The main characteristic of these cards as a whole is punctuating what is important. Egyptian card associated with Mercury planet (thinking) and Virgo sign (objective analysis), we´re in a world where criticism judges what is right and what is not. It signals the parameter, valuation, sanctioning instance that may remind us about Justice (arcane 8) but now all that concentrated on a key character who doesnt´ miss when valuating things.
As an elderly character, an experienced voice comes to assist and guide our decisions. Unscathed, it´s a character resting in a position from where commands with authority the future of what is in touch with him. He doesn´t help but sanctions, as mentioned, guide and order young consciousness who look for him as a reference.
He´s also a character who knows about human beings, theirs possibilities and developments they´re capable of. He denotes science to do it but not permeability to share it: lonely character and a bit mean about his wisdom, he rests over the rest of mortals while continues in that supremacy position over the ones who come to encounter him.
It´s also possible to observe a lot of investment in his presence, even in the Egyptian card, in which he wears an outfit that even covers his torso. We won´t know the person behind these clothes but simply his sanctioning functioning, his discriminatory role, his evaluative action that just needs to manifest in the area of ideas to be effective. Thus, he´s not an action character but planning, mental direction, ordering things.
This card had been called The Hierophant (for Greeks), The Hierarch (for Egyptians) and The High Priest (Marseille). In all cases, his sanction extends specifically to what cannot be touched, questioned or modified, that is, what is out of mundane variables for valuation. The «sacred» space is an immovable space meaning that it can´t be changed and, this way, these cards character installs an inflexion space for the mind and understanding: the eternal that doesn´t justify itself, the eternal that is installed as truth and axiom.
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