Stability, Authority, Masculine, Leadership, Power, Control, Focus, Protection, Discipline
Ruling Planet: Mars
Number 4, The Emperor
The word Emperor in this deck doesn't have to refer to a male, but rather a person with masculine energy.
Here we see a Pixie sitting at their throne. They represent the astrological sign Aries, so they wear a ram skull as their crown that is decorated with gems.
The Emperor card is all about control, authority and organization. They are a symbol of masculine energy, a figure that gives structure, creates rules and shares knowledge. Honor and discipline is important to the Emperor, and while they are a ruler, they understand that their role is also to serve.
To see this card in a reading means that now is a good time to pursue your goals. You are set for having a successful future as long as you move forward in a similar fashion of the Emperor. One with strategy and focus.
This card can also suggest that you may be put in charge of something important soon. It could relate to work, family, community, or something else. Whatever it is, the Emperor has your back.
Immaturity, Control freak, Loss of authority, Lack of Discipline, Tyrant, Recklessness
Card in Reverse:
The Emperor in reverse can show up as toxic masculinity. Someone in your life may be abusing their authoritative power. Is there someone close to you that you feel is particularly controlling?
This card can also mean that, as a ruler, you may be falling short. Perhaps you are avoiding responsibility and are putting off certain tasks. You may aspire to be on a different path, one that is more flexible and feels less restricting.
Alternatively, the rules you've once put into place may no longer be working. The Emperor's desire to control and rule is so strong, you may become ruthless. The urge to dominate is high, but you must hold back. The Emperor's job is to lead and do what is best for others - not to be a dictator. There are ways of taking control without using force.
Logic in love, Traditional, Holding back emotions
Power struggle, Controlling partner
Lack of focus, Powerlessness in the work place
Upright: The Emperor doesn't have a great sense of romance, but something they do bring to the table is structure, stability and logic. Your loved one may be more on the traditional side of things. They also might have some trouble with expressing their feelings.
Reversed: In reverse, the Emperor can suggest a power struggle. Your partner or friend may be quite dominant and controlling. There may be a sense of competitiveness and a desire to always be right. Alternatively, this could also be you and not your partner or friend. Be sure to check yourself and make sure that you are being fair and are hearing your loved one.
Upright: Your discipline, ability to focus and hard work have been paying off! Or it will be soon. If things are feeling a bit frustrating right now, it may be helpful to think of new methods and strategies that can help you and/or your colleagues work more efficiently.
Reversed: You may be lacking in focus and discipline right now. Your projects seem to be moving slowly and motivation is low.
Alternatively, someone at work may be a bit domineering. Perhaps it is a senior employee or your boss. If you're feeling like you're working under a dictator, perhaps its time to look for a job elsewhere.