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Key Meanings: Control, security, order, and ambition.

Do you have things you’d like to do, but you’re held back from getting started because you fear you may not succeed?

I’ve done a lot of international traveling on my own recently. It wasn’t an easy decision to make, to go off traveling on my own, but as The Emperor kept appearing in my readings, I knew I could make a success of it.

So to continue our look at the Major Arcana, I thought I’d share some details about this very strong and dynamic card with you, and how to better interpret his appearance in your readings.

The Emperor can represent a man of significance in your life, such as a husband or lover, or perhaps a father or close friend. In a positive sense, the card signifies that this man will stand by you and give you the support you need.

The Emperor represents a powerful ally, someone who can influence people and events in their own favor, and is often a man of authority or position such as a boss, or professional advisor.

If the Emperor appears amidst more negative cards however, it may be a warning that a certain man is being too bossy or domineering towards you, or perhaps you are the one exhibiting these ‘qualities’ towards another.

Taking note of the cards that surround The Emperor in your readings can help you understand whether the man it could be representing is a positive or negative influence on your life.

Alternatively, The Emperor’s appearance in your readings may suggest that it is time for you to harness this somewhat ‘masculine’ power within yourself and express your own authority.

If you are faced with a key choice or decision and The Emperor appears, it’s probably time for you to find the courage and confidence required to influence people and events in your favour and ensure your success.

The Emperor is often associated with Aries, which is a strong and assertive astrological fire sign.

So look out for this powerful ally in your readings, and allow yourself to show your strength and assertiveness when it’s needed.