MAJOR ARCANA NUMBER 4
ASTROLOGICAL SIGN or PLANET: ARIES, JUPITER
The Emperor card, Major Arcana, represents leadership and a father figure. It signifies the importance of keeping an inner balance, self-reliance and trusting in your own judgment. It also indicates that there is going to be change in your life. This card may indicate that you will be put into a position of authority over others. You or some other individual close to you can turn chaos into order, teach and protect, although they lean to the stern side of their natures. You hold strong to your convictions, yet there is a danger of becoming a tyrant. You prefer order and control; reason rules over your feelings and emotions. This is a positive card, but be prepared to take control and make appropriate changes in your life to attain your goals.
In the reversed position, the Emperor card can signify dominance, immaturity, lack of inner strength and indecisive behavior. You or another individual prefer to dominate or bully other people, which only speaks to insecurity. Feelings and emotions may rule over practicality, which will allow obstructions to get in the way of goals. Defeat in personal battles is certain because of confusion about who the enemies are and the fact that emotions rule decision-making. There is hostility toward authority and discord is the environment that prevails. Do not take on too much; it is important to find balance. The card also serves as a warning that someone around you is going to use you for his own personal gain. You may be unaware at the time you are being deceived.