Journey of “The Emperor” – Major Arcana V

Article by Darshan.S

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On a throne made of stone sits a white bearded man. He is wearing royal robes underneath a suit of armor. He wears a crown on his head, holds a golden staff in his right hand and a globe in his left. The sky below him glows an orange hue.

His long beard indicates the wisdom accrued through his lifetime. The crown indicates the status and power that he holds coupled with the staff and globe which represent his authority.

The symbol of the ram ornate his throne. He chooses his throne for pure functionality and not style. This imposing looking man is practical, powerful and fearlessness. He puts on his armor beneath his robe as he is ready to battle if the need arises. The Emperor is prepared and is not afraid to go into battle, defend his position or attack his enemies. This is a man who is aware of his duties and has the capability to fulfill them.

Signs that you lack the energy of “The Emperor”
Journey of "The Emperor" - Major Arcana V

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  • Over-use or abuse of authoritative power
  • Rigidity in thinking.
  • A need for control arising out of insecurities
  • Feeling powerless
  • Problems with fatherly figures
  • Conflict with officials
  • Routine
  • Lack of self-control
  • Lack of ambition
  • Inability to deal with any kind of authority.
  • Overbearing and dominating partners
  • Disconnected
  • Severity
  • Distancing self from others
  • Controlled emotions
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Connect to the energy of “The Emperor” to strengthen the following traits:
  • The ability to make decisions based on hard facts
  • Building inner Power
  • Developing Leadership
  • Becoming an Authority figure
  • Gaining Knowledge
  • Honing the Intellect
  • Developing Honesty
  • Living a life of Integrity
  • Accountability
  • Initiating Responsibility
  • Taking Decisions
  • Creating structure and Order
  • Self-Control and Discipline
  • Strengthening the Will
  • Successful endeavors
  • Protection
  • Develop a tough exterior
  • Strong Foundation
  • Manifestation
  • Setting and achieving Goals
  • Setting up healthy Boundaries

The Emperor: The Power of Choice

One of the strongest traits of the emperor archetype energy is the ability to take decisions based on facts and not merely feelings. The emperor has the ability to overrule emotions and make choices that serve the best outcome irrespective of how we feel about it. With the wave of the new age movement and self-help guides, we tend to overly rely on our emotions to take action. We justify not taking actions or passing out on opportunities because it makes us feel uncomfortable. The truth is our greatest growth lies just outside our comfort zone.

We may not have the power to choose the outcome of our life or even how circumstances will play out but we always have the power to choose. We choose the meaning events have in our life, we choose what we allow and what we resist. We make choices every single second and that is truly the only power we have. The power to choose

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Here are some ways to strengthen our power of choice

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