The Emperor – Card no 4 in the deck

Emperor Tarot Symbols

Throne, ram’s heads, orb and scepter. Sometimes an eagle.

The Emperor can be a trailblazer, one to create the New Way, but he has learn how to use the existing structures to make it happen (or to create his own structures, and convince people to adopt them). It takes a lot of self-determination and self-belief to be the one to say—and fight for—a new system or a new way of doing things. There might be friction on the way, and understanding or learning how to work within the existing systems to accomplish incredible things is the hallmark of a successful Emperor. In this archetype, you have to diverge a bit from regulating the desires of your community… you may actually need to lead them in a direction they aren’t comfortable with, because you can see the bigger picture, and how to get it done.

It reflects individuals who had a greater social mission. Martin Luther King Jr., Elizabeth Warren, John F. Kennedy, The Dalai Llama, Princess Diana, Abraham Lincoln, and Nelson Mandela were names that came to mind. Men and women who knew how to focus on a big vision for a better world, and who were willing to show others — by the power of their own integrity and example — how to fight for it.


Card Number: 4
Key Number: 15
Rulership: Aries
Hebrew Letter: Heh
Translation: Window
Numerical Value: 12
Astrological Associations: Scorpio

To be warned that death is the great leveler:

The first part is Isaiah 38,1 which in Luther’s translation sounds: »[…] Bestelle dein Haus, denn du wirst sterben und nicht am Leben bleiben.«. In English: »In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death. And Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz came unto him, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Set thine house in order: for thou shalt die, and not live«.