The Emperor symbolizes the totality of the alchemical element of fire. Aries, the Ram, behind the Emperor, is the fire sign and represents exploration, adventure, curiosity, and initiative.
The sun rises behind the Emperor, as a symbol of the natural source of light. He is the animus--masculine energy, Zeus, of Greek Mythology or Marduk of Sumerian, who is the father or patriarch. In the Orient, he is the yang energy, which represents dynamic, initiatory power. He is the Electric Father Zeus who casts about his Lightnings.
The bees on the cloak symbolize shows that he realizes that all leadership requires vision. The Fleur-de-lis, the three -petaled flowers on the bottom of this card, represent royalty and effective leadership that requires heart, mind and spirit in flowing balance.
In Shamanic and/or ancient societies, the essence of spirit has been symbolized as fiery energy.
When the Thoth Emperor card is drawn or if you are drawn to it:
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