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The Pope Tarot Card

The Pope or the Hierophant embodies tradition, conformity, and established systems of belief. He serves as a guide and teacher, reminding you to learn from the wisdom of the past and established traditions. The Hierophant can also represent institutions, dogma, or a need for guidance and conformity.

The Pope or the Hierophant Tarot Card of the Major Arcana

Tarot Card Number: 5

Tree Number: 16

Ruled By: Taurus

Hebrew Letter: Vau

Numerical Value: 12

The Pope Tarot Card Description

This card, like The Papess Tarot Card or The High Priestess Tarot Card, are cards that seem to show a transition from the old religions towards Christianity. To add to the confusion, this card is sometimes also called The High Priest Tarot Card or The Hierophant. Though this card goes by all these names, the meaning of the card remains the same.

The card shows a man in a popes regalia with his right hand raised as if blessing the two priests at his feet. At the bottom of his throne is the insignia of the Pope, two keys crossed.

Primary Meaning

This is the card of learning, maybe more into the realm of the spiritual. This is the card of education and if symbolizing a person, a teacher. This card calls for the orthodox thinking and the need to be socially acceptable. This card may sometime mean marriage or a serious turn towards religion.

Secondary Meaning

Though this card is a very positive card, the negative brings bad advice, slander and a distortion of the truth. It symbolizes all that makes a relationship a bad relationship.

Further Reading

There are e-books or guides that offer the beginner some guidance.But no matter what is promised, you should always remember that true knowledge of the Tarot Cards comes with time.

Learning to read the Tarot Cards takes time, a lot of time and the virtue of patience is of high value during that time. Just this fact automatically filters out the ones that are not ready.

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