Stability, power, protection, realization; a great person; aid, reason, conviction; also authority and will.
Divinatory Meanings - Reversed
Benevolence, compassion, credit; also confusion to enemies, obstruction, immaturity.
He has a form of the Crux ansata for his sceptre and a
globe in his left hand. He is a crowned monarch--commanding, stately,
seated on a throne, the arms of which axe fronted by rams' heads. He is
executive and realization, the power of this world, here clothed with
the highest of its natural attributes. He is occasionally represented as
seated on a cubic stone, which, however, confuses some of the issues.
He is the virile power, to which the Empress responds, and in this sense
is he who seeks to remove the Veil of Isis; yet she remains virgo intacta.
should be understood that this card and that of the Empress do not
precisely represent the condition of married life, though this state is
implied. On the surface, as I have indicated, they stand for mundane
royalty, uplifted on the seats of the mighty; but above this there is
the suggestion of another presence. They signify also--and the male
figure especially--the higher kingship, occupying the intellectual
throne. Hereof is the lordship of thought rather than of the animal
world. Both personalities, after their own manner, are "full of strange
experience," but theirs is not consciously the wisdom which draws from a
higher world. The Emperor has been described as (a) will in its
embodied form, but this is only one of its applications, and (b) as an
expression of virtualities contained in the Absolute Being--but this is
4. The Emperor, by imputation the spouse of the former.
He is occasionally represented as wearing, in addition to his personal
insignia, the stars or ribbons of some order of chivalry. I mention this
to shew that the cards are a medley of old and new emblems. Those who
insist upon the evidence of the one may deal, if they can, with the
other. No effectual argument for the antiquity of a particular design
can be drawn from the fact that it incorporates old material; but there
is also none which can be based on sporadic novelties, the intervention
of which may signify only the unintelligent hand of an editor or of a