Ruled by the zodiac sign Taurus and mellowed by the element of the Earth, the High Priest or Pope is depicted by a picture of a religious figure, wearing three formal elaborate vestments of his office, holding a triple scepter, and sporting a crown with three tiers. The Pope sits in a somber church environment.
The repetition of the number three signifies the three worlds - the material world, the world of the psychological conscious and the subconscious, and the world of learning or knowledge. His right hand is raised in benediction and attempts to channel the power to the various cross sections of the society. The crossed keys represent the edgy balance between the conscious and subconscious and hold the clue to unravel the mysteries of the mind.
The Pope wants to bring two initiates into the church to take up their appointed responsibilities. This signifies admission to any institution that vests group identity, like schools, colleges, clubs, companies or social groups.
The Pope represents a benevolent and moral influence. It signifies wisdom and practical suggestions that is also connected to the spiritual mind. He represents all that is conventional, tried and tested. In short, it is the enlightenment to understand the correct path. This card also represents union and some readers suggest marriage.
Reversed, this card stands for all things that the anti establishment and against the set rules. It represents someone who likes to make her/his own rules. It may also signify a confused mind. To some readers, this is a suggestion of a rift in relationship like divorce in case of a married person.
|Tarot Horoscope||Tarot Card Decks||Tarot Card Meanings|
|Moon||Pope (‘Hierophant’)||Popess (‘High Priestess’)|
|Temperance||Maison Dieu (‘Tower’)||Wheel of Fortune|