4 | emperor


General Aspects:

Patriarchal, conquerors, man-made laws, speaking, discipline, duality, antithesis


The EMPEROR in the medieval deck is the patriarch, ruler of the kingdom and the household. An unquestioned founder of the law, he represents watchfulness, supervision, control. The EMPEROR bears the orb, symbol of the 'divine right of kings' in his hand. He believes that he rules the world with divine authority. He controls all emotion by logical reason. The trustworthy lion of instinctive power helps guard his throne.

Interpreted use:

Revolution is past due. You have the need and ability to temper your reason with your emotions. Do it!

Reversed (card received upside down):

The EMPEROR is the ruler who believes in his divine right to rule. Who do you think you are?