The Emperor: Taking On Tarot

The Emperor: Taking On Tarot


IV. The Emperor

My self-study of Tarot continues with The Emperor. Or, as I just heard, "the one who knows nothing."

Taking On Tarot: The Emperor ~ A self-study of the Universal Waite Tarot deck.

First Impressions

Entitlement; fiery; soldier; embattled; ruler; aged; figurehead; business leader; stern; argumentative; shifty; inoculated against humanity


Rams' heads, mountains, crown, rod

About those rams' heads... I hear "ram tough" which seemingly could indicate strength. That strength feels as though it's at the expense of others, however. It's more like a show of force - a proof of a power that's more bluster than solidity.

The mountains feel more foil than momentous.


Red, yellow, orange, white, blue

The orange and the red are the stand-outs. Fiery temper. Red-hot lover. Quick to anger. Action first, consideration later.

All in all, the orange and red feel ominous as opposed to a representation of passion, creativity and doing.

What the Guide Says

"Stability, power, aid, protection, a great person, conviction, reason. Reversed: Benevolence, compassion, credit, also confusion to enemies, obstruction, immaturity."

What Spirit Says

We see a man who is without compassion or consideration for others.

We see a man with drive and purpose which may differ from his soul purpose.

We see a man whose business dealings may be questionable and possibly inappropriate.

We see a person without scruples. We see a person with determination at the expense of others in his path.

We see a man who would use his own family as a means of personal gain.

We see a man with great discipline.

We see a man who wishes to rule over others as a means of feeling powerful.

Other Impressions

Ruthless. This person will win at all costs, if possible.

There's a sense of desperation behind the ruler here. There's a sense of "I'll show them" and "Now they'll listen" and "I'm important."

I notice the averted gaze and think "shifty." This person may be avoiding something or someone, or may be hiding his or her true agenda.

There's a sense here that this person would get a lot done. To what end, though? At whose expense?

This card, for the entrepreneur or business manager, seems to indicate success and achievement with either malevolence or a total disregard for any fall-out.

This man would likely be a tyrant; a ruthless dictator.

This person would likely have great difficulty practicing diplomacy, and probably wouldn't care to practice it, and wouldn't care what anyone thought of that.

This is a man who embodies greatness through great friction and with eyes on the prize above all else.

Essential Energy

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Did anything come up for you around The Emperor?

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