The Emperor is the Fifth card in the 22 trump cards (Major Arcana) and is associated with the number 4. If the card is drawn in a reading, it is a representation of a father figure, an encounter with some authoritative figure like a boss.
If you are in the situation where someone in your life is not treating you with the respect that you deserve or you are being stuck in the rut of doing what the society requires, The Emperor reminds us that we have free will to change that destiny. The Emperor likes to control, but in a loving, caring way. It stands for worldly success. Speak up for what you want.
If it appears in your Tarot Card Reading, the meaning involves you having control of the situation and you are in charge of your life. However, being in control does not mean that you have the energy of the emperor. Do note that there is a difference between the energy of the Emperor and the energy of someone who is manipulative.
In a love/relationship reading, the Emperor can indicate a very significant man in your life. This person is a part of your daily life, if you are a woman, perhaps he is someone you will marry and start a family together. Other indications are possibly someone who can be a little dominant at times but also gives you love, support and security or It can show that you are attracted to strong, dynamic individuals who is successful.
In a business reading, it could be that you are at the top of the world. You have succeeded, but do not be egotistic and rest on your laurels. Rome was not built in a day and Emperors have to keep their empire together by working very hard.
In a career reading, your boss may render help and assistance and it will be valuable in furthering your career. Perhaps you are in line to be promoted to a position of greater authority. Just remember to use this authority wisely.
If you are looking for a new job, The Emperor is here to remind you to go ahead and take the initiative and go out and look for a better one. Think along the lines of who you are and what you want to be doing, how you want your life to look, and take the steps to achieve it.
If you are feeling a little lost, this card may also mean to tell you that you need structure in your life. Write out a list of the things you need to accomplish in the coming week. Schedule something. It will free you up to think about other things you might want to do with yourself.
Whatever your decision may be, take control of how you want to live your life and how you make yourself happy and start acting on it!