Deck: The Witches Tarot
Spread: Card of the Day
Date: Thu Feb 19 08:49:40 EST 2015
IV • The Emperor (Reversed)
The wise Emperor watches over his children as they play happily in the background. To denote his power, he holds a scepter topped by an ankh in his right hand. In his left hand he holds a globe. He wears a purple cape to represent his sovereignty. The mountains behind him symbolize his strength and steadfastness. The Emperor is surveying the scene and considering his options and plans for the future. He is a wise, kind ruler and a loving father figure. This card has the astrological association of Aries, which is represented by the ram’s heads in the carved arms of the throne and the Aries symbol on the Emperor’s armor.
This is the masculine characteristic of deity, the God aspect and the divine father. The purple tulips in the foreground symbolize royalty, while the blooming sorrel growing at his feet represents parental affection. Interestingly, the Emperor has no weapons and instead uses the power of his wisdom and experience to rule and to keep the peace.
This card may symbolize a leader of a family or a magickal group—a responsible, balanced person. Just as the Emperor is doing in this card, you should calmly survey your situation and carefully consider your options. This card may stand for your boss at work (no matter what their gender), not just a husband or a father. The Emperor card will often appear in a reading when you are up for a promotion at work, about to earn a higher degree in your coven, or even if you are taking a new job with better prospects. If you find yourself standing as the head of the family or coven and are the peacemaker and arbitrator, it is possible this card may represent your role within the group. It can also symbolize your leadership within a family dynamic or at your place of employment.
Keywords: Leader of a family or coven. Father figure, family man, loving husband and/or father. Sovereignty, reason. Masculine energy, protection. A responsible and balanced person.
Deity Associations: Osirus, Zeus, Jupiter, Divine Father.
Astrological Association: Aries.
Reversed: Lack of self-discipline, authority issues, inferiority, issues with parents.