Authority, strong foundations, structure and stability.
The Emperor is the father-figure of the Major Arcana. While the Empress represents nurturing and creative energy, her stoic counterpart stands for dominance and wisdom through life experience. I incorporated the kite and falconry for a few reasons - it’s a nod to his nobility and years of experience, as falconry and bonding with a raptor takes many years of training, and it’s also an indicator of his role as the ‘provider’ for the deck. I also chose falconry because it still represents a need to let go; The Emperor in reverse represents excessive control or rigidity. The falconer only has true authority over his bird when he lets it fly, for it is only after it flies that it can return to the glove.