The Emperor tarot card sits at number 4
The Emperor represents the feeling of “I AM” which we all possess.
When we possess a positive feeling of “I AM” then we conduct ourselves in an authoritative, easy manner. There is no ego conflict because we do not feel under threat or in competition with anyone else.
In a reading the Emperor depicts our confidence within our chosen field of expertise, In business it is the wise leader, the boss who can maintain control without losing popularity. At home it is the parent who guides their children with love coupled with assertiveness.
Only when reversed does the Emperor become bigoted and egotistical, refusing to compromise, and insisting that he is right at all costs.
Thus upright we find the authoritative director, the approachable parent and the natural leader: while reversed we come across stubbornness, egotism and tyranny.