Your Tarot Birth Card – Life Path 4: The Emperor (Steady, Strong, And Structured)

By November 12, 2014Numerology, Tarot

Welcome back to my series on the Tarot Birth Card! This week we’re all about Life Path 4 – The Emperor!

If you missed out on last week’s post, then head here to find out how to determine your life path number and your associated tarot birth card. Each Monday over the coming weeks, I’ll be discussing each of the nine tarot birth cards and their person-centered interpretations. And if you’re not a Life Path 4, head here to read about Life Path 1, The MagicianLife Path 2, The High Priestess, and Life Path 3, The Empress.

We’ll look at typical strengths and weaknesses, who you’re likely to fancy (and who turns you off), and the kind of work or lifestyle you might find satisfying. Whilst a single tarot card could never sum up an entire person, it can be fun and helpful to learn which tarot archetype represents you, and how you can use its energy in different areas of your life.

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

Life Path 4 – The Emperor

‘A self-made success’

The-Emperor-Tarot-CardThe Emperor is the ‘boss‘ figure in the tarot. A lover of structure, he is hardworking and commanding, making sure things work just right, projects run on time and everyone does what they’re supposed to.

This is someone who likes a firm, solid base. He likes his physical needs to be met with a comfortable home, plenty to eat and if possible, a steady income. But he creates this security for himself through his own hard work – he doesn’t rely on others to provide for him. He’s resilient and faces challenges with courage and strength.

He’s generous too, sharing his resources with friends and family, 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:

Tarot Birth Card StrengthsLeadership. 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:

Tarot Birth Card Challenges⇢ 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.

Who You Hookin’ Up With?

Tarot Birth Card - Love⇢ 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.

Work And Lifestyle Ideas:

Tarot Birth Card - Work & Lifestyle⇢ 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.

What’s Up Next?

Next week we’ll be focusing on Life Path 5, The Hierophant!

Until then, drop me a note below. If you’re a Life Path 4, let me know how you relate to The Emperor and if you’ve seen similar characteristics appear in your own life. And if you’re not a 4, how have you interacted with 4s in the past? Has it been easy? Challenging? Are you in a relationship with one?

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 and the creator of the Alternative Tarot Course. Check her out at and @littleredtarot on Twitter.



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