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Judgement Tarot Card
What does the Judgement Tarot Card mean?
  • By Gemma Irias
  • Published: 08/09/20 8:35 PM EDT
  • Updated: 11/01/20 2:40 PM EST
What does the Judgement Tarot Card mean?

Emperor Tarot Card Meaning

The Emperor sits firmly on his throne, set in a mountain range of gold. The sky is beginning to turn red like the world is on fire. The arms of this thrones have ram’s heads carved into them. He wears a gold crown decorated with precious gems, but it looks more like a helmet. His long white beard stands out against his red robes. Though slightly concealed, you can notice parts of blue clothing under his robe.

On the lower part of his body, he has armor. In his right hand, leading to righteousness, he holds a gold scepter which resembles an ankh, symbolizing life. The hand that leads to the profane, holds a gold orb.

The Emperor is a sign of masculine energy. Because of his years, he has gained wisdom and is also determined. He lives his fast-paced life with passion and zest. His concealed clothes also show that he has a spiritual and intuitive side, yet his armor means he is prepared for the battle. Although his world is desolate, he remains protective of it.

This card indicates your strength and decisiveness. You have conquered something or someone, just as the Emperor has conquered other territories. Nevertheless, the Emperor does not abandon what he has gained, he will continue to look after it.

You too will have gained something but continue to take care of it. You might have a leadership role or the wise counsel, perhaps you are the breadwinner. If you are part of a pack or union, you may well be the eldest, the wisest, or both.

The Emperor will instill a sense of order where previously there hasn’t been any. If you have drawn this card, it’s because you too are structuring things and are concentrating on achieving the goal. It may be that you are competing to acquire material objects.

This card in a tarot meaning may indicate that you have a male authority figure in your life. This person might offer your support or have some control over you. As the Emperor has all of the gold (or power) you may feel envious and want to reclaim it.

When Reversed:

There is a dark side to the power when the Emperor is reversed. There could be aspects of your life where you dictate, or you abuse the power you have. It might also imply that you lead people to think you have more power than you actually have. Power games are played as you might not feel you have the capability to lead.

On the other hand, you could be the person who is feeling the power of someone else’s control and that you give up power too easily under the pressure.

He is a leader of a good example, but in this position the Emperor is sanctimonious. You might be demanding a level of self-discipline in others that you do not have yourself. Perhaps you can be disrespectful but demand respect from others. The reversal of this card points to a bad example for other people.


There has been a strong paternal figure in your life, not necessarily your father, it could also have been a teacher. This person will have taught you valuable things that are still useful to you now. The traditional values of the Emperor suggest you have had an upbringing where rules matter.


There is a powerful element of rules that must be followed or a strong person you should look to for guidance when taking on a fresh way to structure yourself and your thoughts. You may meet a famous person who you once idolized.


You can look forward to stability in your future. You might experience a change in your perspectives towards what stability means. You may see politics in a different light or following the rules instead of trying new ways. The dedication to your field has led you to become an expert at what you do.

Yes/No Question:

The answer is yes.

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