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TAROT CARD COMPARISONS: THE THOTH- Hierophant- key 5 & The Elemental Tarot - POPE key 5.

THE THOTH-HIEROPHANT- Key 5, the Path of Vau (Nail or Hook), is the 16th path on the Tree of Life. leading from Chesed (mercy) to Chokmah (wisdom) and is known as the  Eternal Intelligence.

The Path of Vau is the uppermost path on the Pillar of Mercy (Right hand Path). In the Golden Dawn texts, this path is described as, " The Zodiac acting through Taurus upon Jupiter".  Here, Chokma is Jupiter, and his action is the spermatic potential of the Manifested Universe. Chesed, the Yod of Microcosm (Microprosopus), is also the The Father in Manifestation, while Chokmah (the Yod of the Macrocosm (Macroprosopus) is the Supernal Father.
Therefore, the Path of the Hierophant is a powerfully masculine one (Electric Force), to which  the Bull-Taurus is applied and image definitively applied to this card, Being "Fixed Earth", this is a stable foundation; a stabilizing extreme. This is the absolute foundation of the process of revelation....where the inherited Knowing of the Creator, where THE Great Father, is expressing It's experience through the Supreme Spiritual Self to the Personality or Ego of Tiphareth (The Sun of Beauty). Thus memory is involved and the solid foundation of "Above all things, Know thyself" is established as an Universal Inheritance for the Divine Child..
The meaning of the Hebrew word Vau, is nail or hook, implying a nailing together, or binding, and links the Macrocosm (The Great Universe) and  Microcosm (Manifestation), and/or The Greater Self to the lesser Self of matter, forever linking us to the Divine Spirit. 

THE HIEROPHANT is related to teaching, which relates Higher ideas into Lower organisms that is often called, "As above so below". The Hierophant is a state of conscious energy that is the Only source for our understanding of the inner Spirit/Spiral energy conscious.This "Magus of the Eternal" is stated by Paul Foster Case in his text," THE THIRTY TWO PATHS OF WISDOM, as being the," ....Pontifex, the 'bridge maker'  who provides a connecting link between outer experience and interior illumination." Therefore, the Hierophant gets the discriminating experience of the Body-operating-Personality, while teaching that very same Personality it's inherited Divinity. Therefore,The Hierophant can be said to "Learn by Teaching". Thus the Eternal Intelligence  can be called "Life" and the Reasoning behind manifestation while also implying that a teacher who learns from his students, is a great teacher.

Crowley's main concept was the "grounding" of the Fifth- Key-, using the corner symbols of the Four Kerubiim (Guiding intelligences of the Four Elements) as the tentative expressions of the primordial Elements of Kether (Crown) that are passed down to Chokmah as the Sphere of the Zodiac. Interestingly, we think of the Zodiac as 12 signs, but it is really four ternaries.. where each element is broken down to three signs. To the Qabalist, this relates  to Yod (hand) Heh (Window) and Vau (Nail).

The Administrator to the emerging duality that is Chokmah (Phallus -Womb, male-female, electric-magnetic) is the Hierophant and its given form or structure by Binah (Great Mother)  which begins as manifestation below the Abyss (Dark Energy and Dark Matter) in Chesed (Mercy). Thus relating to Tiphareth (Beauty-Synchronicity), the central point of manifestation. This relationship is shown in two ways, first as the letter Vau, which is related to "The Son" (Child of God) , and  Tetragrammaton and the second is the number six itself is related to Tiphareth. Crowley shows this by the Pentagram on the chest of the Hierophant as the four elements are combined under the fifth element-Spirit, thus forming the 5 pointed star, the symbol of the "Ascended Man"; the child within that pentagram is Horus-"The Son of God". The Pentagram image also, confirms the Great Work known as "As above, so Below", a process in which the symbolic Moon always  is a key part. For the Moon is both above and below the Sun on the Tree of Life, as it is both implied as  Yesod (Foundation) and is the Path of the High Priestess and is exalted in Taurus.
 Let us not forget that Taurus is also ruled by Venus, referring us to the Empress, the Path of Daleth, between Chokmah and Binah. THE EMPRESS is Mother Nature, and/or the fertilized  Universal Consciousness that is the foundation of the HIEROPHANT'S teaching.
THE HIEROPHANT'S teaching is intuitive, as it is on the "feeling" side of the Tree of Life  ( Venus-Netzach side), applying intuition to concepts collected by reason and built up by memory.

As I previously stated, the HIEROPHANT is the administrator of the Yin Yang duality which emerges with Chokmah, that is formed by Binah, and which begins as manifestation below the Abyss in Chesed.
Crowley's Thoth Deck card is considered one of the most important in Tarot, containing many traditional elements intermingled with Crowley's own discoveries and philosophies. For instance, the image of a child in the Pentagram that is within a larger Hexagram, is explained as." This symbolizes the law of the new Aeon of the Child of Horus, which has supplanted that Aeon of the 'Dying God' which governed the world for two thousand years".
Crowley believed that the rhythm of the HEIROPHANT is such that he moves at 2,000 year intervals.

Remembering that this is a Spiral Universe, made of Multiple frequencies; thus dimensions of One Energy, and that there are rhythmic movements in the multiple "States of Conscious Energy", of which the HEIROPHANT is a major state, makes this all seems plausible. It is also nice to know that within our own infinity (inner self) resides our Librarian of Universal Tomes who will not hesitate to instruct the diligent student. But until we are no longer satisfied with the ludicrous fantasy of our own cultural "Group Soul", we will never be able to achieve the mental velocity to escape our imprisonment of Time- created perspectives and consciously enter the infinite depths of Our Spiral Energetic Self.

Each of us is a Tree of Life, and each of us makes his/her own Qabalah. When there is a shift in the 2,000 year Group Soul from Mammon/Osiris to that of, Horus, those who can't behold the more advanced perspective, will have to live in a lesser intelligent fantasy of their own making, on the Astral planes. Sensuality then, will be condemned to memory rather than new experience and as we know from our own experiences, after a bout of time, sensual memory fades to a point where only the most extreme of sensual experiences are remembered. Luckily the HEIROPHANT, that is a Higher State of Conscious Energy, within our Tree of Life (our Spiral Pattern of Force and Form) gives us back our dimensional- memories that are stored in the intelligence called Daath---"the invisible Sephiroth"---known in English as -Knowledge. Daath, resides just above the Abyss on the Middle Pillar.  Obviously, to get to this point of inner-journey, we have to experience the "Dark Night of the Soul", achieving "emptiness" so that we can be "refilled" or as I like to say, were we can claim our inheritance as the Divine Child of the One Mind. The HEIROPHANT awaits us all, and will fill to capacity, the thirsty student!

THE ELEMENTAL TAROT- KEY-5 is called the POPE and titled -Belief. Keeping to the old tarot depiction of the Pontifex who rules over the belief system that was in power during the middle ages.  With one hand pointing to the sky and one pointing to the ground, the Pope is represented as a link between spiritual values and material values.  The marble squares that support him are in the dark and white motif of the yin yang, male and female colors of opposites.  The yellow figure of Horus is shown falling to the ground, implying the coming down of a new group soul for mankind as the "Sun/ Son of God" returns and is established as the new group mind. 
The swarm of bees around the head of the Pope, suggests industry, order and purity. 
In the back ground of this colorful card, are five sheep seeking sustenance, implying the Pope also as Shepard.  

The Nag Hammadi Gnostic Text quote ( see yesterdays blog) , that is written in both borders of the Elemental Tarot-Pope card is from the  text,"Thunder the Perfect Mind".  This text was purportedly from a direct channeling of the Greek Goddess Sophia, through Mari Madelene. True or not, the saying, " I Am sinless and the root of all sin derives from me", is an enlightened way of describing the Heirophantic nature of this state of energy conscious.

As a Divine Child, you are denied nothing that "ever was or will be", only you have the freedom to deny yourself! Thus, you should know that the HEIROPHANT  does not have Authority over your Spirit, your freedom of choice is still intact. Your True Name is "I AM" which constructs by perspective, your objective self called "ME". You are the One I (eye) of your constructs.

Upon examining the Thoth card, the HEIROPHANT sits on a Bull between two elephants, holding a wand of three interlocking rings, symbolizing the Aeons of Isis, Osiris and Horus (the Child in the Pentagram) Beneath is the veiled "Scarlet Woman", who is shown riding the "Lion Serpent", unveiled and pure in the LUST CARD. The nine nails above, symbolize Vau, the linking of the above and the below (the nine Sephiroth below the 1 that is Kether, who is Darkness/unlimited Light.) The Manifested Spirit, passes along the "Window" ( triangular ray of Light form the Scarlet woman upward) from the Microcosm to the Macrocosm.
Now all is not "sweetness and light" in the HEIROPHANT or POPE  card and most authorities on tarot agree that there are some unpleasant aspects to this Key. I would recommend that the serious student read the book by Richard Cavendish: THE TAROT, where the implications of this State of Energy Consciousness are very cleverly related to Gnosticism. He points out that the Demiurge, the Lesser Creator which rules over manifestation, was also known by the Gnostics as the "Great Deceiver", and that initiates of the Valentinian Gnostics were taught to ignore the authority of this one who is a type of "Librarian" and only has authority over its library. Truth is, there is only one authority over us, and that is our own "Will to be" and/or Freedom to Choose and we get to experience freely, the consequences there of... Only slaves need saviors!
When the HEIROPHANT  or POPE card is thrown during a reading, the querent is experiencing:
  • The Principle of  learning and teaching which is a desire for making things tangible.
  • The querent maybe seeking guidance from a counselor who has knowledge and authority or is wishing to.
  • There is a choice here, of aligning oneself to a philosophy, religion and/or set of beliefs to which one feels a sense of loyalty.
  • Being free to disentangle one's-self from any belief system, the querent  still chooses to be involved.
  • There is an espousing of moral, ethical, and spiritual values which may attribute to oppressing others, especially when espousing orthodoxy.
  • There can be an inner sense of obedience to authority, imagined or otherwise, contributing to gullibility.
  • Life is the teacher here, as the querent experiences growth through a meditative process of  Buddha like  philosophy that views every experience as a lesson-learning opportunity.

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