Tarot: 4 The Emperor

Effect, Cause or Development, Father Figure, Cosmic Memory of Family Life

A.E. Thierens reminds us of a fundamental but long forgotten truth:

“This chosen dignitary was nothing of a tyrant, originally, nor did he have anything to do with rulership or warfare: he was simply the highest and most pure expression of the soul of the people or nation.”

Originally, an emperor is entirely different than the oppressive, hierarchical political leader we’re accustomed to. He didn’t control the wealth while the masses suffered under labor and poverty. And the people weren’t forced or coerced into submitting to his ruling decisions.

In the pure institution, he was elected by the people for his moral wisdom, ethical principles as well as his help, assistance, aid and relief. Sometimes he even lived in poverty. Why?

Because he ruled from the inner power of the soul, where true wealth, love and power reside. Therefore, he and his people enjoyed a stable life of security and comfort.

The Emperor is the true father figure. He relates to the significance of karma, social traditions, family and attachments, as well as our inner hopes, expectations and ideals for our social and family life based on cosmic memory.

The Emperor by Artist Unknown [If you know the name of this deck, please contact me], Shadowscapes, The Labyrinth Tarot and Thoth Tarot, intuitivefish.com
The Emperor by Artist Unknown [If you know the name of this deck, please contact me], Shadowscapes, The Labyrinth Tarot and Thoth Tarot, intuitivefish.com

When The Emperor Shows Up In A Reading

Health and Body Image: You might want to consider past life regression therapy, dealing with any father issues, or you might want to consider going to family counseling. You can likely count on effective assistance from a particular authority; but ultimately, the responsibility for your well-being and vitality resides within you. Develop a health routine that results in health, wellness and vitality.

Occupation and Finances: Don’t forget to trust and rely on your inner drive and higher ambitions to provide what you need to create your best, ideal work. Break out of any antiquated ruts by following your personal ideals.

Relationships: The Emperor symbolizes a father type figure who’s genuinely benevolent to his family and society. When you truly care for another, you’re inclined to confidently establish your personal authority, authentic principles and boundaries in a relationship; then, reinforce them with firm consequences. This creates a foundation of trust and respect, as well as allows a sense of safety to flourish, in order for genuine, vulnerable love to flow.

Hidden Meaning: Earthly family relationships are just as vital as your soul family. In fact, some members of your external family or close friendships may be your soul family. You’ve incarnated into many lifetimes together with your soul family, and you’ve had many life experiences together, over aeons.

Reversed: A reversed Emperor likely indicates a lack of control or authority over your “kingdom” which might be your business, home and family, or your own life. Maybe you’ve allowed others to dictate who you are, the direction you’re going, or how you spend your time. To compensate, you might swing the other direction and attempt to manipulate someone into fulfilling your wishes. Someone might feel an authority or loved one doesn’t have their best interests at heart. They might fear the loss of autonomy or control over their own life so they immaturely lash out to avoid feeling confined or restricted, and regain control of their freedom. The Emperor’s advice is to stop trying to control someone or something, as this only results in further loss of or disrespect toward your authority. Also, don’t run from a challenge. Establish your personal foundation of trust and support, then step back and allow things to be as they are, and to unfold as they will. Let go of predictable, rigid or structured restrictions, and embrace softer compromises. Release expectations and beliefs of how things “should” be. Regain respect for your authority by accepting others as they are without trying to change them.

Advice: The inner force of your soul is the thing that creates your reality, based on karmic memory. You can allow your soul aspirations to develop your most secure, productive, and authentic family and social life. Follow any inner inspirations especially when they lead to helping, supporting, protecting or comforting a family member. Create beautiful experiences that are true to yourself, because these will become new memories and affect future experiences.

Astrological Association: Sun, Saturn

Timing: “Major Arcanas mean that no timeframe is specified but instead the issue indicated by the card must first be resolved. Reversals should be noted, as with this system they represent obstacles that must be overcome before the event can occur.” – Barbara Moore

Yes or No: Sure Bet

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