The Emperor

The Emperor, taken from a set of Tarot cards designed by Jina Wallwork.

The Emperor: 4

Artwork Description

As inspiration for this artwork, I began looking at old statues of gods and heroes. I wanted the emperor to have an athletic body. He is powerful and strong because this is how fathers are viewed by their children. As you become older, your perceptions change. You begin to see your father’s vulnerabilities and the burdens he has carried. You see his flaws and insecurities, although these weaknesses don’t taint your perspective. He appears to be greater than you ever imagined because you see his struggle. He accepted the role knowing it would be difficult, and he stayed committed when times were hard, and you were more challenging than usual. He chose a challenging path and faced every obstacle because this is what fathers do.


The Emperor Upright

The Father

A sexual union can lead to a child, but it doesn’t automatically create a father. The word father is reserved for the greatest of men. It is a label for the man who loves beyond his own needs. He will desire to give his children everything they would ever require. Sadly, the world will often struggle to accommodate this ambition. He wants to change the world to suit your needs, but his hands are limited. His enormous heart leads him to question if he has done enough. A father can only do so much. It isn’t his capabilities that make him a great man. He is a giant because he understands that to be a father, you must sacrifice your comfort and security for your children. It’s been suggested that some fathers sacrifice their dreams and ambitions, but this isn’t true. Their priorities and aspirations are changed by the presence of children. Individual goals are discarded and replaced by ambitions for the future of the family as a whole. A father’s dreams are interwoven with the needs of his children.

He is the creator of structures. Your life becomes surrounded by his achievements. He is still the hunter who provides the banquet that keeps you healthy. Your home is his success. It is a masculine approach to parenting that focuses on providing the structures that you need to achieve your goals. A feminine approach would focus on your emotional wellbeing, but fathers have different objectives. Your choices are yours, and a father will build a runway because he knows that you can fly. He shouldn’t have to tell you that you’re capable because his actions show that he supports you in your endeavors. All of these structures are designed to assist you. They are not intended to dictate who you should become. The world is full of fathers, and they all aim to create a world that is worthy of their children. Fathers create a better world, and they’ve created many structures to assist you.


The Emperor Reversed

The Absent Father

It takes a great man to be a father, and some people struggle to fulfill that role. It takes passion and commitment. It is a calling that requests that you step into your greatness. It’s a demanding role that requires strength and courage. Some people will run away from such an enormous challenge. Those men will never see themselves through the eyes of a son or daughter, and they have discarded something precious. A child will believe that a good father is a giant among men. An immature man who rejects his responsibilities will shrink into obscurity. However, you shouldn’t judge a man who struggles to be a father because it isn’t an easy role.

Every father tries to create a better world, and there will always be obstacles to overcome. The world is full of structures that are created by fathers. They live a life of service to their children and all of their descendants. Often without realizing it, their influence extends beyond the bonds of family and friendship. Their creations contain a wealth of knowledge and advice on every topic imaginable. They have created structures to assist their children, and in doing so, they have also created a way to help you. Great fathers leave a legacy that stretches long after their death. There is assistance to guide you through every aspect of your life. Don’t focus on the inability and immaturity of one man. You’re supported by a collective of fathers.

Tarot and Spirit Communication book cover by Jina Wallwork

Tarot and Spirit Communication

This explanation of The Emperor card comes from the book, Tarot and Spirit Communication. The book explains tarot cards and their meanings. It is also an essential guide for any aspiring medium and tarot practitioner. If you want to read the energy that is imprinted on a flower or use astral projection to travel to the other side of the world, then this book will show you how.

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