The Emperor represents the process by which manifestation is organized into complex interacting structures. He symbolizes our force of will and the active constructive energy we bring to our worldly activities. He gifts us with the ability to see the bigger picture in our lives and the world around us and brings to our creative work a sense of order, reason, boundaries and discipline. Through the experience of structures and limitations we can realize the higher purpose of our lives. Our place in the world is defined by our circumstances, and so a clear understanding of these is essential to any kind of progress, material or spiritual. By meditation on the Emperor card we can find the direction and strength of purpose to manifest our dreams, and live out our full potential.