Chapter 8-Key-5 the Hierophant
ATU 5-The Hierophant, represents the universal Key of learning and teaching.
This key or principle was well explained in the publication of the-Course in Miracles-"as you teach so will you learn.’ If that is true, and it is true indeed, do not forget that what you teach is teaching you."
The Hierophant is also the High Priest in many decks. However, this card requires us to have faith in ourselves; “above all things know thyself" is often forgotten in family situations and in the mundane world of survival and the Patriarchy of the priesthood. The family situations are represented in this card by the images of Isis and Osiris and Horus.
In pre-Christian times, Isis was the image of Intuition. Osiris, the image of wisdom which can be seen as the scepter of wisdom, and the staff of moon belonging to Isis which is also known as representing instinct. Horus represented Perception and Vision, as a child born of Intuition, knowledge and Wisdom the Animus/Soul that, we represent on Earth. We are the children of Intuition and Wisdom who are to be the purveyors of perception and vision. We must have faith in following our childlike abilities of innocence and curiosity (the child in the star); we are to walk the mystical path with the practical feet of the Magus. We are the All Potential of Daath, the Birthplace of our Animus/Souls.
The Hierophant is that inner part of ourselves that knows how to express our divinity into the outer world.
When thrown during a reading, The Hierophant card indicates the desire for self-teaching and learning. The need to make things tangible and practical. The HIEROPHANT is the administrator of the Yin Yang (Osiris Isis) duality which emerges with Chokmah, is formed by Binah, and which begins as manifestation below the Abyss in Chesed.
Crowley/Lady Frieda Harris's Thoth Card is considered one of the most important in Tarot, containing many traditional elements intermingled with Crowley's own discoveries and philosophies. For instance, the image of a child in the Pentagram that is within a larger Hexagram, is explained as. "This symbolizes the law of the new Aeon of the Child of Horus, which has supplanted that Aeon of the 'Dying God' which governed the world for two thousand years". Crowley believed that the rhythm of the HIEROPHANT is such that he moves at 2,000 year intervals. Remembering that this is a Spiral Universe, made of multiple frequencies and dimensions (harmonies) of One Universal Collective Unconscious Energy, and that there are rhythmic movements in the multiple States of Conscious Energy, of which the HIEROPHANT is a major state, making this cyclic movement seem plausible. It is also nice to know that within our own infinity (inner self) resides our Librarian of Universal Tomes who will not hesitate to instruct the diligent student. But until we are no longer satisfied with the ludicrous fantasy of our own cultural "Group Soul", we will never be able to achieve the mental velocity to escape our imprisonment of Time and Word- created perspectives and consciously enter the infinite depths of Our Spiral Energetic Self.
Each of us is a Tree of Life, and each of us makes his/her own Qabalah as we have all began as the "heavenly HuMan". When there is a shift in the 2,000 year Group Soul from Patriarch/Osiris to that of, Horus (Sun/Son of the Divine Creative), those who can't behold the more advanced perspective, will have to live in a lesser intelligent fantasy of their own making on some other planet or the astral realms of dream. Sensuality then, will be condemned to memory rather than new intimacy with creation and as we know from our own experiences, after collection of moments and/or passage of time, sensual memory fades to a point where only the most extreme of sensual experiences are remembered. Luckily the HIEROPHANT that is a Higher State of Conscious Energy within our Tree of Life (our Spiral Pattern of Force and Form) gives us back our dimensionally shedding of memories. These discarded memory bites are stored in the intelligence called Daath---"the invisible Sephiroth"---known in English as –Knowledge, residing invisibly just above the Abyss on the Middle Pillar. Obviously, to get to this point of inner-journey, we have to experience the "Dark Night of the Soul", achieving an emptiness of perspective so that we can be refilled or as I like to say, where we can claim our inheritance as the Divine Child of the One Mind. The HIEROPHANT awaits us all, and will fill to capacity, the thirsty personality! Just remember, the evil that resides in each of us, it is known as the "ego", this is a "man-made" self-identity, that is not nor has ever been you. The cleverness of this inner devil, is that it has convinced us all it is ourselves. This is the Patriarchal data that has supplanted true knowledge of Self. To find yourself, you must let go and let Soul take over your brain. The Soul's wisdom will exorcise this demon made of propaganda and enslavement of identity by media.
As a Divine Child, you are denied nothing that "ever was or will be", only you have the freedom to deny yourself! Thus, you should know that the HIEROPHANT does not have Authority over your Spirit (Animus), and that your freedom of choice is still intact. Your True Name is "I AM" which constructs, by self- perspective, your objective self-called "ME". You are the one I (eye) of your constructs.
Upon examining this card, the HIEROPHANT sits on a Bull between two elephants, holding a wand of three interlocking rings, symbolizing the Aeons of Isis, Osiris and Horus (the Child in the Pentagram) Beneath is the veiled "Scarlet Woman" (Crowley's interpretation of Anima), who is shown riding the Lion Serpent in the Lust card of Thoth Tarot, where she is unveiled, depicting purity. The 9 nails above, symbolize Vau, the linking of the above and the below (the nine Sephiroth below the 1 that is Kether, who is Fiery-Darkness/unlimited Light.) The Manifested Spirit, passes along the "Window" (triangular ray of Light -upward from the Scarlet woman ) from the Microcosm (Microsopos) to the Macrocosm (Macrosopos).
Now all is not "sweetness and light" in the HIEROPHANT, and most authorities on tarot agree that there are some unpleasant aspects to this Key/ATU. I would recommend that the serious student read the book by Richard Cavendish: THE TAROT, where the implications of this State of Energy Consciousness are very cleverly related to Gnosticism. He points out that the Demiurge, the Lesser Creator which rules over manifestation (decides measurement), was also known by the Gnostics as the "Great Deceiver", and initiates of the Valentinian Gnostics were taught to ignore the authority of this one who is a type of staunch librarian and only has authority over its library. Truth is, there is only one authority over us, and that is our own "Will to be" and/or Freedom to Choose the "What" of I AM and we get to experience freely the consequences thereof. Only slaves need saviors! As the Golden Sun Child of the One, who is 2 (0=2), we have only the I AM as our Authority/Author.
THE HIEROPHANT- Key 5 is known as the Path of Vau /Vav(Nail or Hook), is the 16th path, on the Tree of Life. Leading from Chesed (mercy) to Chokmah (wisdom) and is known as the Eternal Intelligence. The Path of Vau is the uppermost path on the Pillar of Mercy (Right hand Path). In the Golden Dawn texts, this path is described as, “The Zodiac acting through Taurus upon Jupiter". Here, Chokma is Jupiter, and his action is the spermatic potential of the Manifested Universe Chesed, the Yod of Microcosm (Microprosopus), is the Father in Manifestation, while Chokmah (the Yod of the Macrocosm (Microprosopus) is the Supernal Father.
Therefore, the Path of the Hierophant is a powerfully masculine one (Electric Force), to which the Bull-Taurus is applied and image definitively applied to this card. Being "Fixed Earth", this is a stable foundation; a stabilizing extreme. This is the absolute foundation of the process of revelation.... where the inherited Knowing of the Creator, where the Great Father, is expressing Its experience through the Supreme Spiritual Self (0=2)to the Beauty of Tiphareth (The Sun/Son of Beauty). Thus memory is involved and the solid foundation of "Above all things, know thyself" is established as a Universal Inheritance for the Divine Child. We also must understand that our "enemy" is within our divine house, body, and that we must become the "Strong Man" (From the Gnostic Text-Nag Hammadi Library) that doesn't allow burglars in his home. You may have read by now my own daily axiom of: "I AM The Will, I AM the Way, I AM the Wealth and I own the day"! However, I also own the ego, and it knows it. It is cleverly attached to the subconscious/animal survival mind, and therefore we believe it to be ourselves, but the body has never been "ourselves", for we are Psyche's of the Radiant Animus/Anima of the One. 0=2.
As previously stated; The meaning of the Hebrew word Vau, is nail or hook, implying a nailing together, or binding, and links the Macrocosm (The Great Universe) and Microcosm (Manifestation), and/or The Greater Self to the lesser Self of matter, forever linking us to the Divine Spirit. THE HIEROPHANT is a link-related to teaching, which relates Higher ideas into Lower organisms that is often called, "As above so below". The Hierophant is a state of conscious energy that is the only source for our understanding of the inner Spirit/Spiral energy conscious. This "Magus of the Eternal" as stated by Dr.Paul Foster Case in his text," THE THIRTY-TWO PATHS OF WISDOM, as being the," .... Pontifix, the 'bridge maker' who provides a connecting link between outer experience and interior illumination." Thus, the Hierophant gets the discriminating experience of the Body-operating-Personality, while teaching that very same Personality its inherited Divinity. Thus, The Hierophant can be said to "Learn by Teaching" and the Eternal Intelligence can be called "Life" and/or the Reasoning behind manifestation, implying that a teacher who learns from his students, is a great teacher. This implies that the Hierophant is also learning.
Crowley's main concept was the "grounding" of the 5th- Key-, using the corner symbols of the Four Kerubim (Guiding intelligences of the Four Elements) as the tentative expressions of the primordial Elements of Kether (Crown) that are passed down to Chokmah as the Sphere of the Zodiac. Interestingly, we think of the Zodiac as 12 signs, but it is really four ternaries... Where each element is broken down to three signs. To the Qabalist, this relates to Yod (hand) Heh (Window) and Vau (Nail).
The Administrator to the emerging duality that is Chokmah (Phallus /Womb, Animus/Anima ;male- electric and female, -magnetic) is the Hierophant and it's given form or structure by Binah (Great Mother) which begins as manifestation as Anima below the Abyss (Dark Energy/reflecting electricity and Dark Matter/reflecting crystalline light) in Chesed (Mercy). All of this, relating to Tiphareth (Beauty-Synchronicity-Soul), the central point of manifestation and the Original Identity of Soul/ I AM. This relationship is shown in two ways, first as the letter Vau, which is related to "The Son/Sun" and/or Spirit ( Animus), and Tetragrammaton while the second is the number 6 as related to Tiphareth/Soul.
Crowley shows this by the Pentagram on the chest of the Hierophant as the four elements are combined under the fifth Element-Spirit, thus forming the 5 pointed star. The Pentagram image, confirms the Great Work known as "As above, so below", a process in which the symbolic Moon always is a key part. For the Moon is both above and below the Sun on the Tree of Life, as it is both implied as Yesod (Foundation) and is the Path of the Priestess and is exalted in Taurus.
Let us not forget that Taurus is also ruled by Venus, referring us to the Empress, the Path of Daleth, between Chokmah and Binah. THE EMPRESS is Mother Nature, and/or the fertilized Universal Collective Unconsciousness that is the foundation of the HIEROPHANT'S teaching of "measurement".
THE HIEROPHANT'S teaching is intuitive, as it is on the "feeling" side of the Tree of Life (Venus-Netzach side), applying intuition to concepts collected by reason and built up by memory. I would recommend you meditated on the Thoth Key 5 card and understand how your I AM has been hijacked by the clever manipulation of words as your definition. You are the creator of words, as communication, not as personal identity, for You were always "whole Spirit" (Spirit-Psyche-Body) and lack nothing but memory of whom I AM is. The ego is not you. It is a viral program of self-destruction/Slavery, that has been implemented by "pleasure/pain training" and/or brainwashing. It is the Satan that must "get behind me" and therefore within you not outside of you resides your enemy. Hence, the Hierophant is a great librarian, but not your creator, who thinks it knows your measurement. However, your measurement of Self, is entirely yours. Your creator is the Divine Creative- the 0=2. One who is Anima Divine -Feminine and Animus- Divine Masculine.
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The anima and animus, in Carl Jung's school of analytical psychology, are the two primary anthropomorphic archetypes of the unconscious mind, as opposed to both the theriomorphic and inferior-function of the shadow archetypes, as well as the abstract symbol sets that formulate the archetype of the Self. The anima and animus are described by Jung as elements of his theory of the collective unconscious, a domain of the unconscious that transcends the personal psyche. In the unconscious of the male, this archetype finds expression as a feminine inner personality: anima; equivalently, in the unconscious of the female it is expressed as a masculine inner personality: animus. The anima and animus can be identified as the totality of the unconscious feminine psychological qualities that a male possesses or the masculine ones possessed by the female, respectively. It is an archetype of the collective unconscious and not an aggregate of father or mother, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles or teachers, though these aspects of the personal unconscious can influence the person for good or ill. Because a man's sensitivity must often be repressed, the anima is one of the most significant autonomous complexes of all. It is said to manifest itself by appearing in dreams. It also influences a man's interactions with women and his attitudes toward them and vice versa for females and the animus. Jung said that "the encounter with the shadow is the 'apprentice-piece' in the individual's development...that with the anima is the 'masterpiece'". Jung viewed the anima process as being one of the sources of creative ability.What does anima and animus mean? - Definitions.net
The Tarot of Druids-Key V-Dian Cecht, illustrates the Celtic healing god who holds the therapeutic sources of Slaine. Click on link for more information. The Thoth Hierophant card is comparable to the Dian Cecht card. Hence both share the same divinatory meanings.
The name Dian Cecht may be a combination of the Old Irish common words dían 'swift' and cécht, glossed as 'power', hence the literal meaning may be literally "swift power".[a] The Cóir Anmann [ga] refers to him as the "god of power", with cécht glossed as "power" (Old Irish: cumachtae).
In Old Irish, there is also the word cécht meaning 'plough-beam' (or less accurately 'ploughshare'), but this makes "little sense in the light of his activities", and this lexical meaning is "presumably not relevant".
Linguistic knowledge about regular sound changes in Celtic languages (McCone, 1996) and analysis of the University of Wales’ Proto-Celtic lexicon and of Julius Pokorny’s Indogermanisches etymologisches Wörterbuch permit *Deino-kwekwto- ‘swift concoction’ as a plausible Proto-Celtic reconstruction for this theonym, hence the original name of the deity may have signified 'swift potion' or, by extrapolation even 'He-who-is-Swift-with-Healing-Remedies'. However this suggestion is problematic since the root is not attested in Old Irish, but only in the Brythonic cousin languages.Genealogy
Dian Cécht had fours sons, Cu, Cethen, Cian (the father of Lugh), and Miach according to a tract in the Book of Invasions (Lebor Gabála Érenn), although the same tract states that the fourth son, Miach the physician, was often not reckoned. Cu, Cethen and Cian were called the "three sons of Cainté" in the late modern narrative Aided Chlainne Tuirenn. Dian Cécht was grandfather to Lugh, since Cían son of Dían Cécht is the father of Lugh, by Ethne daughter of Balor.
Dian Cécht had yet another son, Octriuil, who was also a physician: Dían Cécht's two sons Octriuil (Irish: Ochttríuil) and Míach, and his daughter Airmed chanted over the healing well named Sláine (cf. § Curative well below).
Dian Cécht ministered to the injured by soaking them in "Slainge's Well" (Old Irish: Tiprait Slainge)[b] or rather the "well of healing" (Tipra Sláíne)[c] when the Second Battle of Magh Tuireadh (Cath Maige Tuired) was fought.
The well was located at Achad Abla ('Field of the Apple Tree'), northwest of Magh Tuireadh (Moytura). He also ground medicinal herbs nearby on Lusmag "Herb-plain", or else, he chanted spells over the well together with his two sons Miach and Octriuil and daughter Airmed.
Dian Cécht, when questioned on his ability, boasted to be able mend anyone but those who have been decapitated (or whose brain or spinal cord have been severely damaged); this he presumably accomplished using the Tipra Sláíne.[d]
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When the HIEROPHANT card is thrown during a reading:
- The querent is experiencing the Principle of learning and teaching which is a desire for making things tangible.
- The querent may be seeking guidance from a counselor who has knowledge and authority or is wishing to.
- There is a choice here, of aligning oneself to a philosophy, religion and/or set of beliefs to which one feels a sense of loyalty.
- Being free to disentangle one's-self from any belief system, the querent still chooses to be involved.
- There is an espousing of moral, ethical, and spiritual values which may attribute to oppressing others, especially when espousing orthodoxy.
- There can be an inner sense of obedience to authority, imagined or otherwise, contributing to gullibility.
- Recovery of Spiritual memory.
- Life is the teacher here, as the querent experiences growth through a meditative process of Buddha like philosophy that views every experience as a lesson-learning opportunity.
If ill defined by surrounding cards:
- Esoteric arrogance.
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