The Emperor (Reversed) Meaning

love, money, profession, health, spirituality



The Emperor in reverse represents Domination, excessive control, despotic attitudes, rigidity and inflexibility. It can tell us that we are giving our heart more credit than our logical mind tells us.

In general it is not a bad thing, there are situations in which putting the heart is the only solution, as in others it is to use exclusively logic, but the ideal is that you use a balance between both. Use your mind and your heart, this card tells us.

You may now become easily distracted and may have a difficult time maintaining your concentration and focus. And this is a time when concentration and focus is vital now.

The card may point to an older man, who may be in opposition or conflict with you now. Try to look beyond the outside and consider what it is that he may have to offer that is useful to you.

Don’t get too irritated if he’s trying to say “what to do”; take the parts of their advice that are helpful and ignore the rest. If you only focus on their attitude, you will not achieve anything of value.


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    The Emperor (Reversed) : Keywords

    Weakness;
    Lack of power;
    Emotional immaturity;
    Cruelty, petty despotism;
    Inferiority complex;
    Rebelliousness;
    Addiction;
    Impatience, indecision, insecurity;
    Excessive responsibility;
    Domination / submission.
    Refusal to grow and mature. 
    Avoiding problems. 
    Lack of control or discipline. 
    Tyranny. 
    Pressure from authorities or superiors. 
    Insubordination. 
    Problems in relations with the authorities. 
    Peter Pan Syndrome. 
    Militancy. 
    Coarseness. 
    Laziness. 
    Limited thinking. 
    Logic that oppresses the senses. 
    Arbitration. 
    Following the “letter” rather than the “spirit” of the law. 
    Difficulties. 
    Lack of leadership. 
    Attachment to the “mother’s skirt”. 
    Solid logic and lack of feelings. 
    Inflating yourself. 

    The Emperor (Reversed) : Love

    The main characteristic of this flip card is the great doubts you have at this time about how to act. Whether you should do it or not.

    Organization issues can be a problem in the relationship now, both because of an excess of it and its lack. If you consider yourself a methodical and orderly person, it is possible that you are with someone who is not (or who could be about to happen.)

    Consider where or how concessions can be made. If you don’t, the relationship will have little or no chance of working harmoniously.


    The Emperor (Reversed) : Career

    At work you may feel a loss of power, even reaching abusive attitudes, being intransigent, moving by interests and encountering a lot of opposition in the environment.

    It may be time to surround yourself with a loyal work team that follows your instructions but makes you see your mistakes with irrefutable facts.

    The inverted Emperor may indicate that you are not in the mood for a structured and formal job right now. You need the novelty, the surprise, to get out of the routine. However, obviously, you may have no choice but to accept things as they are.

    Do your best to show the structure and order that your work requires of you, but be sure to give yourself little breaks, or light rewards for something that is a lot of effort for you at the moment.


    The Emperor (Reversed) : Money

    If you are currently struggling with finances, you may very well have to seek outside help. Find someone who is good with logic, order, and being methodical in terms of budgeting, dealing with taxes and cash flow, and other technicalities.

    You cannot afford to take a haphazard, impromptu approach when The Emperor appears in this context. There are expenses at home that seem to never end and get out of control. Difficulties in saving and diagramming the use of money.


    The Emperor (Reversed) : Health

    You may be prone to some accidents involving the upper or lower limbs. You are not disciplined at this time to diet or stop harmful habits, nor to listen to the messages of your body.

    If you have orders and prescriptions to follow, do not rebel, you will only get worse. It is time to follow the logic of others since you cannot have it completely, for now.


    The Emperor (Reversed) : Spirituality

    When the emperor goes the other way, it may be a sign that he is showing up or you are in need of a helpful spiritual advisor, (possibly male and older than you.)

    However, you must be cautious when accepting spiritual advice from a “guru.” No human being is perfect, and it is important that you listen to your own thoughts and intuition, no matter what others say about this guru or teacher who is close now, or who will come into your life.

    Learn from this teacher, but don’t discount yourself in the process.


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