All the symbols of power are present in this card: the sovereign’s clothing, the long scepter, the shield with the imperial eagle.
To further emphasize the concept of power, the emperor is often represented with his legs crossed, a sign that he has no superiors to whom he must be ready to rise and bow.
Meaning in the Tarot
The Emperor in the Tarot symbolizes strength, authority, security, power, wealth, charisma, virility, knowledge, and fortitude.
The Emperor wields the utmost earthly power, and at the same time is a wise, intelligent, and often just figure.
Rigidity, arrogance, severity, taking drastic means, excessive use of force.