In the Qabalistic Thoth Tarot, the Emperor, Key 4, is shown as a strong, potent Male figure.The Sign of Aries and the color red is attributed to this card, as is shown by the Ram, and is a forceful sign that implies leadership.
The sign of Aries is ruled by Mars (the Red implies this) thereby exalting the Sun. Hence, in the Thoth Tarot Emperor, the Sun is shown behind his head.
The Thoth Emperor is sitting on a gold and red throne, with arm rests in the golden symbols of the Sun and he also has a two headed Eagle on his golden shield. Eagles also represent the Sun, as they are rumored to be the only bird or creature that can look directly at it.
In the Legends Tarot, The Emperor-key 4- is shown as the Green Man, who was considered Lord of the Wood by the Celts.
The natural language of Plants is shown in the oak leaves, implying hope, power, and eloquence and wisdom. There is a powerful radiance in his face, showing his great knowledge and bright wisdom. It was believed that he imparted wisdom of the ages, but that one must use caution.
This eloquence, power and hope is also shown in the Thoth Deck Emperor card as Fleur-de-lys and bees.
The Legends Tarot, also realizes that the Emperor is responsible for human life as he defines the Laws of The forest. He is illustrated in a surrounding motif of the Sun and the Crescent Moon. He was often used to symbolize fertility and Spring.
The Thoth Deck Emperor is a more imposing figure, less a friend and more a Ruler. But then again, the Green Man wasn't always believed to be friendly. The Hebrew letter attributed to this card is the letter Tzaddi which refers to the sign of Aries. The Sun in the sign of Aries is energy at its most material state combined with authority and we all know that authority is not necessarily friendly.
In the Thoth Deck Card, the Ram is resplendent and besides symbolizing Aries, it is also a symbol of a Wild, courageous, solitary creature who is also shown domesticated as a lamb and flag at the Emperor's feet. This implies the Laws of government, civilizing and/or domesticating the ram or "wild nature". The presumed object of government.
In the Thoth Tarot, the Emperor is an important Alchemical Card, as he is the last part of the Triad represented in Key 2 (High Priestess) and Key 3 (Empress) ; Sulfur, Mercury, and Salt, in that order. He forms the symbol of Sulfur, as his arms and head form the Upright Triangle and his legs below form the Cross. In Alchemy Sulfur represents the Fiery Male Force of the Universe. So again we have representation of Fiery, active Energy, under the rule of Law that forms all life.The quality of this power is swift and violent, for if oppressed too long, it is destructive.
His scepter is that of Aries, and the Orb and cross, represents his government has been established.
The Shield of the Two headed Eagle surrounded in a red disc represents the Alchemical red tincture which is the nature of Gold and the Sun. The White eagle of the Empress, is the nature of Silver and the Moon. As I have said before, there is no He without a She and vise versa.
The white light descending on him implies his authority derived from Chokmah, the creative Wisdom (The Word) and that it is exerted upon the Sixth Sephiroth-Tiphareth (Beauty) often called, the organized
IN A DIVINATION BOTH CARDS IMPLY:
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