The Emperor is the patriarch of the deck, the authoritarian figure who calls on us to be responsible for our actions and to use discipline and positive reinforcement to reach our higher goals. When the Emperor appears he puts you on notice to be more pro-active.
Do your current goals truly serve your highest good? Are you pursuing paths in life that challenge you to grow and reach your potential? Have you been procrastinating or not pushing yourself hard enough?
If so take some time to set some clear, concise (but reachable) positive goals and work on developing them as new habits. Emperor reminds us to remember the fine line between self-discipline and punishment. Discipline is positive and motivating, it inspires you to grow and reach further. Punishment is demeaning and leaves you feeling defeated, making goals more unattainable.
In what ways today do you need to be proactive? Consider taking those actions right now, don’t procrastinate. Plan and act in empowered ways. Take a larger goal you have and break it down into steps and then create a solid plan of action and start developing the new habits that will carry you towards your ultimate destiny.