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The Hierophant Upright Meaning

by MoMoTarot

Spiritual advancement, the need to take responsibility for your spiritual growth and direction in life.


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The Pope is seated in front of the faithful wearing a large red robe. He wears a three-tiered crown symbolizing power, representing the three levels of the world, body and soul. His right hand has the middle finger pointing to the sky, symbolizing blessing and transmitting energy from the sky; in his left hand, he holds a scepter with a triple cross, symbolizing holiness and power. In his left hand, he holds a triple-crossed scepter, symbolizing holiness and power. The small white objects dangling from his ears represent the inner voice.


In many versions of the Tarot, the keys are gold and silver, symbolizing the yang and the yin, the sun and the moon, the outer and the inner, and the subject of learning how to combine the two, while the keys themselves can be used to unlock the doors of wisdom and mystery.


The two faithful in front of the Pope, the one on the left, wears a red rose, symbolizing passion, and the one on the right wears a white lily, symbolizing spiritual growth (the red rose and the white lily have also appeared in the magician). The clothes of the Pope and the three faithful are decorated with a yoke of oxen (Y-shaped), which is used to motivate trained animals to work, and the rationale for its presence on the Pope's card is worth pondering.


Behind the Pope are the two pillars that used to appear in the Pope's Pontificate, but in this case they are gray, which symbolizes the wisdom that comes from experience; another theory is that although there is no curtain of priestesses in the back of the Pope to isolate the subconscious mind, the dark gray color means that the path to the subconscious mind has not yet been opened. The design on the pillar symbolizes physical union.


The Pope card has many crosses appearing, a red robe over a white blouse with three crosses above the sash, and even the shoes have crosses on them. More than four crosses can be seen on the floor encircled by circles, and the triple crosses on his hands and sash also refer to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, which some see as the soul, the mind, and the body.


Card meanings deduced


The Pope, as his name implies, is strongly associated with religion. However, the religion to which the Pope belongs is an organized church or sect, and he is in the world and goes out into the crowds, which is very different from the isolation of priestesses and hermits. In Greek mythology, the pope corresponded to the centaur Chiron, who knew everything about astronomy and geography and taught countless lessons. In ancient China, the popes were Confucius, the great educator, and Xuanzang, the Tang dynasty monk who translated numerous scriptures.


The pope and the emperor are both father figures, but the emperor is a father who provides material things, while the pope is a father who provides spiritual growth and moral education; the emperor emphasizes external laws and constraints, while the pope represents internal obedience; if the emperor is the commander-in-chief of the three armies, then the pope is the principal and the minister of education. The Pope teaches us traditional values and ethics, such as saying that it is not against the law for a child to be unfilial, but it is forbidden by society, or that it is not mandatory for a child to return home to visit his or her family on New Year's Eve, but the majority of the people will comply with it. The Pope represents this kind of social norm and social responsibility - it is not against the law to disobey, but it is better to obey.


The Pope also represents schooling, and any so-called 'orthodox' education. Just as the Church, to which the Pope belongs, is a huge organization, so the Pope represents a form of education that is accepted by society at large, where students are taught the values that the government and society at large want them to learn, and which, although it may impede some of the spiritual development of the individual, is an essential part of group life.


The Pope does not practice alone in the mountains, but serves under a religious organization. The church has a fixed system, and by extension, the pope can also represent all levels of institutions or schools, or anything that has to do with the group. In the church, ceremonies are essential, so the papal plate also symbolizes ceremonies - graduation, marriage, bar mitzvah, funeral, etc. These ceremonies are also a form of social norms. These ceremonies are also part of social norms. Therefore, the Pope's card may also indicate the person's participation in a particular ceremony or ritual.


In divination, the Pope is often associated with teaching and counseling, and represents an acceptable course of action from those in power, with followers following the Pope's instructions and his example. It is a card that is most popular with students, indicating that they are at home in the school environment and will do well on their exams. The Pope may also indicate spiritual pursuits (the center of gravity is often morality), or it may signify the presence of elders to help, or nobles to lend a helping hand, whether it be verbal advice or substantial help, or suggest that the person should seek the help of elders or professionals. In relationship divination, the Pope usually refers to a traditional romance or marriage, such as a blind date, or it may be a platonic spiritual love affair, or in the best case scenario, a wedding approaching. If the Pope represents a person, he may be a clergyman, a teacher, an elder, a nobleman, a professional, a master of ceremonies, a conservative, a defender of the Word, and so on.


This is a card about religious beliefs or traditions. While the Emperor has the responsibility to provide material conditions, the Pope's obligation is to provide spiritual direction and guidance. In an organized religion or church, the Pope shows the average person the way to understand their spiritual needs in a way that doesn't require much effort or giving up much of their ego. By showing them how to do it, the Pope gives them direction that, if followed, can lead to a path of connection with God. The Church offers a way of approaching the heart so that the average person, who does not have the heart to seek the way, does not become a lost sheep.


The journey of life requires a spiritual director who is experienced and able to guide it. The Pope is a recognized mentor. Although the paths of life are different, the trend of purpose is the same. You can choose a path that has been traveled before or be blazing another new trail. The journey is more secure when following an already existing belief or a spiritual path that has been traveled before. A path blazed independently by yourself has a different vision, though it may also discourage you when faced with a mountain of failures.


Traditionally the keys of the cross are one gold and one silver; the gold key opens the outer world and the silver key opens the inner world, and without these two keys you may lose the knowledge that the world holds. In the card that Ryder Waite relates, both keys are gold, suggesting that it is unlikely that you will truly understand the message being conveyed if you only follow the outer dogma. As long as you allow him to think that you are in touch with God, you run the risk of believing their knowledge of God or the universe rather than developing your own understanding by having your own direct experience. You lose the direct experience needed to develop accurate judgment.


Simply put, the Pope (the fifth card) suggests that your mind is narrowing, because once you allow someone else to take responsibility for your spiritual growth, you are less likely to allow yourself direct experience. It is only through direct experience that you can experience God for yourself and determine who or what God is. If I tell you what I have experienced of God, then what you need is faith. If you touch God personally, you can have an experience that might lead to understanding. Believing in something you don't understand is really a risky business. And going to the experience personally can provide evidence that removes the need for faith. The two stone pillars represent structures that free you from making choices and from taking personal responsibility. Usually the Pope represents the church, dogma and education. This card represents the sign of Taurus (which has the same meaning as the King of Coins and the Four of Coins). One of the themes of Taurus is "my way is not the only way". It is not the only way to believe, enter or live in a certain situation. This theme is particularly evident in religious groups who are absolutely convinced that their way of approaching God is the only way worth having, a way in which "only those who share our beliefs can be saved".


The Pope is suggesting that you have given in to someone or some group of people. Perhaps this is the time for you to take responsibility for yourself and your spiritual needs. Your current way of doing things is not the only way to cope with things, and if you are willing to explore it, you may find new possibilities.


In specific divination, when the Pope card in positive position is analyzing financial issues, it is important to take a conservative, prudent approach to achieving financial stability. This card also carries signs of success, but not a sudden, unexpected success, but rather a moderate pace to achieve goals. It is possible that the Pope card, which is sometimes collated, is describing pressure from others to pursue an acceptable career or financial approach.


The Pope may also be suggesting that your relationships have become a formality or a rule, and that your attitude has become one of "I'll do what everyone else is doing", which is not the only way to go about experiencing a relationship. You have to find a new way, and you may feel resistance from those around you, but it may prove to be worth it.


The relationship the Pope describes is one that conforms to the expectations of others. It is difficult for the partner in this relationship to be true to themselves and to what they really want in a relationship because they feel pressured to adapt to what others expect of them.


Here's a good example: Heeley complains that Mr. Julo works day and night to the point that their married life has become boring. When I looked a little deeper, I realized that she would marry Julo because of her family's strong approval. She admits that at first she would have preferred to travel the world and perhaps meet a few more people before deciding on a long-term partner, but her family felt that she was planning to "do something reckless" and pressured her to get married. At first, she enjoyed their good intentions, but after four years, she deeply regretted not resisting their pressure.

Core Tip

In general, this card means that you are willing to conform to the expectations of others, and this desire will cause you to modify your behavior in order to gain acceptance and understanding.
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Knowledge Expansion

Believers feel they need this Pope in order to have contact with God, not realizing that they can have direct contact with God at any time.
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Card Meaning Extension

The Pope is the fifth card in the deck, and the overall number "five" represents narrow-mindedness, so the Pope card in the square represents a limited point of view.
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