The Emperor in 5 Minutes
The Emperor Meaning – Major Arcana Tarot Card Meanings
You may feel like your finances are out of your control right now. The reversed Emperor can suggest one’s inability to properly deal with one’s financial situation. Sometimes, it can also suggest lack of discipline when it comes to spending. If the former is your case, you may want to find a professional that can help you. If the latter applies instead, you’ll really need to take a closer look at what you’re earning versus what you’re spending, and learn to cut things out.
The Emperor reversed is a sign of abused authoritative power. In your social life, it can manifest in the overreach of power from a father figure or a possessive partner. In career readings, it could be coming from a superior. It presents a man who wants to take control of your actions and makes you feel powerless. It could also be that you are playing the part of a weak ruler, hatching a plan to avoid the tasks that come with having responsibility. Perhaps you aspire for a career that is more flexible than one that is governed by strict rules.
When it comes to your finances, the Emperor signals the need to be controlled, disciplined and responsible with your money. Make sure that you have a clear understanding of where your money is going; put together a budget, make sure you stick to it, and check in every month or so. So long as you can keep it up, you’ll likely be in a good financial position.
Without focus or discipline, your work may start to falter. If you’ve been lacking these qualities in the workplace, you may notice that it is taking a toll on your projects. Sometimes, this card can also suggest rigidity and bureaucracy in your work environment. This may stifle your sense of creativity and motivation, since the processes needed to do anything have been tedious and frustrating. At worst, the reversed Emperor can point towards a senior employee or boss that rules the workplace like a tyrant. Should this be your situation, it may be better to start looking for employment elsewhere.
It’s all about control when it comes to the Emperor, for this card means authority, regulation, organization and a fatherliness. The Emperor represents a strategic thinker who sets out plans that he must see through. He is a symbol of the masculine principle – the paternal figure in life that gives structure, creates rules and systems, and imparts knowledge. Where the Empresss desire for their kingdom is to create happiness, the emperor desires to foster honor and discipline. He guides with a firm hand, following the calling of the crown above all else. Though he is a ruler, he understands that to reign is also to serve – thus he acts rationally and according to what is for the greater good of the kingdom.