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The Emperor

The Emperor is the fifth card in the Major Arcana, and is given the number four to indicate order and structure in the material sense, much like the four lines that create a square. He indicates an authority figure who is practical in his dealings. The rams on his throne are the symbols of Aries, the first sign of the Zodiac. Aries is ruled by Mars, the planet of war. His garments are red, the color most often associated with Mars, and symbolize passion, vitality, and aggressive actions. His sceptre, symbol of his power and dominance, is aimed upward, indicating aspiration and readiness. The mountains behind him denote solidity and immobility.

The Emperor teaches you to rely on reason and logic to tackle the situation. To gain control, you must exhibit responsibility, maturity, and other leadership capabilities. This is a good time to review your strategy, examine your options, consider your actions, and make sure they are in line with your personal code of ethics.

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