The Emperor Tarot Card Meaning

Have you had the Emperor Tarot card in your reading and don’t know what it means? Maybe you want to know if there is an alternative meaning to the one you were given?

Or are you curious about the card and want to know more? No matter the reason that brought you here today, we have the answer for you! 

Understanding what your Tarot reading means can be challenging. There are lots of possible meanings for each card, and with so many conflicting opinions online, you can end up confused and frustrated, unsure where to turn or who to trust. 

Well, no more! Today, we are here with the answers you need. Keep reading to see all the possible meanings for the upright and reversed Emperor Tarot card and become an expert today!

Upright Emperor Tarot Card General Meaning 

Generally, the upright Emperor Tarot card represents a wealthy older man who is successful in business. He is a stable, solid, powerful, and grounded protector who has tendencies to be stubborn and rigid.

The card suggests a father figure or an older man you are romantically involved with. 

He is a hard taskmaster and often has little time for any fun or frivolous tasks. Children of this man might struggle to meet their fathers’ high expectations, suffering with their self-esteem as a result. 

If the card appears in a past position, this father figure might have had your best interests at heart, but struggled to show affection and came across as rather authoritarian-like. 

If the card appears in the present or future, then it is a far better omen. It suggests a wise older man will provide you with solid advice. Make sure you follow this advice as it should steer you in the right direction.

If the Emperor card isn’t representing a person, then it represents your life. The card suggests you view logic over any emotion and consult your mind before your heart. For your dreams to come true you need stability, structure, concentration, and focus. 

The card can also represent fatherhood, which is a good sign if you are thinking about starting a family. 

Now that we have looked at the general meaning of this card, let’s dive in to look closely at some of the meanings when the card appears in your reading! 


Health-wise, the card suggests you are being too hard on yourself. Now is the time to reduce or stop any activities that are too harsh on your body. Avoid those workouts that feel like torture and focus on being kind to yourself. 

It is better to work within your energy levels than push too hard and end up injuring or burning yourself out. 

If you are experiencing any health issues, approach any treatment plans logically. It is better to seek medical advice and get the help you need than to ‘suck it up’ and continue with your day in pain. 

Love And Relationships

The Emperor card is a good omen for those in relationships. If you have had relationship problems recently, they are about to improve! You can expect stability to return to your relationship. 

If you are single and attracted to men. The Emperor card suggests a relationship with an older man is in your future! This man will be a good influence, but romance isn’t his strong point.

Instead, you can expect him to be practical, protective, and dependable. He will like routine, logic, order, and structure. 

If you are attracted to women, the Emperor card suggests you need to be more open with your emotions. Instead of waiting or expecting her to guess how you are feeling, tell her. It can be tricky, but it is the only way to build an open and honest relationship. 

Money And Career 

Career-wise, the card suggests your hard work is about to get noticed! Soon you will reap the rewards for your success, usually with a status change! You will need some perseverance, concentration, and focus here to get you where you want to be. 

If you are looking for work, stay persistent and logical in your pursuit. There are good opportunities on their way that will provide you with stability and structure in your career.

The Emperor card can also be a sign that an older male boss or colleague will provide support and guidance to you. Make sure you accept their support, as it is unlikely to lead you away from success. 

Financially the card suggests now is the time to be responsible with your finances. Keep your spending under control and watch where your money is going without being a tyrant. There is a balance to be had here!


The upright Emperor card suggests you are neglecting your spiritual side and focusing more on the material or physical side. It is time to make space in your life for spiritual pursuits and stop the logical part of your mind from taking over.

If you are currently pursuing spiritual goals or activities, the card is a sign to the ground and protect yourself! 

Reversed Emperor Tarot Card General Meaning 

The reversed Emperor Tarot card has a slightly different meaning, so let’s take a look at it now! 

Generally, the card suggests there is an older man or person in your life abusing their power. They might be leaving you feeling powerless or rebellious against their authoritarian rule.

They might be trying to provide you with solid guidance, but their dominating behavior means the guidance is lost! 

You need to remain calm and logical when dealing with this person. Take parts of the advice that can help you, and leave the rest. You can also stand up to this person, but remain logical and calm when you do as this is the best way to achieve results with them! 

The card also suggests there is a father figure that has abandoned you or let you down. If the card doesn’t refer to a person, then you are letting your heart overrule your head and need to balance your emotions with your logical side. 

You might also have a lack of self-control and need more structure in your life. The card can also indicate you have some questions about paternity or paternity issues. You must resolve these for the sake of your well-being and the childs. 


The reversed Emperor card suggests you have caused yourself unnecessary stress by being too rigid with your routine. You might have a poor sleeping pattern or headaches because of this.

Pushing yourself too far can also cause injuries, so you might allow yourself time to relax. Don’t be afraid to loosen up your routine from time to time!

If you have not been looking after yourself, the card can suggest you need to become more disciplined to become more healthy. 

Love And Relationships

The reversed Emperor card suggests there is an imbalance of power in your relationship that is making you unhappy or causing conflict. One partner might be controlling the other, being possessive, or dominating, leaving the other partner feeling trapped. 

The card also suggests there needs to be a balance between wanting structure in your relationship and becoming controlling. You must learn to compromise here to resolve any issues and keep both you and your partner happy. 

If you are single, the card suggests your father’s issues are causing destructive patterns when you choose a partner. These need to be resolved for your own happiness, and to protect you from people that would take advantage of you! 

The reversed Emperor can also suggest a lack of commitment, a lack of monogamy, and flitting between partners, which is the opposite of everything the upright Emperor card represents!

Money And Career 

Career-wise, the reversed Emperor card suggests a lack of focus, organization, and consistency which is causing problems at work. If restrictions that work has imposed on you are becoming an issue, it might be time to look for a field or role that offers more freedom!

Or it might be time to take the plunge and become your own boss. You must consider all the options available to you before you take the plunge. 

Financially, the card suggests you are struggling to take control of your finances. It is worth seeking the help of a professional to help you get back in control of your money! 


The reversed card suggests you want to explore different spiritual paths. While this is good, you must only focus on yourself and what is good for you. If you meet with spiritual advisors, make sure you focus only on what is right for you and your journey. 

Final Thoughts 

And there you have it, all the possible meanings of the Emperor card! Whether you are looking for a relationship, stability in your career, or new spiritual paths, the Emperor card is a sign that is on its way, providing you focus and put the hard work in. 

Zhara O’Brien
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