The Emperor reversed from the Major Arcana tarot deck is quite obviously a masculine card. Presented as a bearded King upon a throne, The Emperor shows his stability and need to rule. He holds an Ankh and an Orb; core symbols of Egyptian theology. First impressions of The Emperor remind us of mythological kings, sat upon their throne, bearded and crowned. In reverse, The Emperor tarot card takes his authority to a new level. Expect misuse of power, or themes relating to somebody taking their control too far. The Emperor has absolute power. As well as signifying somebody else, it may also point to you. Are you acting within your bounds? Is it possible that you are infringing the rights and comfort of others? This tarot card certainly signifies so.
Below, you will find details of the meanings of The Emperor reversed. But first…
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The Reversed Emperor in a sentence
The Reversed Emperor represents a misuse of power, dictatorship, and overbearing authority.
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The Reversed Emperor in a time-based position
Past – When the this tarot card shows up reversed in the past position, he can represent an overbearing male influence in your younger life. Possibly a teacher or relative you didn’t get on with. it’s likely that this person isn’t in your life now, though if they are, it might be good for you to distance yourself further, as their influence is still affecting you, even if this is just down to you remembering past events. You need to cut the past and break free.
Present – This tarot card in the present position can represent your current life being out of balance, likely due to somebody else’s selfish tendencies. If you have a shared responsibility, make sure everybody is pulling their weight. Sometimes people like to take leadership positions without the qualifications; they expect others to listen to them and follow when they haven’t earned any respect. Don’t be this person, and don’t follow their instructions. You need to break free from any constraint and forge your own path.
Future – The Emperor, when reversed in the future position suggests a potential cause of strife in the future if you don’t stand up for yourself. Don’t be a pushover. Nobody owns you. If you think what you are doing is right, then keep doing it, and make sure you take the credit for it.
The Reversed Emperor in regards to life issues
Work / Education – The emperor tarot card represents a high-pressure career, and likely a path that is not for you. Consider if you’re choosing this career path based on your values, and not just because it pays well. consider how you can tie your passions into your life if you want to be happy.
Romance – The Emperor in reverse in relationships can represent a one-sided deal; likely on the male side, though not always. Understand that there should be a fair balance, and whether this is your partner or yourself who is overbearing in any aspect; that you should calm down and think things over first. Nobody likes being told what to do, whether this is just gentle nagging or a direct order. Don’t resent your partner, and don’t make them resent you. If you’re single, now isn’t the time.
Friends – Even when reversed, The Emperor sits alone on his throne. Now might be a time to work on yourself instead of going out with your friends. You might need a break from each other, especially if there has been a recent argument or misunderstanding. Take some time to reflect on your values as a person.
Money – The emperor tarot card and finance are a bad combination. Are you giving your money to somebody who is misusing it? Likewise, are you being careful with your own finances? Be careful with your money, now isn’t the time for frivolous spending. Your money is yours too, so don’t let anybody have it unless you choose to give it to them.
Health – When reversed the Emperor reminds you to take care of your body, as you may currently be pushing yourself beyond your limits. We don’t feel it in the short term, but too much excess can make our lives much harder later on. We look for instant gratification because we think we know better, but you are only making things difficult for yourself. Treat your body and mind well, especially if you’re slacking on that regard.
Spirituality and Mentality – In reverse, the emperor tarot card asks you to look at beliefs and see if you really trust them. Consider your own as well as more established beliefs and ways of living. Is it for you? You don’t have to be a vegan or be a meat eater, for instance. You don’t have to be a Christian or a Muslim. Morality and belief are both personal elements of your life that you grow based on experience. Importantly; Challenge what you are told.
The Emperor Upright – Major Arcana
Keywords for The Reversed Emperor
Tyranny, Misuse, Lies, Domination
Other associations of The Reversed Emperor
As a Yes or No question: Yes