We are still discussing the Hierophant or Sacred Revealer of the 5th Arcanum in Tarot. Going along with sacred revelations , it must be discussed that in antiquity the Hierophant was always the medium of the sacred gatherings of initiations. In the times of the Egyptian mysteries of Osiris the method of revelation was a “play” or Dramatic representation of certain interior processes and transformations that were covered in myths of the sacred institution. This is to say the Myth of Osiris was also a internal process of the Brother set ( demiurge) and this slaughter of this other brother Osiris (initiates soul) with the Horus reassembling Osiris’s body, we are given a indication of a Myth that has a Moral, Philosophical and Initiatic representation.
For instance the Hierophant was in Aboriginal times called the Shaman, and the Shaman was a sort of Priest of the tribe that had passed through certain stages of preparation and purification, to be initiated into a sort of “other world” like communion and raised in consciousness to become more than human, but semi and ultimately purely Deific. The “revelations” of the mysteries were not something grand in the sense that we would see something different than every day things. It could be something as mundane as a Apple or Fruit of somekind. Another is bread and a cup of wine, another may be a stalk of wheat or a vision of the sun rising upon the Nile. It is in otherwords something extraordinary in the ordinary.
Perhaps the cards themselves are “revelatory” in nature. They possibly can take us through a stage of “preparation” to a “purification” ultimately resulting in a impregnation of meaning into the image itself leading to the Vision of Divine energies and potentialities. This is the intent of the Gnostic Tarot Cards Blog, to create a stage of Preparation for those who are not satisfied with their current way of spirituality. For those who know deep down that the connection of Godhead is not through a Human medium but can be known directly. The Hierophant gives some kind of “support” or “strengthening” of the influx of this power, to force the development of the initiand and push up the developmental fire and energy to “expand” consciousness or Initiate.
There are several initiations for those who are prepared and purified enough to follow the course of evolution. The path consists of several grades and developmental stages that are in similitude to those of Alchemy. This stage of the Osirian Priest-King is the Dissolution phase and similar to the Crucifixion of high grade initiates. The process has always been held in the highest regard by all and those who seek will inevitably start to penetrate to the inner circle of adepts who like the hierophant show us the polarities and powers of the divine pleroma. Our revealer gives us the “keys” to ordinary processes and shows the “truth” behind our words actions and intentions permanently altering our “view” toward a vision and experience of Apotheosis
We are still focusing upon the Sacred revelations of the Hierophant. The mystagogic figure depicted upon the cards often has a kind of special symbolic value associated to the images presented. Specifically to the two fingers being held up , or held over the heart are seen as “benediction” , what is actually depicted is a subtle change that was between the thinking of the two or single nature of humanity. Its a very interesting place that the card takes in relation to the religious aspect of the Two Forces. There are two columns, there are two fingers held up, there are two people prostrated at the feet of the Pope. In the image there are also 2 references to 3 the Triple Crown and the Triple Cross. Its interesting that the Crown has three different levels of enlightenment. It could represent the Physical , Subtle and Spiritual “attainment” of a real Priest, meaning it gives a deep representation of the actual place that the authority of a spiritual practitioner has been derived from
It is of interest to the Esotericist and Occultist that the writings of Meditations of the Tarot by Valentin Tomberg has a reference to MELCHIZEDEK. This Melchi – King of Tzadik Priests, represents the overall place that the Hierophant gets authority from. Now to throw the Gnostic angle into the picture we are going to look at it through a different perspective.
The so called “Sethians” are the Chosen few in the books of the Nag Hammadi. Seth is the Third son of Adam and Eve, and Seth is supposedly the Receptical of non mosaic tradition, ie Melchizedek and not Abraham. The Abrahamic religion is that which is Judaic, but the Sethian or Melchizedekian work is from Adamas and is more about the Group or Ekklesia, meaning Church of Enlightened Beings. This story is very important in the work of Martinez De Pasqually. Pasqually like we mentioned before numerous times, is also seen as a Mystagogue, and he called the Church of Adam or Group of Spritual Majors as the First Church or the Gnostic Ekklesia. Why all these different terms? It is important because the Hierophant is not just one individual, there is no single individual pulling all the strings in any form of manifestation. Even when relating to the Occult Planes, such as those of Ascended Masters, there is a Council. Some like the Shatan wish to take over the council and institute their own “order” or Ekklesia , this is respectively known as the Dark or Black Lodge. Lodge meaning in the Occult sense , Plane. This is similar to what a Merkabah mystic experiences when traveling from one Shamyim or heaven to the next.
It is only a select few that even care about such things, indeed in a age of Fundamentalist propaganda, taken out of its historical context the Pontiff of the Church here on earth is still without the “staying” power of the Ekklesia or Spiritual Church Council. This is why Illuminated men and women need to be “born” into the phase of development that the Hierophant is offering. It is said that the “two” fingers represents a specific demarcation between the Single Nature of Christ or Divine Spirit and the Dual nature. It could actually in this “icon” mean Two polarities of manifestation , indeed the Vessels and their counterparts the shattered Shards or Klippoth.
May all who strive for Gnosis find it, and when you find it may you share it and being shared may you keep it
It is time to discuss the 5th topic of the Major Arcana. We are now discussing the card titled the Hierophant ! from the Greek words Hiero Phainein meaning Sacred , and To Reveal or Disclose. More “profanely” titled The Pope. Its a great time for us here at Gnostic Tarot Cards. We have been transformed from the lower septenary , through virtues, to the social characters and divine archetypes behind them. We are journeying to the beginning of the process. Thats right! Part of Hierophantic revelation or discourse was the beginning for those who were called “listeners” they were those who were on a road or path to begin. Sometimes its easy to be caught up in the book learning and language of the day, to the point where it obstructs our ability to actually identify, or better yet , qualify, the greater impulses in life. This is EXACTLY what the Sacred Revealers of Wisdom did in the Ancient Mysteries, they showed us through odd rites and practices that there existed a “Mysterion” beneath our day to day existence.
The Hierophant shows us the Hieros Gamos , to use a sort of mnemonic tool, on how to Unite with our higher nature. As a depository of wisdom, there was a tendency to revere the revealer, but the important point, that all teachers impart to students, is ” the one who reveals is different than that revealed”. This was the antithesis of the Pope who was all about keeping in his personage the entire power of Union, or Salvation, or whatever the Hierarchy said they were giving, but never completely gave. It is the job of the new pope, that of Wisdom to impart to us “the things that are”. This was the way that when practiced led to the goal of becoming “wise”.
The Pope on the other hand did not transmit this Mystery, the Pope transmitted the Creed and Dogma of what has aptly been called “churchianity” because the Pope (since that is the PRO FANUS term behind this card) was supposedly given power from the Authority of Jesus Christ to save and baptize. But these rites were very old and had been practiced for centuries before the Orthodox “version” of them had been approved for the public. This is because even the Catholic , which means “Universal” , Church was aware of “deep mysteries” according to one of the Church Fathers Origen. There was a “public” teaching and there was a “private” teaching. The Private version was what gave the Church sometype of power but was said of some to be “withheld” from those who instituted the Religio Lictia of Rome.
As a “sacred” which comes from Sacr , meaning Holy, we are getting a Holy revelation. For some that means something different than others. So before we go forward these ideas must be discussed because each card of the Tarot is meant to be used with others, its these seed ideas that are imparted and right before the Holy Revelation of the Pope is the “emperor” and afterward “the lovers” . This is the first time we looked at the cards before and after the one in question, but its important because we are now getting to the beginning. We are seeing how the Emperor became the Pope and then instituted the Lovers. This is the POPE and not the Hierophant. One is from a State Emperor the other is not. So we are going to end with the “Two” kinds of Holy Revealers but going forward we are now “revealing” the New Gnostic Tarot Cards Blog on our own site http://www.gnostictarotcards.com/blog . This is where we will have ample space and ability to customize content better for our viewers, hopefully revealing the Tarot of Holy Revelation