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.