The Emperor is the tarot card that epitomizes authority and respect. What we learn from him is that there is a lesson in everything that life throws at us, so we should harness our inner strength and keep ourselves motivated to get through each obstacle. We are blessed with the experience of our elders, and we should use it to better our dealings with other people. It is also implied that we should not be cautious, and avoid getting carried away by fancy, as that can seriously hamper our discretion. The Emperor advises us not to take everything at face value, and iterates that the best way to be truly sure of something is to jump and face the consequences, albeit after considering all the facts and evaluating our allegiances. This card stresses that we are not to be indirect or unclear about anything we do; there should always be a structure, a discipline, and a control over chaos. At the same time, we need a flexibility and practicality to avoid becoming over-confident or complacent.
The usage Arcana stems from the word Arcane. ‘Major Arcana’ means ‘the big secret’. The Major Arcana deck of Tarot comprises of the first 22 cards in the deck. These cards signify the major events in the journey of life of a person from birth to death, and rebirth. Each of these 22 cards has a particular meaning to convey, a definite significance. For instance, The Fool, the first of the Major Arcana cards, signifies the innocent baby embarking on the journey of life; The Lovers is the card of the heart and relationships; The Chariot signifies an ongoing journey; The Death is the card of eternal change, or rebirth; The Moon means the gaining of inner knowledge; and The World signifies the end of the cycle of birth and reincarnation.