as a final card in a love reading. 


  1. Lola April 26, 2017 at 4:18 am

    Hello Inger,

    I was wondering how you would interpret the emperor+ ten of pentacles and seven of cups? I asked the tarot what is going on in a relationship I have. We are not dating but he flirts a lot with me and recently asked me out but I’m feeling he isn’t going to follow through because he was supposed to get back and tell me a day but hasnt yet.. So I did chord cutting ritual just to end it all. He likes to come in my dreams and tells me things but I feel he is too scared to approach me further. How would you interpret this for this relationship?

    Thank you!!! :))

  2. Inger Bråthen April 28, 2017 at 6:17 am

    Yes, he can be a bit confused. 7 of cups often shows up when someone is unable to decide whether or not they want to be in a relationship. Deep down he is afraid of being betrayed in love, thus, he is acting the way he does.

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