The Emperor: general, standing and reversed meaning

The Emperor, general description

The Emperor is the 5th card of the Major Arcana. It is part of Fatecaster’s Tarot card list that summarizes the Rider Waite Tarot cards’ meaning.

This card symbolizes the mountings, stability, security and the desire for continuity. It’s the ambition with which we are trying to cut ourselves adrift from nature’s conditions and their unpredictability. Thus the Emperor equals our civilizational pursuit such as building houses, using fridges and air conditions to protect ourselves from warm, cold and dampness or like building cars and airplanes to make transportation faster and more comfortable or to establish schools to ensure a certain education.

Even though we sometimes go too far it shouldn’t restrain us to properly value the positive attitudes of this card often considered to be suspicious.  This card not only refers to order, sobriety, discipline, responsibility and the turn for pragmatic procedures but to their exaggeration as well. This, however, manifests in the form of rigidity, lethargy, perfectionism, or in the desire to rule and strongly wield power.

The  Emperor, standing

Profane rule and power. Social talent and eloquence. An intelligent, experienced, confident and respectable person. A patriarch or influential manpower. The basic power that propels community and politics. The ability to fulfill our plans and handle our feelings.

The Emperor, reversed

Weak character that can lead to tyranny imposition of power. Self-control and loss of ambition associates with the aim to reach impossible. The impossibility of being respectful and implementing the task. Foolishness and flair for anger. A fraud or a demagogue.