The Emperor is the card of leadership, authority, power, and stability. He is Mars personified, in control of everything and everyone around him. He sits upon his throne, holding the ankh in one hand, symbolizing life, and an orb in the other, symbolizing the world. He is energetic, driven, objective, and fearless.
The Emperor is full of masculine yang energy. As the father of all creation, he believes in protecting everyone around him. He shows love by providing for his loved ones. Underneath his tough exterior, he is still an emotional being, but only shows that side to the ones he trusts the most.
If you are asking about someone’s intentions towards you, and you draw the Emperor, that means this person intends to protect you. You matter a lot to your partner, and your safety is of the utmost importance to them. Their attraction to you is also very intense. They want to make sure that you are always cared for, and if there’s anything you need they will be the first to drop it at your feet. They are willing to go above and beyond for you, and they intend to do just that.
The Emperor as intentions means that they want to be able to look toward you whenever they need guidance. They see you in high regard and admire your wisdom. You are levelheaded and are able to properly guide them to making the right decisions in life. Your presence is very comforting and they want to provide the same level of comfort to you. Your talents do not go unseen with this one.
For singles and those embarking on new relationships, the Emperor is a sign of them intending to get serious about you. Their feelings for you run deep and their respect for you is unrivaled. They feel as though your relationship together is ready to be taken to the next level. They intend on doing whatever it takes to keep you by their side — no questions asked. However, it’s important to understand that they are the type to show their affection through gifts and acts of service over words of affirmation, but that doesn’t mean they love you any less.
For existing relationships, the Emperor represents an intention to build a family with you. The protectiveness they feel over you will also extend to your future family. Whether you’re both considering marriage or kids, understand that your partner will be there with you through it all. They will ensure that no harm will ever come to you. You are their family. Commitment is a scary thing, but for you, they’re willing to take the extra steps.
If you are asking about an ex’s intentions, the Emperor shows that they intend to win you back. Your presence is irreplaceable and they know that they will never feel the same way about another as they do with you. The Emperor symbolizes an intention that is willing to do whatever it takes to get what they want, even if it means using force. Once you accept them, your relationship will bloom like never before.
In the context of whether or not a relationship is headed for commitment, engagement, or marriage, the Emperor means that this person’s intentions are to commit to you. They are a family-person and are ready to take that step with you. Your relationship is strong and can withstand anything. They only want the future that you’re in, so by making this commitment, they are locking that future in. With you, they are confident, loving, and loyal.
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If you are asking about someone’s intentions towards you, and you draw the Emperor reversed, that means this person intends to be possessive. The protective feeling they have over you is almost suffocating. It can cause sudden irrational bouts of anger, irritation, and jealousy, even over the smallest things. There seems to be some type of emotional trauma here that they haven’t resolved, and they’re beginning to take it out on you.
The Emperor reversed as intentions means that they want to control you. If they can’t, it sends them into uncommunicative episodes where they feel depressed or unworthy. They want to be in charge of everything that you do. That overly protective feeling stems from attachment and abandonment issues. The only way to help your partner overcome these negative emotions is by helping them understand that those are things of the past. Whatever hurt them in the past can’t hurt them anymore.
For singles and those embarking on new relationships, the Emperor reversed is a sign of them intending to acquire you as a trophy. They are attracted to you, but the attraction is only on a surface level. The feelings they have for you are better described as lust, not love. They see you as a challenge, a trophy for them to win. They intend to objectify you, and this will cause great communication issues for you both in the future.
For existing relationships, the Emperor reversed represents an intention to dig deeper into the issues of your relationship. They realize that there are issues that are at play and they want to fix them. Whenever you have arguments in the relationship, it always feels like there’s an extra level of personal issues behind every mundane accusation. They want to get to the bottom of it by having honest conversations with you. The attachment issues are the root cause here, so if you’re looking to build a healthier relationship, you’ll want to start there.
If you are asking about an ex’s intentions, the Emperor reversed shows that they intend to keep you as nothing more than a glorified booty call. Their feelings for you are nonexistent now, but they are still physically attracted to you. Reconciliation is not happening. The problems that existed in your relationship are still there, and they have no hope that they will be solved.
In the context of whether or not a relationship is headed for commitment, engagement, or marriage, the Emperor reversed means that this person’s intentions are to ignore the problems that exist between you two. They have the ‘out of sight, out of mind’ mindset, but for relationships, that kind of thinking doesn’t work. They have no intentions of committing to you, and would rather explore their options right now. They must work through their emotional issues on their own before there will be any changes to their mentality.
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For love readings, The Emperor takes a very masculine approach. Though it is different from the feminine approach of the Empress, it does not make the Emperor’s love any less valid. This card reminds us to take a close look at intentions and relationship dynamics when evaluating a relationship. If their love and intentions come from a good place, give them the freedom to express it how they choose.
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