The Emperor (Aries)

Happy Birthday Aries, and welcome SPRING!!!! It’s time for some fresh new energy and action ’round here! 🙂

The Major Arcana card associated with the sign of Aries (ruled by the fiery planet Mars) is none other than the tarot_4_the_emperor1Emperor. Carrying the energy of the number 4, The Emperor is all about structure, foundation, action with purpose and being accountable for your actions.

In the Emperor we find qualities of leadership, authority, problem solving, truth seeking and “law & order”, as well as the “Great Father” archetype. He is an impartial ruler and protector of the oppressed. Jungian psychology connects the Emperor with the animus, or masculine aspect of feminine energy, which helps us act on and express our own thoughts and ideas. Through the Emperor our attention is called to how we “rule” our lives, how we order, organize and motivate ourselves in our activities.

From the article “Karmic Astrology” by Martin Schulman:

” And it was morning as God stood before his twelve children and into each of them planted a seed of human life. One by one each child stepped forward to receive his individual gift. To you, Aries, I give my seed first that you might have the honor of planting it. That for every seed you plant one million more will grow in your hand. You will not have the time to see the seed grow for everything you plant creates more that must be planted. You will be the first to penetrate the soil of men’s minds with My idea. But it is not your job to nourish the idea nor to question it. Your life is action and the only action I ascribe to you is to begin making men aware of My creation. For your good work I will give you the Virtue of Self-Esteem.”


Egyptian "God of Kings" Amun-Ra



On the Emperor’s throne we see the symbol of two ram’s heads. These symbols associate the Emperor with the Egyptian god Amun-Ra, and indicate his reminder to us that we have the power to set and follow our own goals. This card also contains references to the Egyptian god Zeus, as well as the mythological story of the retrieval of the golden fleece in “Jason and the Argonauts”.




Focusing on the image of the Emperor, think about what “seeds” you wish to plant in your life. Know that you have the power and the ability to make great things happen all around you. Even though you may not want to (or be able to) stick around and watch ALL those seeds you’ve planted grow to maturity, your task may only be to “get the ball rolling” for some of them; or to be an inspiration to others. All that fire energy behind the Emperor commands a call to action. Be bold, go out there and make your desires known. Form a solid, structured plan, then follow through with action!

Some keywords:

Structure, order, impartiality, truth, law, father, protector, defender, authority, regulation


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