The Emperor


personal power, responsibility, boundaries, rules, logic, authority, father

The Emperor represents leadership and responsibility, logic, structure, laws and rules. He is the archetypal father of the Tarot. His disciplined and rational nature helps him achieve his mighty and noble ambitions.

Pam-A edition of the Waite-Smith Tarot

Pam-A edition of the Waite-Smith Tarot

The Emperor advises...

  • Use rationality and logic to consider the situation.
  • Increase the stability in your life. You may need to set limits on your behavior to achieve your goals.
  • If you have a position of leadership, use your intellect to make the best decisions for your team.
  • It is OK to defend your personal boundaries. If someone or something is intruding on your space or energy, protect yourself.
  • Connect with your father or another paternal figure in your life, or think about how your relationship with them is affecting you now.

The Emperor warns...

  • Beware of abusing your position of authority or of trying to control others or of being overly critical.
  • Beware of being rigidly attached to a certain outcome.
  • Beware of how you might be guarding your emotions. This may a situation where you can be more vulnerable.

The Emperor predicts...

The Emperor can indicate success if you act with courage and responsibility. Self-discipline and rationality are key to achieving the outcome you desire.

The Emperor represents someone who is...

  • a leader
  • powerful
  • ambitious
  • responsible
  • disciplined
  • competent
  • organized
  • protective
  • reliable
  • logical
  • controlling
  • stubborn
  • rigid
  • a father or stern parental figure
  • someone with authority such as a boss, landlord, police