A close view of a hewn throne nearly fills the entirety of this card. Carved ram’s heads, facing away from the throne, are upon the back corners of the seat. Two more are at the ends of both arm’s rests, facing the viewer. Seated upon the otherwise stark throne is a crowned man wearing armor, and over the armor, a cloak and robe. In his bare left hand he holds a globe, while in his also bare right hand he holds a Tau scepter mounted with an encircled jewel. His crown is short and holds many jewels. Long white hair falls down his back, and a long white beard reaches down his chest. The robe is worn so that a woman’s face is draped over his left shoulder. Despite facing the viewer, he does not look forward. His eyes are turned to his right (the viewer’s left) and the countenance on his face shows he is greatly disapproving whatever he is seeing. In the distance are imposing and unscalable mountains, at the base of which, a thin river flows.
The Emperor is a stern and calculating ruler. He holds in balance the qualities of the court kings and is crowned with imperial duty. He is very much a servant to the empire he rules over, and he serves the empire with dedication. A symbol of authority and martial power, he does not allow long speeches to take up his time or wordsmiths to try to convince him. He appears as cold and unmoving as the throne he sits upon. He understands that sometimes, those with power must appear as that power, or lesser fools will try their luck. To be allowed to see past the imperial visage is a sign of favor.
What this card means to the Querent depends greatly on the query and the position it falls in the spread (if any). It can be a mantle for the Querent to pick up and apply in her own life (rule your life), it can be an attitude to take against her enemies (no appeasement or capitulation), or it can be a person in the Querent’s life that she should seek out (a person that controls an aspect of life).
Ill-dignified, the Emperor becomes the worst of the court kings. Power-hungry and abusive, he forgets that he rules the empire by permission of the empire, and can be removed from his office if necessary. He seeks to expand his control over everything not already under his thumb, and approves any measure necessary to make it happen. Alternatively, the ill-dignified Emperor becomes a crowned puppet on the throne. Unable to make decisions without consulting certain advisors, he finds himself merely the mouthpiece of those advisors and little more than a decoration. Which of these two would apply to the Querent, and in what relation is determined by the query and position.