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This is the 6th post in this series. You can start at the beginning with The Fool.
For this comparison, I have used these decks: Crystal Visions Tarot, The Steampunk Tarot, Happy Tarot, and The Gilded Tarot.
The Hierophant (or High Priest) is quite obviously a man of God (or equivalent). In the Crystal Visions Tarot and Happy Tarot, he sits upon a cathedra. In both decks and The Gilded Tarot he is dressed in religious garb. In The Steampunk Tarot and Happy Tarot he appears with two acolytes at his feet. This is a clear indicator that he speaks the word of God and people hang on them. He is God's messenger.
As with most religions, a follower would be expected to follow the word of God (or equivalent) and conform to a certain way of life. Follow the institutional structure set forth. The Hierophant guides you by bringing you the words "from above".
The Hierophant (or High Priest) is the male counterpart of the High Priestess, but the Hierophant is more on the side of organized religion, where the High Priestess is more on the side of spiritual "psychic" knowledge.
- Religious Leader
- Religious Beliefs
- Spiritual Wisdom
Did you notice any other similarities? What do they make you think of?
I hope you're enjoying Tarot by Comparison!
Next up is The Lovers (coming soon).
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