Cat's Eye Tarot has a rather cute take on this archetype, yet I still see the same fundamental energy here.
A regal-looking fluffy black-and-white cat sits on a chair by the hearth. He turns to look down at a ginger kitten trying to scale the chair. It's funny, at different times I get disparate feelings from this card. Sometimes, it seems the Emperor is looking down at this young upstart, saying, "Don't you know your place?" As though the Emperor has a very clear idea of what he considers right and wrong, and who should do what and when, and this little kitten hasn't gotten the memo! Other times, I see him as a more benevolent Emperor - this little kitten is learning the ropes, and that's something the Emperor is happy to help teach. "A cat's place is on a comfy chair by the fire." I hear him saying to Ginger.
Today, my in-laws are coming to celebrate Christmas with us. I see two things with this card, therefore. Firstly, there is my Dear One getting everything ready for his parents, making sure it is all just so. Secondly, there is Big Boy, who will get thoroughly spoiled and have his every whim catered to. I have been getting the Emperor for him since before he was born, and as a little Cappie he does have clear ideas about what he wants, and plenty of methods of showing his displeasure when it doesn't happen. So, perhaps it's also about the energy I need to bring to put some boundaries on him...
I am grateful for routines and habits which make life with Big Boy easier to manage.