4 - The Emperor Tarot Card

The Emperor is tarot card number 4, although it is the 5th card of the Major Arcana because the 1st of the 22 Major Arcana cards is number 0 (The Fool).

The Emperor tarot card is probably the most regal card in the tarot deck (more so than any of the four Kings). A major theme of this card is that of fair and logical authority arising from discipline and a strong character.

The Emperor himself is usually depicted sat on an elabourate throne while holding symbolic objects that represent his royalty and authority.

When the Emperor tarot card appears in a reading, the card may refer to a person - possibly the querent (which is another word for the sitter), or to a significant influence on the sitter - especially a male person in authority such as a father, grandfather, boss, business executive, or official.

Alternatively, the presence of the Emperor tarot card in a spread or reading might indicated the need for a supportive authoritatively balancing influence in the situation. It may also invite questions about the extent to which the situation is sufficiently, or excessively, organized.

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