IV The Emperor
Positive: Order. Control. Power. Status.
Negative: Tyranny. Coarseness. Abuse of Power. Impatience.
Qabalah: Heh (Window).
Archetypes: Father. Creator. Patriarch. Animus. Husband.
Herbs: Carnation, Ginger, Mugwort, Bay Laurel, Thistle.
Crystal: Ruby, Sapphire.
Introduction: The Emperor shows us that domination of the mind over the heart is sometimes not wanted, but in some cases is it necessary and even welcomed, and that this is part of what we must think about when he appears. When hard choices must be made it’s important to maintain your concentration and focus, and this is something this time period will make it easy for you to do. Enjoy the assertiveness and confidence it that this self-control and focus brings. Forge ahead and do what you know is best. If you can master yourself then you should have little problem mastering the world and all the things in it.
General: It looks as though a kind, older man may be part of your scenario. This could be a work colleague, or your father or a father-type figure. Perhaps he will be interested in you romantically. If so, don’t rule him out, just because of his age. You may feel that this man sort of “rules with an iron fist” and that can be frustrating at times, but he is trying to help you to see that rules have their place and their reasons – and you will come out all the better for it. Above all else, this man teaches – without even trying, perhaps – the benefits of structure and logic ruling over the emotions and lesser desires.
Work: Work should be going well and your efforts will not be going unnoticed. Pay particular attention to organization, follow-through, and logic. Your results should be stellar. If you are looking for work, now is a time to be dispassionate, to step outside yourself and think about how others see you from a logical point of view; play up the logical reasons why they should hire you. You are likely to be successful in finding work if you make a logical and sustained effort now.
Love: You may find yourself falling for someone who is older than you now. This person is likely to be attracted to order, logic, and organization. The attraction may not be mutual from the very beginning, but if you are patient and persistent, it is likely to grow.
Health: Believe in your right to good health. Be logical about what you are doing to your body. Order and discipline may be helpful. For example, if you are struggling with a health issue, write down your symptoms, track them, and then see if anything in your life corresponds with your systems. Consider an “elimination diet” to check for food intolerances.
Finances: This card shows a need for discipline, logic, and order to make your finances work better for you. What we pay attention to in our life grows. Are you treating your money with respect? Do you know how much you have, where it is going, and so forth? Do not focus on lack now, because lack is then what grows. Pay attention to what you have, and be the best steward of it that you can be.
Spirituality: Be sure to take time out for yourself in order to honor your need for spiritual growth. Do not focus totally on your left-brained aspects (logic, reason, order,) but allow your right brain to have input too. Logic can lead you to the spirit, if you allow this, and if you don’t get too stuck in your logical self. Meditation, (which requires great discipline) will come easier for you now if you make the time and effort.
The Emperor Reversed
Introduction: The Emperor in reverse can tell us that we are giving our heart more credence than what our mind and logic is telling us. In general that is not a bad thing; but ideally we would be balancing both. Use your mind AND your heart, this reversed card tells us. You may be easily distracted now and could find it hard to maintain your concentration and focus. Yet drawing the reversed emperor indicates that concentration and focus is vital now.
General: When you draw the Emperor in reverse, an older man, likely to be dark-haired, may be rubbing you the wrong way now. Try to look beyond his exterior and consider what it is that he may have to offer you that can be of use. Don’t get too irritated if he is trying to tell you what you “should” do; take the parts of his advice which are useful and ignore the rest.
Work: The reversed Emperor can indicate that you are not much in the mood for structured, formal work right now. However, obviously, you may not have a choice. Do the best you can to exhibit the structure and order that your job requires of you, but make sure to give yourself at least little mini-breaks to help yourself cope, if necessary.
Love: Organization or lack thereof can become an issue when the reversed Emperor shows in a reading. If you consider yourself to be an orderly, methodical person, you may have fallen for someone who is not (or that could be about to happen.) Consider where or how compromises can be made. If you don’t the relationship has next to no chance of working.
Health: Again this card in reverse points to a need to get outside advice and to be logical, methodical, and orderly about how you are managing your body and your health. Increased self-discipline may be helpful. If you are struggling with a health issue, insights may come if you take the time to write down your symptoms, track them, and then see if anything in your life corresponds with how you are feeling.
Finances: If you struggle with finances and you have drawn the Emperor reversed, you may well need to seek outside assistance. Look for someone who is good at logic, order, and being methodical in terms of setting up budgets, dealing with taxes and cash flow, and so on. You cannot afford to take a haphazard approach when this card appears in this context.
Spirituality: When the Emperor appears in reverse, it can be a signal that a helpful spiritual advisor, (likely to be male and older than the querent) is nearby. One must be cautious when accepting spiritual advice from a “guru.” No human being is perfect, and it’s important that you listen to your own thoughts and intuition no matter what others say about a guru or teacher who is in, or who will be coming into your life. Learn from this teacher, but do not discard yourself in the process.