This is an article in a series in blog posts…. the “The Major Arcana In-Depth” series! Every few weeks I will be featuring one card of the Major Arcana, from the Fool to the World. Come take a tarot journey with me!
To learn about the Major Arcana overall and the first card in the Major Arcana, The Fool, go here.
To learn about the Magician, go here.
To learn about the High Priestess, go here.
To learn about the Empress, go here.
The Emperor in Control
The Emperor is the ruler, the father figure, the head honcho of the tarot. He is the one that ultimately decides things and sees fit on how to rule. He may be a figurehead, or he may be someone with all the power. The Emperor, on a good day, realizes that he is nothing without loyal subjects, and that it is often the will of the people that keeps him on his throne (dictatorship or not… majority rule is a big factor). He also knows, if he is wise, that though the power may seem to come from him as well as the decisions, he chooses to surround himself with a great staff, cabinet, conglomerate, or round table of associates to bounce his ideas off of. If you are looking for an Emperor figure in mythology and legends, look no further than Arthur of Camelot or other mythical kings. Depending on the deck you use, you may find that those very same kings ARE depicted as the Emperor card for that deck, such as Bran the Blessed in the Llewellyn Tarot based on Welsh mythology.