Tarot Card Comparisons: The Qabalistic Thoth Tarot- Key 5-The Hierophant & The Jungian Tarot-The Hierophant-The Father as Law Giver.
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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Qabalistic Thoth Tarot- Key 5-The Hierophant & The Jungian Tarot-The Hierophant-The Father as Law Giver.

The Tarot of EliIn the Qabalistic Tarot of Thoth and the Tree of Life, between the Macrocosm [Macroprosopus] and the Microcosm [Microprosopus] stands the Hierophant Key 5-which is the Eternal Intelligence.

The Hebrew letter Vau (at bottom of card), that is attributed to the Hierophant, means nail or hook, which is appropriate as the Eternal Intelligence fixes the process of absolute revelation; it is the foundation, the base of experience between the Supreme Spiritual Self and the Ego of Tiphareth, of which memory is considered as one aspect. Hence the nine nails shown above the Hierophant.

All that we are is forever woven into the Divine Spirit (The Spirit/Psyche of The Universal Divine Collective Unconscious) by the binding Eternal Intelligence that is the Hierophant. The Hierophant links the "As above, so below"; the Sun and the Moon.

The Golden Dawn describes the Hierophant as "The Zodiac acting through Taurus upon Jupiter", thus making this card a powerfully masculine Path upon which the Chariot, which carries the soul across the abyss, travels this celestial rode that is the Path of Vau. 

As all of you who follow my blog know, I have mentioned and examined the Thoth Deck Tarot in many ways and compare it to many different Tarot Cards. This repetition is not because of confusion, but because of the Multidimensional nature of the  Energy Intelligence their images represent.  The Hierophant links the Great Universe with manifestation which alone requires books of explanation, for he is Administrator and/or Demiurge, as the Gnostics call him. He, also wrongly thinks he's in charge.

What surprises many students is the knowledge that the Hierophant is not just a teacher but the ONLY TEACHER/Administrator! He is the "Magus of the Eternal" (The "Inner Teacher"). The Thoth Deck Hermetic Qabalah- Hierophant does great justice to this concept as it is so full of symbol students will write essays for centuries. One may note that the Emperor-key 4, represents Father as the Law giver, Key 5- the Hierophant is the Father as Administrator of the given law.

You will notice that in the Crowley/Harris representation of this card, there is a pentagram on the Hierophant's chest that encloses a Child.
  1. The Pentagram is the symbol of the "ascended man", it represents the union  of Air, Earth, Fire, Water and the Spirit.
  2. The Child within represents the Child Horus; the enlightened human persona of the future the Psyche of the Divine Hermaphrodite.
  3. The figure of the Hierophant is that of a Titan.
  4.  And below him is the feminine figure of "The Scarlet Woman"--the Red/Dark Moon. Helps to remember that Black is really the Darkest of Reds.
  5. Around him are the corners of this card are the Elemental Kerubim who symbolize the primordial elements of Kether which pass down  to Chokmah as the Spheres of the Zodiac that is now grounded in manifestation.
  6. The three ringed Key in his hand represents the Aeon of Isis, Osiris and Horus.
There is so much meaning  here that great study is required. Leave it to say, that the Hierophant is the administrator of the duality which emerges with Chokmah as it is structured by Binah, and which begins as manifestation below the Abyss as Chessed and is thus related to Tiphareth (The Child Horus- The new Aeon) who is the central point of manifestation. The Hierophant is  The Great Teacher who also learns by teaching, therefore teaching  is part of the study here.

The window behind his head is the passageway for manifest spirit between Macrocosm and Microcosm. If you wish to  be enlightened by the Teaching Intelligence of the Great Universal Self----meditate on this card!

As stated, the HIEROPHANT is the administrator of the Yin Yang duality which emerges with Chokmah, 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 Qabalistic 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 HIEROPHANT is such that he moves at 2,000 year intervals.
Remembering that this is a Spiral Universe, made of Millions of Multiple frequencies of the One Energy. Thus dynamic dimensions of One Energy, that are rhythmic or cyclic movements in the multiple "States of Conscious Energy", of which the Intelligence that is the HEIROPHANT  who as administrator of The Law, is a major guiding state. 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. However, 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 indoctrinated perspectives and consciously enter the infinite depths of Our Spiral Energetic Self (inner self) and/or our Soul library.

Each of us is a Tree of Life (in 10 dimensions!), 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; of which many now do! Sensuality then, will be condemned to memory rather than new and therefore discernment teaching experiences. As we should know from our own experiences, after period 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, therefore less condensed State of Conscious Energy within our Tree of Life (our Spiral Pattern of Force and Form) gives us back our dimensional-Psyche "shewed", buy downsizing our Psyche into a personality of sensual memories of discernment that are stored in the intelligence called Daath,"the invisible Sephiroth"; known in English as-Knowledge and that resides just above the Abyss on the Middle Pillar (shown as the human form). 

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 Universal Collective Mind, i.e. the Divine Creative.

The HEIROPHANT awaits us all, and will fill to capacity, the thirsty student with his forgotten inheritance!
As a Divine Child, a Titan or Demi-urge, 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 as you are Law Giver for your personality. From Creation, your True Name is "I AM" which constructs by perspective your objective self called "ME". You are the One I  (All seeing eye) of your constructs, but you have closed your "I's" on the other "selves" of your whole Psyche; not because you are bad, or in error, but because in order to become solid enough to form sensuality, you had to "down size" your Titanic identity (Christians call this "the fall"). The problem is we forgot we did this! An this lack of memory is exploited by the ambitious who wish to be your "law giver", and thus control your body as a tool for their ambitions. Luckily, the Hierophant is the keeper of your Akashic records (Soul Library of "Selves"), and you need to just go "inward", where the eternal you resides, and therefore, "remember" your Divinity and become the Hierophant of your life motion!

Upon examining this fabulous Hermetic 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 who is represented as 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 the Hebrew letter 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 from the Scarlet woman upward); from the Microcosm to the Macrocosm.

Now all is not "sweetness and light" in the HEIROPHANT, 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 of The Divine Collective Unconscious" and only has authority over its library. Truth is, there is only one authority over us, and that is our own "I AM Me" and/or Freedom to Choose (Observer and the observed) and we get to experience freely, the consequences there of. Besides, Only slaves need saviors! We are of Daath:Knowledge, and our Souls are the Son/Sun of The Divine Creative (Tiphareth-6-Sephira). Even your Divine Parents do not give you law, you have freedom to rule yourself ...or not!

It behooves us to remember that the original medieval tarot Hierophant card referred to the Pope as the Divine's administrator of "god's law".Sincereligion was often confused with god by the illiterate, this is understandable. However, the Divine Creative, is not "man-made" and religion is. So all law that the Pope administered were laws that profited an organization used to rule the minds of the people, so they would be obedient slaves to the vision of the Papist. Therefore, we must first separate any belief that religion and the Divine Creative are one and the same. Religion does not create "imaginative, living things who are the Self images of the Divine Creative". Only the Divine Universal Collective Unconscious does!

The Jungian Tarot, of Qabalist Robert Wang, is subtitled in his book, Tarot Psychology, The Father as Law giver.
Robert Wang stated: "This is a difficult card relating to a Platonic and Gnostic concept of Demiurge which supposes that the illusions of the material condition are created not by a Supreme Deity (God the Father) but by a Lesser Creator who (erroneously) believes himself to be supreme. The crossed bands on his breast were, until recently, a sign of the Catholic priest's obedience to higher church authority."

The Jungian tarot, has illustrated the Hierophant in a traditional manner, seating him on a throne and crowning him with the triple tiara of the pope. As stated, the traditional Hierophant symbology was relegated to the restrictive practices and authority of organized religion. Producing "laws" that were often arbitrary and culturally determined to be representative of universal laws and/or truth.

The small figure in the Hierophant's right hand represents the original man/ the lover, who is potentially the perfect self who will evolve in the conditions imposed by the Hierophant, that are known as the restrictions of Earth. The globe with a cross, implies this Administration of Natural Law. Therefore, one could say that the Hierophant is the Administrator of the Laws of Physics as given by the Divine Creative. The pentagram is the symbol for the Ascended Man.

When the HEIROPHANT 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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