The Emperor is a symbol of stability, power, and protection. He represents a great person who is able to provide aid, reason, and conviction. The card also represents authority and will, suggesting that the Querent may need to assert their authority and take charge in their life. The Emperor may also represent the realization of the Querent's goals and aspirations, indicating that they have the power and determination to achieve their dreams.
When the Emperor card is in the reversed position, it can indicate positive traits such as benevolence and compassion. The card may suggest that the Querent is able to show kindness and understanding to others, and may earn credit for their efforts. The Emperor in this position may also represent confusion to enemies, indicating that the Querent may be able to outmaneuver those who seek to harm them. However, the card can also indicate obstruction and immaturity, suggesting that the Querent may need to work on their assertiveness and take charge in their life.
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.\nIt 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 fantasy.