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The Hierophant
By TarotReadingSecrets Admin | Published 12/3/2005 | The Hierophant |
The Hierophant

The Hierophant

the hierophant

He wears the triple crown and is seated between two pillars,
but they are not those of the Temple which is guarded by the
High Priestess.

In his left hand he holds a scepter terminating in the
triple cross, and with his right hand he gives the well-
known ecclesiastical sign which is called that of
esotericism, distinguishing between the manifest and
concealed part of doctrine. It is noticeable in this
connection that the High Priestess makes no sign.

At his feet are the crossed keys, and two priestly ministers
in albs kneel before him. He has been usually called the
Pope, which is a particular application of the more general
office that he symbolizes. He is the ruling power of
external religion, as the High Priestess is the prevailing
genius of the esoteric, withdrawn power. The proper meanings
of this card have suffered woeful admixture from nearly all

Grand Orient says truly that the Hierophant is the power of
the keys, exoteric orthodox doctrine, and the outer side of
the life which leads to the doctrine; but he is certainly
not the prince of occult doctrine, as another commentator
has suggested.

He is rather the summa totius theologies, when it has passed
into the utmost rigidity of expression; but he symbolizes
also all things that are righteous and sacred on the
manifest side. As such, he is the channel of grace belonging
to the world of institution as distinct from that of
"Mature, and he is the leader of salvation for the human
race at large.

He is the order and the head of the recognized hierarchy,
which is the reflection of another and greater hierarchic
order; but it may so happen that the pontiff forgets the
significance of this his symbolic state and acts as if he
contained within his proper measures all that his sign
signifies or his symbol seeks to show forth. He is not, as
it has been thought, philosophy-except on the theological
side; he is not inspiration; and he is not religion,
although he is a mode of its expression.