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The Hierophant, or Pope (arcanum five), stands for the search for truth and represents all organized religions, education, schooling, and any other kind of formal learning processes. The Pope, the interpreter of sacred mysteries, points the way to the pathways of silence and watchfulness and enables seekers to discover the inherent power of creative ability that lies dormant within them. Number five stands for the universal power of faith over human imagination, the faith to be creatively new.
When the Hierophant appears as a person, he's likely an old, favored teacher, therapist, counsellor, advisor, sponsor. That young Priest with progressive ideas, or the old Rabbi who was always so down to Earth and fun, or maybe an uncle who always offered such common sense advise.
At his best, he is about humility and teaching, about getting people through deeply frightening and difficult situations. He also respresents the wider rules of society, what we teach each other in order to get along and fit in, everything from common courtesy and social graces to laws and rules.
When reversed, however.....
Unfortunately, he can also represent that nasty teacher, the one who refuses to deviate from the text book, or a sour-faced elder who wants to keep the church old fashioned and in the dark ages.
When reversed the Pope symbolises bad advice, someone who tells us what to do so that they might benefit, and an inability to listen. In practice I have seen the Pope reversed represent corrupt lawyers, inept counselors and needy friends.
Misleading or dubious advice, poor counsel, slander and propaganda. Distortion of truth and a bad time for signing agreements. Misleading advertisements. Unconventionality and rejection of family values.
Upsidedown, this card is very reminscent of spiritual institutions who control information, maintain earthly power (the leaders are rich and living in luxury, while their flock is poor and in need).
They offer up rules for the purpose of being in control, rather than to make help the community morally and spiritually. We see this likewise in folk who take the moral high-ground in order to get their ajendas favored, while making opponents look immoral in order to undermine them.
This is the politician who asserts that he is a man or God, but his opponent is not. There is a strong pressure in this card to conform...or else.
The questioner may also be experiencing a disillusion-ment with their life. "Is this all there is?" If this is the case they should develop their spiritual life for they are being called to a new understanding.
LXVII - KNIGHT OF COINS
Astrological counterpart: Jupiter in Taurus, expressing persisting, evolved, and secure values.
Mythology: The Olympian smithy of Hephaestus, where he crafted the great treasures of the gods.
Yi Jing: 32 Hong/Persistence.
Description: 'The Knight of Coins' epitomizes that mood enabling us to create real and persistent values if we are hard-working, persisting, and tenacious. It epitomizes our desire to get things well done, which represents the basis for any future evolution. It represents the characteristics of the earth-element: physical reality, real results and pragmatic way of thinking and acting that give us the opportunity to experience sensuality. When we exaggerate this attitude, we get stubborn, rigid, lazy.
Matters of conscience: The card means developing the sense of reality and the search for new methods of using ideas and turning them into facts. It also means that we are concerned with problems of financial security and appreciate projects pragmatically. In some cases, the card is a warning for exaggerated moods such as: stubbornness, introverted or unscrupulous greed.
Personal relationships: It proves that our relationship is characterized by perseverance, honesty, persistence, fidelity, and sensuality. It epitomizes "a persistent relationship" and opens new perspectives for such relationships, in case we are not having a romantic relationship.
THREE OF WANDS
Dreams that turn into reality through circumstance and being in the right place at the right time. Successful ventures launched, inspiration and original ideas. Strength coming from successful enterprise due to the courage of one's convictions. Plans and ventures that are moving ahead.
The three of Wands. Compare this figure to the Fool who is also on a cliff edge. The Fool steps out in innocence, not realizing he is going to fall to his fate. The adventurer on the three of Wands is also willing to step out, but with full awareness of what he is doing. His courage is more informed, if less spontaneous. The three of Wands encourages you to move fearlessly into new areas.
Let the ships on your horizon take you far out into unknown seas.