The Hierarch

DESCRIPTION OF THE CARD

In this card we find the Hierarch wearing his chain mail armour, sup porting to the right the Staff of Power. The jackal mask he uses only when he is officiating, when he is administering Justice; it symbolises the Supreme Piety and Supreme Impiety of the Law.

In the waters of life one finds the Balance of Justice, indicating that the movements, actions and reactions of the physical body are based in en ergy.

ESOTERIC MEANING OF THE ARCANUM

The number 5 is grandiose, sublime; it is the number of the rigour of the Law, it is the number of Mars and of war.

Arcanum number 5 of the Tarot indicates the Teaching, Karma and the Explanation to us. It symbolises the fifth cycle, the fifth race, the fifth sun, the five tattwas, the five fingers, the five gospels, the five senses, the five cells of the cerebrum and the ovary, and the five aspects of the Divine Mother.

Card number 5 of the Tarot is Initiation, Demonstration, Teaching, Karmic Law, Philosophy, Science, Art. We live in the Age of Samael, the fifth of the seven; the Return to the Great Light has been initiated. Life has be gun to flow from the external inwards; we are faced with the dilemma of To Be or Not To Be; we need to define ourselves as angels or demons, as eagles or as reptiles; to confront our own destiny.

Arcanum number 5 is the Hierophant, the Law, rigour. It is the Pentagram ablaze, the Flaming Star the sign of Divine omnipotence, this is the ineffable symbol of the Verb made flesh, the awe-inspiring bright star of the Wise Men.

Man is represented by the Pentagram; man the microcosmos, who with arms and legs extended, is the Five-Pointed Star.

The Pentagram with the two points facing upwards represents Satan, and is used in black magic to invoke the tenebrous. When the top angle is facing uppermost, it represents the Internal Christ of each man who comes to this world; it symbolises the divine, and is used in White Magic to call divine beings. If it is placed in the doorway with the two feet facing outwards, tenebrous entities will not enter. On the other hand, the inverted Pentagram, having the feet facing inwards, allows the tenebrous to enter.

In the upper angle of the Pentagram we find the eyes of the Spirit and the sign of Jupiter, Sacred Father of the Gods. Upon the arms isthe sign of Mars, the symbol of force. Upon the feet, the sign of Saturn, the symbol of Magic. In the centre is the symbol of occult philosophy, the Caduceus of Mercury, and the sign of Venus. The Caduceus of Mercury represents the Vertebral Colunm, and the two wings, the ascent of the Sacred Fire along the vertebral column, thus opening the 7 Churches of the Apocalypse of Saint John (the 7 Chakras) by means of scientific chastity. The chalice, symbol of the feminine Yoni, also represents the crystallised mind, containing the wine of light which semenises the brain. The sword is the masculine phallus. We also find the key and the pentacle of Solomon.

TETRAGRAMMATON is a mantram of immense priestly power.

Meaning Pentacle Solomon
The Illustrated Key To The Tarot

The Illustrated Key To The Tarot

The pathology of the poet says that the undevout astronomer is mad the pathology of the very plain man says that the genius is mad and between these extremes, which stand for ten thousand analogous excesses, the sovereign reason takes the part of a moderator and does what it can. I do not think that there is a pathology of the occult dedications, but about their extravagances no one can question, and it is not less difficult than thankless to act as a moderator regarding them.

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