A key aspect of reading your own tarot is interpreting cards. For a beginner interpreting a single card can be fine, as there are plenty of resources to help you out, however interpreting two or more can be very tricky.
However, if you have been practising single card readings for a while a 2 card spread will be a great introduction into reading multiple cards.
As you’ve found this page, you’re probably wondering how to interpret the The Fool card and The Emperor card together in particular.
The The Fool card and The Emperor have unique qualities and will interact with each other in different ways depending on what kind of reading you are doing.
What does The Fool and The Emperor mean together?
The Fool and The Emperor are two very different archetypes, but both can be helpful in different ways when it comes to health and relationships. The Fool represents fresh hope and new beginnings, which can be helpful when starting a new health regime or trying to overcome a difficult relationship issue. The Emperor represents respect and leadership, which can be helpful in establishing healthy boundaries in a relationship or setting goals and stick to them. Both archetypes can offer guidance and support, so it is important to consider which one is most applicable to your situation.
The meaning of the cards will depend on what kind of reading you are doing and the question you asked the deck. This is a guide covering the general meanings of the cards and how they relate to each other.
Common 2 card spreads
Whilst it’s great to know who these two cards interact with each other, it’s important to note that the meaning will depend on the context of your spread
The most common 2 card spreads I recommend to newer readers are:
- The 2 card cross (otherwise known as “The Fool’s Journey”)
- The 2 card “Yes or No”
“The Fool’s Journey”
Setup: The two card cross is where you place two cards face up, one placed vertically and with one laying horizontally over
Interpretation: The 2 cards represent a “situation” and a “challenge”. The first card will describe the situation youa re in with the second horizontal card being the “challege” crossing you (literally crossing you in this case!)
Reading: Using the overviews in this guide is a great way to start. First, look at the meanings of the 2 cards, and see how they might relate either as your “situation” or “challenge”. Once you have that you can look at the general overview for how the two cards interact with each other.
The benefit of this spread is that it can give clarity when you’re feeling uncertain or anxious. Once you have clairty of thought, and a strong idea of what your challenge is you can find solutions to help your situation
The 2 card “Yes or No”
Setup: The 2 card “Yes or No” is where you place two cards face up side by side, whilst asking your deck a “yes or no” question.
Interpretation: Each card in a tarot deck has a “yes” or a “no” meaning. Look at the meanings of each card, and you will have your answer.
The benefit of this is you get a stronger yes or no compared to a single card draw. You may find you often get a mix of “yes or no”, and this is fine. It simply means there is doubt, or things are not yet clear.
What does The Fool mean?
The Fool means fresh hope for me. I feel that I can take chances and explore new paths without fear. I feel that I can begin new adventures and experiences without worry. I feel that I can approach my health, finances and relationships with a new sense of hope and possibility.
What does The Emperor mean?
The Emperor means respect. He demands it, but he also commands it. He is the leader, the one in charge, the one who makes the decisions. He is the father figure, the one who knows what is best for you. He is the one who will protect you and provide for you. He is the one who will help you achieve your goals.
The Emperor means health. He represents the physical and the mental health of an individual. He ensures that you are in good physical shape and that you have a clear mind. He also represents the health of your relationships. He ensures that you have strong and healthy relationships with your family, friends, and co-workers.
The Emperor means finances. He is the one who provides for you and your family. He is the one who makes sure that you have the money you need to live a comfortable life. He is the one who helps you save for your future. He is the one who helps you invest in your future.
The Emperor means relationship. He is the one who brings people together. He is the one who helps you find the right partner. He is the one who helps you keep your relationship strong. He is the one who helps you resolve conflicts.
Understanding how the meaning of a reading changes once you start involving more than one card can be tricky. This will come with time and practice, however I hope this guide on what your cards might be telling you when you draw The Fool and The Emperor has helped you.