The Hierophant, Devil, and Sun Tarot Cards (Magdalene Tarot Heresy III)
A significant Tarot card formation rich in a meaningful, heresy narrative can be seen in the juxtaposition of the Hierophant, the Devil and the Sun card. Each of these cards has a major character at its top with two smaller characters in the lower half.
Let us first take a look at the Hierophant (card), known as Le Pape or the Pope from France. He wears the Knight Templars’ cross on each glove, but rather than wearing the red cross worn historically by the Templars, it is a black cross. The Pope is from the church of Saint Peter. As represented in the card, he blesses the two monks before him whose hair has been shaved in the center of their heads, which symbolizes a vow of celibacy.
Strangely, in the image of the two monks in the Hierophant card, an arm from a red sleeve is coming out of nowhere into the middle of the card. The only arm in the same position with a red sleeve in the major arcane is in the Love Goddess image, as depicted in the image on the Lover’s Card. Lovers Link. The relevant question to ask here: Why is the Love Goddess’s arm showing up between two celibate monks?
Before I discuss the Devil and Sun cards in context of the Tarot formation with the Hierophant card, let’s please observe the card of the High Priestess. In France this card is known as La Papesse, the Female Pope. She also has the Templar cross on a band of her inner robe. Notice how her robe is held back by what appears to look like an enlarge penis, holding the robe closed. It does not connect with any part of the robe, so interpretation becomes relevant. The Female Pope, as depicted in the image of this card, has obviously not taken the vows of celibacy.
Some have concluded that the High Priestess card represents the infamous Pope Joan. Pope Joan was a woman who impersonated a man and became the Pope. I have concluded instead that the Female Pope, as represented in this card, is none other than Mary Magdalene, the most Beloved of Christ. The Female Pope holds an opens a book for those who can read the hidden symbols.
It is written in the Gospel of Philip, also known as the Gnostic Gospels:
“As for Wisdom who is called the barren, she is the mother of the angels. And the companion of the Mary Magdalene and he loved her more than all the disciples and used to kiss her often. on her
[…]. The rest of the disciples.. They said to him,
“Why do you love her more than all of us?” The
Savior answered and said to them, “Why do I not love you like her? When a blind man and one who sees are both together in the darkness, they are no different from one another. When the light comes, then he who sees will see the light, and he who is blind will remain in darkness.”
These two cards are conveying there are two different lineages of Christ. One lineage is the Roman Catholic Church whose foundation began with the work of St Peter. We should take in to consideration St. Peter denied Christ three times when Jesus was on the cross. The second lineage, lesser known of Christ’s teaching, was the lineage of Mary Magdalene who was at the foot of the cross during the crucifixion. The Gnostic Magdalene lineage focused on an individual direct experience with God and an individual’s awakening, while the Church was an organized religion on orthodoxy and control of people’s life and their access to opposing perspectives. More on the Female Pope will be presented in another Tarot formation.
Devil Tarot Card)
Now back to the three card formation at the top of the page. The second card that is in the formation, the Devil, has the resemblance of what is known as the Baphomet, an idol the Knight Templars were accused of worshipping. This accusation usually followed extreme tortures performed by the Inquisition guards. Although there are many different accounts as to what actually transpired in some of the events of the Inquisition and the Knight Templars, the truth is that most of what actually transpired likely has been lost in the sands of time.
No matter the specific events surrounding the Church’s reign of terror during this time period, it is widely accepted that torture and horrible methods of deaths were employed to people who were labeled as heretics. The real evil here, of course, is not false idol worship or heretical beliefs; it was the means and methods of extracting confessions, regardless of their veracity. The Devil image as represented in this Tarot card includes his two naked companions wearing leaves in their head-dress. Leaf wreaths were often worn by pagans that worshiped Mother Nature.
Pagans who worshiped the Nature Gods, such as the Horned God Pan, were marked as Devil worshipers during this time period. The Horn God Pan had his purpose. His job was to be sexually potent so that everything in nature would multiply and become plentiful. The Church twisted and scapegoated the Pan archetype as a symbol of the Church dressed as the Devil. The splitting of nature, sex and spirituality by the Church became commonplace during these dark, medieval times. This destructive imprint of separation collectively resides in the Western unconscious mind, no matter if one has been raised as a Christian or not. The legacy of its corrosive patterns are witnessed by seeing people raised in Western culture who hold a lack of respect for our natural environment, unhealthy expressions of our sexuality and unhealthy relationships with the opposite sex.
Sun Tarot Card)
The Sun Card brings us back to innocence as symbolized by the image of two children coming together. The colored ribbons around their naked bodies are symbols of fire/red and water/blue. The alchemy of these colors is also reflected in the dual colored robe in the card of the Temperance as she mixes her elixir between two vases. She reminds us to be patient, as symbolized in the alchemical process of our unfolding. The Sun is wearing a wreath, representative of the bounty of nature and all the gifts nature she blesses us with. The children are in an enclosed garden. It is reminder we need to return to the garden of our inner soul, where the alchemy of opposites are properly recognized as complementaries, not as opposites.
The Sun Card allows the form of opposite to come together in a joyous reunion, through innocence and rebirth. What has been hidden it brought to light. The Sun brings the hope we can collectively as a society of sentient beings to individually learn to respect and embrace Mother Nature, align with Pure Spirit and come into harmony with our relationships and our sexuality. This hope will be fully realized when we do all the required inner work in our individual journey to fully reconnect with Source.
Edited by Anant Akash