Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Carpe Diem #190, The Hierophant ((V) Tarot

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

This month we are on a journey through the Tarot-cards deck and I am on a quest to share my knowledge of the ancient scriptures and to show you all that the Tarot is not only occult, but also divine.
As I started this month I wasn't aware of the 'struggle' and time that preparing the different episodes brings with it, but I enjoy it a lot.
As we go on with the drawing of the cards we now have drawn the card of The Hierophant (V) (also known as The Pope or Jupiter). With this card we have had the first five (excluding The Fool (0)) major and most important cards of the Tarot on which my idea of the divine Tarot is stated, because these five cards are synonymous with the 'stigmata' , the five wounds of Christ after He was crucified (both hands, both feet and His side).

sign of the Redeemer
five, and not four, wounds -

Saint Francis getting Stigmata

The Hierophant (or The Pope) is part of Tifareth, the sixth sephira in the heart of the Kabbalah glyph 'Tree of Life' ... that's where Christ consciousness is based, so we can say that The Hierophant is synonymous with Christ, the Son of God.
In times that this card was called The Pope it referred to the Leader of the Roman Catholic Church, the substitute of Saint Peter, the right-hand of Christ, and the one who denied him. As The Pope this card was placed in Kether (The Crown) the first sephira, next to The Fool. As we saw in the episode of The Fool, he (The Fool) was also part of Tifareth and synonymous with Christ Consciousness.

together as one
in the heart of the glyph (*)
Fool and Pope

(*) Tree of Life

Here we see a contradiction, because The Fool, does know nothing and therefore he's wise. The Pope knows a lot, but therefore isn't wise. He (The Pope) needs not to learn more in his thoughts. The Fool however is always searching for knowledge and wisdom ... he walks with eyes open into the world without asking why and how.
In several Tarot explanations the search for knowledge of The Fool is which binds the cards together. Therefore, the stream, the water as stated as binder of the cards in the episode of The Highpriestess is similar to the quest for wisdom. So water, the stream, is life giving and opens the mind for wisdom.

through the Tarot cards
The Fool is telling his story
his quest for wisdom

OK ... back to our card for today The Hierophant (V). Earlier in this episode I stated that the first five cards (excluding The Fool) are synonymous with the 'Stigmata' and this I based on:

[...] Henceforth let no man trouble me for I bear on my body the marks of Jesus [...]
Galatians 6:17)

Let us look closer to the depiction of The Hierophant on the Tarot card of the R.W.-Tarot deck:

He is depicted with his right hand raised as a sign of benediction with two fingers pointed skyward and two pointed down, thus forming a bridge between Heaven and Earth as in "so above, so below". The Hierophant is therefore the builder of the bridge between deity and humanity. He is seated on a throne between the pillars of Law and Liberty, or obedience and disobedience. He wears a triple crown and the Keys to Heaven at his feet. So depicting his power. In front of him are worshippers, humankind.
The two pillars, Joachin and Boaz, we have seen also besides The Highpriestess. These pillars we see also in the Kabbalistic glyph, the Tree of Life. The right pillar is of Mercy and the left pillar is of Severity. Both pillars have meaning in prayer, as do the fingers of The Hierophant's right hand. The two pointed skywards are for Severity which stimulates praying and Mercy, the two pointed down, which blesses.

praying hands
seeking the wisdom of the Lord -
cry of an eagle

This refers to the Lord's Prayer (Matthew 6: 9-13), which, I think, you all know. The two pillars beside The Hierophant, Prayer and Benediction are connected through the words of the Christ in the beautitudes of the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5: 3-12).

As you maybe know there are five elements, air, water, earth, fire and spirit. Spirit or Prahna (Chi) is similar to breath (breathing) and breath is bound to The Hierophant and so to God, because He gives life and He takes life. From ashes we came and to ashes we will return ... and than we are again part of God ... he made us with 'stuff' of Himself, and so we are not only God-like, but also God. (See also The Emperor IV).
For closure: "May that which is above be as that which is below, and may that which is below be as that which is above".

It was a joy to dig into the ancient scriptures and I hope that this episode will inspire you to write new haiku. This prompt will stay on 'till May 9th 11.59 AM (CET) and I will draw our next card, The Lovers (VI), later on today around 10,00 PM (CET).


  1. Kristjaan so many great haiku you give us.. Especially like the last one. All the info is a lot to understand.... but I cheated and took a different angle.

  2. Really a challenge today! Thanks for all your detailed articles on this topic--I had no idea the tarot also had all these Christian connections.

  3. Most fascinating and intriquing post on the tarot and integration with other philosophies ~ Lovely work that you do ^_^ Enjoy each moment. Thanks for all you do hosting.

  4. I am so thrilled to be learning about Tarot this month, and your inspiring examples are so wonderfully written,,

  5. Thank you for another great lesson in Tarot. One should always take the time to learn even if one doesn't always agree. That said, your haiku, as always, are superb :)

  6. A difficult one but I'm learming a lot...thank you for your hard work.

  7. This is fantastic, I love the haiku and I love your discussion on The Fool as well. Very well-researched