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IV, The Emperor

This post was written by Barbara Moore
on January 27, 2011 | Comments (2)

After the abundance and creation of the Empress and the Threes, The Emperor and the Fours come into the picture to help organize and stabilize everything.

Fours represent structure and stability. And, interestingly, out of all the Majors we’ve looked at so far, the Emperor is the first one whose modern interpretation really stays true to the historical and literal idea of his name–his meaning has remained stable. Like an Emperor, this card represents experience, wisdom, skill, ability, and leadership. It is a card of vision and seeing the bigger picture.

The Emperor creates systems to make the best use of all resources available and to meet as many needs as possible.

Unfortunately, too many people associate the Emperor with government or authority (over them) and consequently have a negative view of this card. I think reversed or ill-dignified, this card would represent someone who is control or power-hungery, who bosses around others just because he can, or who takes advantage of the work of others. But in its upright position, the Emperor helps create stability so that we can lead peaceful, enjoyable, and productive lives.

Reader Comments

Written By Chea
on January 27th, 2011 @ 8:37 am

Yes, I agree that the Emperor still means those things you mentioned. I also look at the card as the pure embodiment of Aries, so it relates to the Tower (Mars) since it is the ruler of Aries. In that case, you can look at the Emperor as being driven to seek ones own agenda, the creative entrepreneurial spirit, too, and so much more, including crashing thru the status quo. The Emperor can be a very positive card, encouraging one to seek and be guided by one’s own true inner compass… or be the embodiment of dictatorial selfishness… Depends on the question!

The card also has to do with the procreative urge, the initiation of growth (spring).


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