IV The Emperor – Toth

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Aries; pioneer, discoverer, leader, initiator; creative wisdom; great leadership qualities; urge for action, adventurousness, new beginning; fatherhood, authority.


The Emperor is portrayed as a crowned man in a majestic gown. The globe with the Maltese Cross (symbol of imperial dignity) represents the unification of wisdom and worldly mastery. His throne, which glows with the fiery colors of Mars and the Sun, is ornamented with the heads of wild Himalayan rams. His scepter also bears this symbol of power and adventurousness. the reclining lamb with the flag of peace represents the other aspect of the ram. The qualities of true leadership include humility and submission to the cosmic law, as well as dynamism and power. A deep understanding and a constant consideration of the will of the Whole are also necessary.

A ruler with these qualities is filled with a tremendous compassion which will allow him or her to sacrifice the self for the good of the whole. The double eagles symbolize the inner and outer changes brought about by the creative energy of the Sun, and also refer to the Emperor’s creative energy. He heralds the beginning of an enterprise, or a new phase in life.

This new beginning may be an extension or expansion in the realm of rule, dominion, or mastery, or the conquering of new territories (also symbolized by the Emperor’s legs, crossed in the form of the number 4; compare also the Prince of Wands). On the material plane, the new beginning may mean starting a promising new project, a change in career, travel or fatherhood. On the inner plane, new realizations may emerge. Insights in areas previously unfamiliar (discs to the right and left with exploding stars), or dramatic self-revelation and self-discovery, are also possible.

As long as the Emperor’s powers are used for transformation and new beginnings, their effect is beneficial. But beware using them to preserve the status quo. When used to preserve the status quo, the structure of the Emperor’s realm petrifies, his boldly determine expression becomes frozen. His authority, once grounded in wisdom, expresses as authoritarian domination. Living in fear of change, he attempts to nip any rebellion in the bud. He is then doomed. His own resistance to the flow of the Tao sooner or later will topple his reign.

Indication: This is a propitious moment for a change or a new beginning. Trust your own energy and move with it.

Questions: What revitalization does your life need? Are there steps you would like to take toward this?

Suggestion: Examine yourself critically, especially in regard to your relations with subordinates and superiors.

Affirmation: / trust my power. I rule by serving, I serve by ruling.

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