03 June 2014

The Emperor Tarot Card Meaning

Today we're going to talk through The Emperor, the tarot card number 4. In the Marseille deck it comes with the name of "L'empereur".

It is, like the others, a major card and is a very positive one. Moreover, it wears the number 4 which is a sign of stability an strength.

The character drawn on the card is half-sitting/half standing before a throne. It is a mature man. It is also a powerful man as you can see by the gold shield besides him. And eagle is painted on that shield: it is a sign of high power as eagles are crowned birds.

We notice that the man is standing/sitting "still" which means that nothing can scare him. It is a character related to triumph as well.

The Emperor basic meanings:

When pulled in the right position, the card symbolizes ascendency on others, supremacy, domination, strength, balance, good fortune. Because its number is 4 it also means square and square often represents home, family, safety. 

When the card is turned down, it comes with all its negative representations: depression, adversity, misfortune, brutality, a jobless person, lack of authority, lack of self confidence, etc.

Here is a short reading using the Emperor:

A clients is eager to learn as to whether her marriage is going to end. We are going to try to anwer using the cross spread.

For such a spread we need four cards. Here they are:

  • Left: the Lovers,
  • Right: the Emperor,
  • Top: the Moon,
  • Bottom: the Chariot

How to read this cross spread:

The Lovers on the left stand for hesitations. Our client's husband is sitting on the fence regarding his marriage, maybe even hesitating between his wife and a mistress - but we must do another spread or add other cards on this one for more information.

The Emperor in the negative place means that he is unsure as to what to do.

The Moon represents our client's questions and worries.

The Chariot at the end of the spread means that her husband is going to leave. 

The synthesis represents the Justice card (6 + 4 + 18 + 7 = 35 - 3 + 5 = 8); which, in this case, corresponds to the legal steps to divorce.

Is that so easy to tell the future?

All right then, what I did here is a very quick and easy tarot card reading and this isn't always as easy at it may seem. So many factors have to be taken into consideration. However, this spread might have had a more positive meaning if our client would have asked if she would be able to keep her husband away from leaving. In this case the Chariot would mean that she would succeed and the synthesis would relate to quiet life together.

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By using a book that includes how-to and lots of details, you will better understand the myriad of different meanings each major arcanum can provide you with.

The different spreads used by psychic readers will also be helful.

Then you should take into consideration that fortune-tellers more often than not, make use of additional tools of the trade to read the future. Cards might not always be their only support.

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