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The Emperor Upright Meaning

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The Emperor of a nation sits confidently on a stone throne wearing a crown and a red robe. The feet wear armor symbolizing strict discipline, indicating that he is always in a state of readiness. In his left hand, he holds a precious ball, while in his right hand, he holds the scepter, a symbol of royalty, which is molded in the shape of the ancient Egyptian cross, a symbol of the soul after the death of the physical body in ancient Egypt. It represents the unification of masculine and feminine energies and is one of the most powerful Egyptian emblems.


The throne is adorned with four heads of white rams appearing above his seat and below his hands, and the Emperor's card is the very card that represents the sign of Aries. Aries is the first of the twelve signs of the Zodiac and is characterized by bravery, aggressiveness, ambition and self-confidence. The red robes with the orange background presenting the dominant color of red coincides with the characteristics of Aries, the sign of the zodiac, and one of the subjects of Aries is learning self-discipline. Before you can effectively lead others, as well as earn their respect, you need to be able to train yourself, which includes training the temper, energy, emotions as well as the mind.


And the Emperor card symbolizes a person with Aries traits. Often down-to-earth, practical, frank and rational when problems arise, so he can be a solid businessman, military commander or strict father. He learns by doing and has little patience for elaborate theories.


The grim mountain in the background symbolizes the difficult road ahead. We can compare the backgrounds of the Emperor and the Empress, one with the grim mountains and the other with the bountiful earth, creating a complementary situation.


Card meanings


The Emperor is authoritative, self-centered and powerful, corresponding to Aries in astrology and Zeus in Greek mythology, however, this Emperor is not necessarily as flirtatious as Zeus. From an Eastern mythological point of view, he can be regarded as the Jade Emperor or the Yellow Emperor. From a historical point of view, the emperor is like every ruler in history who has ruled over his people. From a modern point of view, the Emperor is the President or the Big Boss, a submissive role. The Empress symbolizes the mother, while the Emperor symbolizes the father, with the father and mother complementing each other as yin and yang. Here the Emperor is the traditional strict father, very different from the new modern good father. He is the one who teaches his children social norms and obedience, and will chase and beat them with a cane if they disobey. Usually he is also a rational character who is not good at expressing emotions. Further, we should not only think of him as a "father" in the narrow sense, but the Emperor card actually contains a wide range of "father figures" in the world. It can represent any powerful, self-restrained leader or authority figure who lacks emotional communication.


Jung said, "The Father represents moral precepts and prohibitions. The Emperor is an unabashedly authoritative role, number 4, of stability and order, like a table, which must have four feet to stand on. Therefore the Emperor prefers order, norms and stability and has supreme power. In order to rule the country, he must put his personal feelings away and use an iron fist to control the social order so that the country will not fall apart. When necessary, he must even take drastic measures, enacting laws and prohibitions, and acting with great force. The emperor can be a wise and prudent ruler, or a tyrant who victimizes his people. Just as there are good and bad laws, the emperor can be good or bad.


The Emperor represents the archetypal father. He symbolizes the laws, the structure of society, and the stability of society that allows the mind to develop. The Emperor can represent the person who enforces these laws, such as a judge, a policeman, an employer, a landlord, or anyone who has to maintain order and structure in a situation. Usually the emperor represents a person of integrity, fairness and practicality. Assuming he gives you advice, his advice comes from his own personal experience. He has a tendency to be a bit arbitrary, but when he makes a promise, he is, usually, trustworthy. And when you make a promise, he will expect you to fulfill it, and if you don't, he won't give you a second chance.


The Emperor implies success through self-discipline and practical effort. It can represent a time in your life when you were fairly stable and organized. This card can suggest running into someone who is above you in status and power, such as a judge, a police officer, a father, or someone who is a father figure. In order to succeed, now is the time for you to take a pragmatic approach to life. You're surrounded by people who place limitations on you, but if you work within those limitations, you can still achieve your goals.


The Emperor describes a practical, arbitrary and often disciplined person. He is a great provider of material things, but expressing emotions is not easy for him. Romance and dreams do not appeal to this man because he prefers what he can see and touch. Assuming he cannot see or touch it, he is unlikely to believe in it.


In specific divination, the Emperor may represent someone who is an authoritative father figure, or someone who has great influence over the person in question, usually someone in a position of power. If the situation is good, the Emperor can be helpful; if it is bad, the Emperor may exert control over the person in question, causing them to lose their freedom and suffer. Alternatively, the Emperor may represent a period of stability and self-discipline, where the person concerned is able to uphold the Emperor's attitude and achieve his or her goals with strict discipline. During this period, the person concerned mostly adopts rational analysis rather than listening to emotions and intuition, and he can open up new territories like the Emperor, and maintain stability and success. At work, this person may adopt the Emperor's strategy, leading people with authority and professionalism, and demanding more from himself. As for emotion, the Emperor card may suggest that the man is taking the initiative or there is a lack of emotional communication between the two of them. If the Emperor card represents a husband or lover, the husband or lover, although responsible, will not be sweet, but will take over the role of a strict father, which is a bit awe-inspiring, and may want to control the other party when the situation is not good.


One partner in a gender relationship usually takes on the role of a father figure to ensure that he can navigate the relationship, especially on a material level. He may be more repressed because he has a hard time understanding the unseen. Upon encountering a partner who asks more of him, he may say, "What do you really want? You have a nice home, a new car and all the things you want, what else do you really need?" If it's emotional needs that your partner is interested in, that's going to be a problem for him. Because for him, giving means giving something specific.


With the appearance of the upright Emperor card in a spread concerning financial matters, then success is assured. He implies that you are sufficiently disciplined to know the outcome at the time of establishing your goals. When this card appears in a young man's deck, he may have, or be about to, take over the responsibility of running the business from someone. He may also have been an elder who is seeking to share his experience with some young person who is enthusiastic, as well as determined to succeed. Entrepreneurship requires a pragmatic structure before it can be realized, and it is with discipline and commitment that the Emperor card provides this structure. This is an opportunity to bring spiritual-level concepts, creative ideas, pre-existing laws, and measurable methods into real life.


This card can also describe the discipline you have in your time and finances in order to grow in your career. Perhaps you currently have a full-time job, but continue to learn in order to be more competitive in the workplace. When the Emperor card appears, it represents financial stability that comes from discipline as well as effective spending control.

Core Tip

The Emperor card means success through self-control. Regardless, the Emperor understands that freedom comes from discipline, and those who lack self-discipline are usually taught life lessons.
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Knowledge Expansion

Because of self-discipline and a preference for hard work, one can usually be successful in doing things and in business.
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Card Meaning Extension

The main colors of this card are red and orange, symbolizing enthusiasm and zeal for life.
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