4 Authority (Emperor)

Someone has to have the final say in the world, and that person is represented by the Authority card. Authority represents leadership and power, and as such, is inherently neither good nor bad. He is willing to defend those under his tutelage. The compassionate Authority looks beyond what only benefits him and makes decisions based on what is best for the common good.

Authority has the wisdom and experience to provide the building blocks for the structures that will follow. He is systematic and plans carefully with long term goals in mind. His building blocks take the form of laws, boundaries, and final decisions. The lack of Authority would lead to chaos.

In Tarot of Empowerment, Authority stands with focused attention, intently listening and observing the situation before deciding the best course of action. He understands and accepts that he will take full responsibility for the outcome of his decision.