The Emperor

The Emperor

Keywords for The Emperor Tarot Card

  • Action, discipline, strategy
  • A solid foundation from Doing The Work
  • To give (or command) respect
  • Reason, authority, will, ambition


The Emperor is the “father figure” of the tarot cards, partnered with the motherly Empress. This card represents active, outwardly-focused energy of vision combined with discipline and perseverance.

Traditionally, this card shows an older man sitting on a throne carved with rams, staring boldly ahead. He sits more solidly than any of the King court cards and confronts your gaze directly. The Emperor won’t back down. In this deck, the emperor penguin stares at you while protecting his young. A partially finished igloo rests in the background representing the hard work required to reach success.


He’s the being you want in your reading, or in your life, when you are looking for practical, logical, and steady guidance. There’s nothing wild here – it’s all solid ambition, discipline, and honest hard work. This card arrives when it’s time to take hands-on, practical action toward your ambitious goals. You MUST do the hard work required to see success. Half-measures won’t do. You must commit to your dreams, with discipline, passion, and strategy.

Occasionally, this card indicates an actual person in your life who has the role of father figure, boss, or protector.


Keywords for The Emperor Reversed

  • Oppressive or tyrannical leadership
  • Problems with ego, power, or maturity

Time to make a plan and do the work



  • The original was painted on 11x14 high quality 140lb watercolor paper with Turner watercolor paints.
  • Signature is hidden in the painting. 
  • Your original painting will come with a certificate of authenticity and a backing board, wrapped in plastic.
  • The painting is vertically oriented.


High quality reproductions are also available in 11x14 and 8x10 or 5x7 (with slight cropping) on an excellent quality linen paper which will retain it's true colors for many years.