... The Hierophant's wand is composed of three circles which maybe conxidered as the three Aeons of Isis, Osiris, and Horus, interlocking their magical formula.
The fact that the Hierophant is the path of Vau, meaning nail, relates to memory. Memory binds together, as does the nail.
The Hierophant is considered to be the Triumphal or Eternal Intelligence and is the solid base of experience between the Supreme Spiritual Self and the Ego of Tiphareth. Memory is one aspect of this ; however the Primary function of The Hierophant is to link the Macrocosm and the Microcosm and the binding nature of this consciousness is described in many ways; linking the Sun and the Moon, it ties together the Above and the Below. Let us not forget the fact that it is related to teaching , not only the action of teaching but also the reaction of learning by teaching! The Hierophant is the only source for our understanding of the inner spirit, as he is the intelligent energy which binds inner spirit to the outer aspects of manifestation.
Esoterically, he is the "Magus of the Eternal". If you are acquainted with the Gnostic Christian teachings of Simon the Mage, you'll have a greater understanding of the Hierophant in each of us. Crowley uses the word "oriel" , meaning window, as the dark back ground of this card,as yet another symbol of the Hierophant's linking the Macrocsom and Microcosm, i.e. The Creator with Creation
When this card is thrown, the querent is experiencing divine wisdom. Manifestation and explaination.Teaching mainly in occult wisdom and/or seeking guidance in that area. There is also a choice implied here, of self alignment to a particular philosophy, religion or a set of beliefs to which a great deal of loyalty is felt.
Now if ill defined, this card implies patriarchy and the resulting oppressive law of orthodoxy. Some one acting as judge and jury, telling the querent how to morally be. In general, conforming to the cultural indoctrination and surrendering responsibility to social codes of behavior.
Now, as with all Thoth Deck Cards, by scrolling back through my many blogs, you will see more information about the Hierophant. There is always layer upon layer of knowledge to these cards as they represent at the very least, ten dimensions of conscious energy evolution.
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