Do you know your Tarot Birth Card?

Numerology and Tarot are age-old friends, they intimately connected, and when used together, can be powerfully revealing!

Every single card in a Tarot deck is associated with a particular number. From the Emperor to the Tower to the World Card, they all have a numerological equivalent. Most of the time, especially in the major arcana, these numbers are actually written on the cards themselves.

If you’re already familiar with Numerology, you probably understand a little about the power, meaning and symbolism contained in the numbers 1 – 9. Guess what…These same meanings hold true for the cards in a Tarot deck too! So if you already know your Life Path Number (and have a Tarot deck on hand) it’s very easy to work out which Tarot card is most closely aligned with your personal numerology…

But to find out more about how to discover YOUR Tarot Birth Card, simply follow this link…

This Post is all About the Life Path 4 and it’s corresponding Tarot Card: The Emperor

If you want to read about the other Life Path Numbers and Tarot Birth Cards, click on one of the links below:

Life Path 1 – The Magician

Life Path 2 – The High Priestess

Life Path 3 – The Empress

Life Path 4 – The Emperor… Keep on reading!

Life Path 5 – The Hierophant

Life Path 6 – The Lovers

Life Path 7 – The Chariot

Life Path 8 – Strength (or in some decks, this is Justice)

Life Path 9 – The Hermit

Again, if you’re not sure what your tarot birth card is, read this first!


Life Path 4: Tarot Birth Card –  The Emperor

‘A self-made success’

The Emperor Tarot Birth Card from the Rider-Waite Deck

The Emperor is the Divine Masculine principle in the Tarot, and in life represents the ‘boss‘ figure. A lover of structure, he is hardworking and commanding: a figure of authority ensuring things work just right, projects run on time and everyone does what they’re supposed to.

But to do this, he needs a firm, solid base. The Emperor likes his physical needs to be met with a comfortable home, plenty to eat and if possible, a steady income. This grounding in life is imperative but he doesn’t take it for granted, creating this security for himself through his own hard work – he doesn’t rely on others to provide for him. He’s resilient and self-disciplined and faces challenges with courage and strength.

The Emperor is depicted in the Tarot with a long white beard, representing his wisdom and experience. He sits on a throne decorated with rams’ heads which connects him to his astral ruler: Aries. This sign offers determination, vigour and courage, all traits of the Emperor.

He’s generous too, sharing his resources with friends and family, always looking after those with less. A natural leader, an Emperor is able to establish a strong team around him to get things done.

Key Strengths of the Emperor Tarot Birth Card:

Leadership. You know how to work a team and how to get everyone on board with your ideas and methods.

⇢ Your love of structure means you’re good at keeping things on the straight and narrow – rules are there for a reason!

⇢ You’re dependable – people can rely on you to stick to your word and get the job done.

⇢ You’re hardworking and resilient – not easily phased by challenges or bumps in the road.

Key Challenges of the Emperor Tarot Birth Card:

These are similar to the traits which are emphasised in a Tarot reading when the Emperor Card shows up reversed.

⇢ Your strong desire to adhere to rules can make you difficult to work with

⇢ …as can your tendency to think you’re always right!

⇢ You can be too business-minded sometimes – it doesn’t always have to be about profit.

⇢ You may find it hard to see others’ point of view.

Emperor Tarot Birth Card Love & Compatibility:

⇢ An Emperor would work well with a Chariot – whatever you set your hands to as a pair would no doubt end up being brilliant. I bet the sex would be some pretty strong stuff, too.

⇢ An Empress would complement your grounded, earthy nature and would be just as into ‘homebuilding’ as you are.

⇢ Or you may find yourself attracted to a Strength – her calm, loving approach to life and could soften your hard edges and make you go unexpectedly weak at the knees.

⇢ You’re probably best off avoiding a Hermit – their introspective tendencies might annoy you.

⇢ And to say nothing of a High Priestess, whose immersion in the psychic and emotional probably drives you up the wall.

Emperor Tarot Birth Card Career, Work & Lifestyle Ideas:

⇢ This is the typical ‘businessperson‘ card – as an Emperor, you’d be great at heading up a company, school or board, taking tough decisions, and seeing organizations through all kinds of challenges to great success. Heading up a smaller operation, your own business, for example, would also be an enjoyable challenge for you.

⇢ As a project manager, you’d have that brilliant ability to keep an eye on everything at once, ensuring that everyone was cared for and that your project ran smoothly and successfully.

⇢ Your appreciation of structure and of real, honest work would make you a great builder or other construction-related role. You understand nature and the earth and would be satisfied in something ecologically minded. Similarly, a crafting or nature-based occupation would suit you well – woodwork, sculpture, knitting, woodland management or even farming.


Obviously, you can’t gain a true and complete picture of somebody through their Tarot Birth Card!

You are not simply your birth card, your Life Path Number, or anything else you can figure out by adding up the numbers in your life, you are a complex and beautiful creature formed from a myriad of different influences. These are archetypes or universal energy types which move through people in different ways.

But sometimes it can be incredibly powerful to have symbols, numbers, words, cards – anything at all – to hold onto, to help make sense of what we are doing and why!

Have you learnt something about yourself today? Drop us a comment below and share your insights, we’d love to connect!


Image source: The Rider-Waite Tarot Deck

About Beth Maiden

Beth Maiden is a professional tarot reader and writer based in Manchester, UK. She has two cats and one dog and they all live together in a tiny little boat. She is the resident tarot writer at the progressive LGBTQ website Autostraddle.com and the creator of the Alternative Tarot Course. Check her out at LittleRedTarot.com and @littleredtarot on Twitter.

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