The Chariot Vll Reversed. The Tarot of Marseilles.
An Interpretive Approach to Tarot.
Part 2 of 3.
The Chariot VII of The Tarot of Marseilles when seen in Reverse provides clues to difficulties a person or project may have in making progress. As most of our endeavours in life are tied to how we employ our spirit, our physical or worldly progress is unavoidably tied to our spiritual journey. My understanding of The Chariot VII is a preparedness for conquest and a movement towards something of considerable value to the charioteer. In the card’s image, the charioteer appears poised and stationary in full armour; but the image is not without a divine tension as the charioteer awaits a battle, the race, or the challenge, to become clear and evident. At any moment s/he will need to act.
The prime colours in The Chariot VII : Marseilles are red, blue, gold-yellow, white and peach. Colours are symbolic; they have meaning in and of themselves but can also be understood through the system of Chakras to represent personality traits and as indicators of general well-being. When reversed the colours are, symbolically, ill-defined.
Red is repeated throughout the design of The Chariot VII and suggests challenges associated with the First or Root Chakra being out of balance. Red, is the colour of love and passion, courage and strength. It is the energy of the tribe; of community, family and one’s purpose. The ill-defined red is repeated throughout the card - in the moon-faces of the charioteer’s shoulder armour, in his/her sleeves, lower garments and the canopy-supports of the chariot itself and the large upside-down red horse and might signify the charioteer is controlled by his anger and obsession.
When the The Chariot VII is upside-down, the charioteer looks out at the world from a compromised position; (on his head in the upturned chariot). He may not have completed necessary arrangements to ensure his/her success. S/he might not have enough self-confidence to pursue his/her goals. Or, possibly, be under the influence of a general lack of self-control over his/her passions and desires.
Blue is the colour of royalty, integrity and the Fifth Chakra, the ‘communication centre’ of the body. Deep blue symbolises composure and authority, with the ability to listen to others and to speaking one’s own truth. Communication is a key to self-expression, joy, a sense of humour and ‘good timing’. In the reversed picture, blue is ill-defined suggesting feelings of dishonesty, failure, a misunderstanding, self-rejection or depression. The charioteer appears unsure and his/her intentions maybe doubtful. The upside-down blue horse signifies an imbalance of power and looks weary; even sly or shifty. The charioteer’s ill-defined blue chest-plate suggests that his/her heart may not be ‘in-it’; perhaps an element of self-delusion.
Gold or golden-yellow is the colour of the sun, the victor, success and wealth. It symbolises having a strong sense of right and wrong, of tradition, warmth and generosity. The gold personality is that of the insightful advocate or supporter; one who shares his/her abundance with others. Gold is the colour of the Soul or Ninth Chakra, is symbolic of a person’s higher purpose and representative of synchronistic patterns that play an important role in shaping one’s destiny. Being reversed may suggest that the Soul has temporarily ‘lost its way’.
When ill-defined, gold loses its sunny, optimistic and charitable qualities and its focus on higher principles. Reversed-gold personalities are pretentious, self-important and crafty; the ‘control freak’ who works long hours because they are obsessive and judgemental of the efforts of others. Two-way communication goes out-the-door when we reverse the positive attributes of the colour gold.
The golden-yellow colour is applied throughout the The Chariot VII. The ill-defined solid golden ground effectively closes off the sky eliminating the image’s sense of openness and freedom. So much negatively aspected gold at the top of the card suggests that money or wealth has become the primary or driving objective; or the big problem. Whichever way, this oppressive layer of rock, like the lid on a coffin, sets the tone of the card.
The chariot’s golden crossbar appears to slice the card into two equal, almost completely separate and distinct images. The two upside-down horses sitting in the top half of the picture gives a sense of weight bearing down upon the driver. Beneath the horses and under the crossbar, the dangling charioteer is separated from his will, power and drive. The charioteer critically divided on an issue or some aspect of his/her situation and his/her thoughts may will be at odds with her/his emotions and physical needs or abilities.
The ill-defined gold surrounds the charioteer’s face and head. At the bottom of the image charioteer is looking directly at his sceptre; which looks like a swinging pendulum. The charioteer appears almost in a state of hypnosis! Has the charioteer been ‘hypnotised’ by thoughts of wealth and glory?
The golden crown is a symbol of legitimacy, honour, glory and righteousness, but it is upside-down and fallen to the lower regions of the picture. Perhaps the charioteer is not in his/her ‘right-mind’; her/his thoughts may be of glory but, in reverse, the symbols of crown and sceptre suggests a lack of honour and honesty.
The peach/beige, the colour of chariot’s carriage, wheels and canopy is a colour representing the Soul-Spirit. The carriage, symbolising the physical body, harnesses the power of the horses (the emotions and intentions) to move the wheels that support it forwards and towards a goal or purpose. It holds it the canopy for protection. Upright, colour peach/beige, symbolises courage, charm and genuine caring both for others and the self; and represents the importance of being true to ourselves.
When ill-defined, peach-beige signifies charioteer’s aims at manipulating others to get his/her own needs met; and, in doing so, the kind, true self is lost.
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Part 3/3 Numerology of The Chariot VII
The Chariot VII Reversed : The Tarot of Marseilles : Part 1
An Interpretive Approach to reading tarot.
Symbols, colours, numbers in reverse, taken both independently and collectively can often imply existing, potential or arising difficulties. My experience of reading tarot, is that a reverse card offers considerable value to the seeker by pointing out what is missing or incomplete, delayed or misunderstood or even important to beware of, about a situation, relationship or desire. Reversed cards simply offer warnings like a give-way or stop sign. It suggests that one looks before they leap; to double-check that one’s assumptions about are valid and authentic.
The Chariot VII of The Tarot of Marseilles, considered when upside-down or in-reverse provides clues to potential or underlying difficulties – for example – to successfully achieving their desired goal or making that big move forward in their plans. As we will look at later, the vibration of the Major Arcana Seven is primarily a spiritual one. Our endeavours in life are founded to how we employ our spirit; the physical or worldly progress we make is unavoidably tied to our spiritual journey and soul purpose.
My understanding of The Chariot VII is the need to have the courage to face difficulties and challenges in order to achieve personal objectives and goals; but to do so with our honour and dignity intact. Upright, The Chariot VII gives a sense of the reflective, anticipatory and stationary. There is wonderful tension in this image as the charioteer, in full regalia, awaits the start of the race, the battle or the challenge. The preparation involved to meet his/her quest, is clear and evident. The charioteer has positioned her/himself for a most important personal crusade.
The charioteer presents as a princely (crown) and military (armour) figure standing proudly in a glorious chariot; which symbolises the physical body. The the charioteer’s upper body represents human intelligence, thought, strategy, self-knowledge and self-direction. In front of the chariot stand two horses – red and blue – that paw the ground with their hooves to indicate their vitality, power and enthusiasm. The horses are not controlled by any harness or reins, for this the charioteer uses his mind. S/he is undivided in his/her purpose even though the circumstances difficult.
The horses symbolise the power of emotion and intention; the combination of which underlies physical organisation and stamina. The darker of the two horses, (the blue horse) represents the mysterious, magnetic and feminine aspect of the charioteer’s nature. While the brighter coloured red horse shows the dynamic, masculine and known nature.
When we look at the upright image of The Chariot VII: Marseilles we get a real sense of balance, control and organisation. But viewed upside-down, what do we see? How do the obvious changes in the placement and relationship of objects and symbols affect the card’s overall symmetry? What extra or different information do we glean from the now ill-defined colours and from the shadow-side of its numerological associations? What important information and insights does this reversed image now convey?
In The Chariot VII: Marseilles, the chariot is upside-down; no if’s or but’s. If the chariot represents the vital and purposeful body and the vehicle for progress and victory, the structure being relied on to achieve success is clearly not in a position to do so. The up-turned chariot has its wheels in the air and its canopy dragging on the ground. In this position, the vehicle is not going to take you anywhere; and may imply organisation that remains inadequate or vague or impractical. The inference is that, if you persist, you may well be setting yourself up for failure or injury.
If we are looking at the overall image of The Chariot VII reversed, the ground is now at the ‘top’ of the card; and at the ‘bottom’ of the card the is canopy. Both of these things appear as barricades that impose significant limitations on the charioteer. My immediate and overall impression of the charioteer is he is currently positioned “between a rock and a hard place.”
When reversed, the charioteer’s whole torso is beneath the horses with his/her head and crown appearing at the very bottom of card; This upside-down charioteer at once suggests a couple of things – that the charioteer may be undermining his/her own success by not using his/her fine intellect to make decisions and choices. Rather, the charioteer’s emotions are uncontrolled and unbalanced; and his/her intention, the driving force in this situation, is now divided.
The horse is the symbol of a balance of wisdom and power. It represents personal drive, passion and an appetite for freedom. Thus horses, when reversed, offer a warning to control physical passions, vanity and ruthlessness which may jeopardise plans or pre-empt defeat, in a battle or in competition. Not only do the horses appear upside-down but they have changed their relative positions; the feminine and masculine are now switched around suggesting there is confusion between wants, needs and desires.
Additionally, the charioteer’s facial expression has changed; showing perhaps some uncertainty or slyness. There is almost a hypnotic look in the face of the charioteer. The golden sceptre dangles loosely from the charioteer’s hand and, with the ‘power-ball’ pointing towards the ground, the sceptre appears as a large swinging pendulum. The pendulum is also used to help us make ‘yes-no-maybe’ decisions.
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When The Chariot VII is reversed, we are faced with an image that is clearly at with odds the upright version. How can this journeyman be expected to guide and control The Chariot with wheels in the air and a canopy dragging along in the ground? The charioteer has ground to a halt; he no longer has the means by which to move forward and achieve his goals.
The inverted image creates a shift in the picture’s weight creating an image that is at once unrealistic and unbalanced. At the top of the card the vast yellow is replaced by the upside-down sphinxes, solid earth, the barrier of city walls and the overturned carriage. The red-tips on the downward pointing turrets and towers are now ill-defined, suggest resentment or rage. The chariot in this position is useless and unsafe. When reversed, the cabin can no longer offer a 360° view of the landscape; the wheels are ungrounded; the weight of carriage bears down upon the lightweight cage and canopy, putting the carriage in danger of toppling over. The charioteer risks being thrown from his carriage, of losing authority and power and being consumed by the sphinxes; or being crushed under the carriage’s bulk and size. Yellow, now ill-defined demonstrates a loss of enthusiasm and joy. The negative qualities of the 3rd Chakra are low self-esteem, cowardice and cunning. The charioteer’s head and body hang down in the lower regions of the picture. And, with his head is so close to the ground both his safety and his sanity are brought into question. In this position, the charioteer’s capacity for visioning, magic and manifestation is greatly reduced.
The sphinxes have risen far above the charioteer signifying that ‘bestial’ qualities prevail (rather than those of ‘rationality’) and that he is trapped between the powerful forces of duality and opposites. Symbolically, an inverted lion (or two) suggests uncontrolled anger, confused thinking and conflicted emotions. As he is ungrounded, he may be given to nonsense. When reversed, the colours of black/white become ill-defined. The colour black, when well-defined, absorbs negative energies and suggests self-control and self-discipline and represents authority and power. However when ill-defined, black can signify depression, mood swings, sadness and negativity. The colour white, as a positive element represents new beginnings, wholeness and completion; and quietens emotional upsets. However, when ill-defined, white can symbolise isolation, lack of imagination, criticism and boredom.
With his armour inverted the many inherent strengths and qualities referred to the upright uniform are undone, altered or diminished. The dense and intricate astrological symbols adorning the charioteer’s battle skirt and belt that represent his truths, beliefs and actions and negatively oriented and may bring into question his self-understanding and motives. The reversed silver of his chest and arm plates imply that the magic, gifts and protection of the Goddesses may no longer be available to him; and he may be influenced by the ill-defined qualities of silver causing indecisiveness, insincerity and self-deception. The Moon-faces as sources of enlightenment and imagination, no longer look skyward for their inspiration. Facing the bottom of the card and submerged in ill-defined yellow we might question the source and nature of his driving force and ideals. The inverted wand also, makes us wonder what unseen forces are now informing his will.
Wedged between the conflict and confusion, suggested by the reversed sphinxes, the symbol of Isis now plummets towards the ground. And the Hindu emblem, now reversed indicates his inability to harmonise his male and female energies; while the colour red, now ill-defined represents anger. The Star shines but illuminates the lower regions at the bottom of the card, suggesting that the journeyman’s vision seriously limited with the path to hopes, dreams and fame unclear.
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The Chariot VII Upright
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The Chariot VII is a carefully composed, symmetrical picture that gives a sense of anticipation, organisation and balance. The card is filled with positive symbols and elements suggesting the possibility of great personal success. The rich and complex imagery on The Charioteer’s armour suggests that his/her quest will not be a simple or easy one but will demand the full extent of his/her inner and outer resources. The expanse of yellow sky shows a feeling of optimism and certainty. The visual ‘weight’ of the overall image is concentrated in the lower part of card, demonstrating that his/her quest is realistic and well-grounded in the physical world.
The Charioteer is poised; ready to take-on the challenges that lie ahead. His/her gleaming helmet brings our attention directly to the large guiding Star that serves to illuminate his/her path. The Star represents possibilities of fame, fortune and the fulfilment of hopes and dreams. The silver colour of the armour on his/her chest and forearms symbolises dignity, self-control, determination and organisation; and upright, represents the magical gifts and safe travel bestowed by Goddesses. The two Moons on his/her shoulders have their faces raised towards the sky signifying that The Charioteer is able to access information from mystical sources through his insight, intuition and imagination. His/her belt and battle-skirt are rich with astrological glyphs demonstrating a keen understanding of his/her own personality and personal destiny. The environment from which s/he commences his/her travels is bathed in bright yellow, the colour of the 3rd Chakra, signifying a joyful intellect and representing a healthy self-image, self-confidence and self-esteem.
The Chariot itself appears well-designed and structurally sound; the open cage that supports the canopy provides the charioteer with an uninterrupted 360° view of the surrounding environment. Trump 7 is often referred to as a card of ‘clear-vision’ or clairvoyance. The star-encrusted, pale-blue canopy symbolises that both Charioteer and chariot move under the protection of the heavens and the guidance of the cosmos. The light blue canopy is the colour of the 5th Chakra demonstrating the Charioteer’s ability ‘give voice’ to his dreams. The Charioteer holds his gold-tipped and pale blue wand before him/her demonstrating that the source of his/er will power; showing s/he holds the secrets of the universe in his/her hand and in action, reflects the principle of divine inspiration; again we see ‘as above so below’ as an energy that underlies personal endeavour and success.
On the front of the chariot is the symbol of Isis; the full moon supported by extended blue wings showing that The Egyptian goddess gives the journeyman both her blessings and the magic needed to take his/her vehicle on the correct path. The red Hindu emblem symbolises the seamless union of male and female energies. The solid rise of city walls behind him/her signifies healthy personal boundaries; while providing sure context for his/her quest. Both The Chariot and the cityscape are soft grey, a feminine colour that represents flexibility of thought and action offering The Charioteer the capacity to change and redirect his/her focus, as necessary. The red-tipped towers and turrets add to the image’s overall symmetry and symbolise his/her passion is supported by well-defined goals and objectives. The river of life flows full and evenly between the chariot and the city, suggesting that even while The Charioteer has his/her own agenda s/he remains connect to a potent, fluid emotional life-force.
The Charioteer uses no physical means to control the powerful black and white sphinxes; their mirror image patterns symbolising the body and mind and the four elements - earth, wind, fire, and water – all existing in correct balance. The Egyptian sphinx implies the power of the ‘lion’s strength’. To avail him/herself of this power, for his/her own purposes, the emotions must be controlled by the intellect and physical strength directed by The Charioteer’s own willpower and by divine will. With this level of self-control, the mythical beasts of half man-half lion remain obediently at the base of his vehicle, quietly flicking their tails, in anticipation of the demanding and exhilarating journey ahead.
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But let’s face it folks, not all of us make choices based on our inner desires. The imagery in the reversed The Lovers and The Lover share many of the key indicators of unwise choices and decisions.
In both The Lovers and The Lover the Sun features strongly as a symbol of new and successful beginnings; the yellow-gold symbolises a loving benefactor, wealth, power and vibrant health. It is the colour of the Solar Plexus or the 3rd Chakra and energy-centre of the body; it represents emotional intelligence, self-confidence, self-esteem and self-authority. Reversed, The Lovers card shows the golden-yellow threatening to disappear from view; the setting sun might perhaps leave the two figures standing in darkness. Similarly, the sun in The Lover now appears in the lower part of the card and its beautiful rays of gold, red (passion and earthy-energy) and blue (truthful and noble communications) are ill-defined. Gold-yellow when ill-defined is a sign of pessimism and superficiality; weakening the chances for new beginnings and victory.
The heavenly figures of compassion and patronage hang upside-down and appear to be exiting the picture; why should they hang around when they are not being seen or heard? In The Lovers the Archangel’s head of flaming red and green hair and his great orange-red wings and hands are spread out as one who is falling – head first - from a great height. His great, purple-grey cloak becomes a confusing maze of fabric that hides him from the woman and man’s sight.
Having now risen above their angelic guardian, their heads are covered with a dense, grey fog which suggests that the two are emotionally confused. The man and woman appear ungrounded as their feet hardly touch the earth and hands and arms gesture with a sense of uncertainty. The woman’s hand motions to the tip of the large, brown mountain as it now dominates the upper part of this image. While a mountain signifies obstacles, the colour brown symbolises material security and the accumulation of material possessions. Brown, ill-defined, can signify hidden emotions and effectively hiding your true nature. The mountain apex points directly at the grey fog maybe suggesting the nature of the issue that now splits the male and female. The mountain penetrates the pale blue sky; the colour of the 5th Chakra that represents speaking your truth.
In The Lover, poor little Cupid’s wings cannot keep him upright. His chubby little legs flail around above his body as his head nods too close to the ground.
Cupid’s legendary aim now appears unsteady and the pulled bow looks as if it could backfire. The male figure looks trapped between the two female bodies. The robes of the women clearly indicate contrasting beliefs; (blue over red and red over blue). An ‘ill-defined’ deep-blue colour indicates lack of integrity and trustworthiness; while ‘ill-defined’ red can stand for anger, aggression and even hatred. The man’s feet have risen to the top of the picture with each one turned in the direction of the women. Bare feet can symbolise fear of poverty and a loss of livelihood; perhaps grounds for his indecisiveness. The mound of earth pushes downwards, giving him less space ‘to move’. The older woman appears larger and more dominant than all the other figures. While she tightens her grasp on the man’s shoulder, the younger woman’s white arms appear to flap about in chaos; she appears to have completely lost her grip.
What would be my interpretation of The Lovers and The Lover in Reverse? It is, perhaps, not to ‘let the sun set’ on what is truly important to you. Overcome obvious obstacles and do not be persuaded against the thing(s) that you are passionate about. Use the empowering energy of your 3rd Chakra and go with your gut instincts to help you to make joyful decisions about your own life. Consider your higher guidance as a unique and powerful source of inspiration, whatever image that might take. Trusting the validity of your intuition is an essential part of the journey to success.
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Upright, The Lovers and The Lover indicate qualities important to making well-balanced choices and decisions. In the Major Arcana The Lovers VI and The Lover VI relate to making choices that reflect our deepest yearnings; who and what to love. We can be passionate about a course of learning or study; a vocation or avocation; about relationships and/or people; travel; settling down; or our health and well-being. Situations that arise from what we choose to devote ourselves to are almost limitless.
In The Lovers VI an Archangel with huge, red-orange wings is positioned before an intense golden-yellow sun. The Angel and Sun give us a clear signal that divine inspiration, guidance from our higher self, is foremost when making decisions about our true needs. The Angel is an expression of the blessings, love, joy and protection we feel when choices are made in harmony with our heartfelt wishes.
Below the Angel we see a man and a woman who also symbolise the feminine and masculine qualities, common to everyone. The woman looks directly at the Archangel for insightful advice. The man looks to the woman perhaps seeking to bond with her; or with his own feminine intuition. The man and woman stand with their feet placed firmly on the ground; they are uncovered and their open body language indicates they are ready to receive guidance. They physically mirror each other giving a sense of unison and agreement. The mature trees behind each figure provide balance, complementarity and structure and at the same time emphasising the important differences between them; the woman’s earthy abundance and fertility and the man’s burning passion. The mountain is in the far distance; a divisive obstacle or challenge which the two have overcome together.
In The Lover we see Cupid, a mythical symbol of love and union hovering high in the sky with his bow and arrow pulled and poised; the arrow ready to pierce the heart of the lover.
Cupid also, is framed by magnificent and radiant Sun to indicate his power and success in matters of mortal love and romance. Just below him, a young man and woman appear to be in animated discussion with an older woman. The young woman is devoted (predominantly deep-blue cape) and her intention is pure (white sleeves); her body-language suggests that she is making her own desires known and understood. The older woman’s facial expression indicates disapproval; and her hand on the man’s shoulder indicates her influence over him. All three figures (the male and two females) remain connected through touch. Even while man’s torso moves in the direction of the young woman, his body leans into the older woman. And, his feet indicate some ambivalence; each foot points towards one of the women showing he has an important decision to make.
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Upside-down, The Hierophant’ Vs small feet come clearly into view. His white slippers look like they are flailing around and air-borne and disconnected to the red carpet of his elevated platform. Red is the colour of the First Chakra and, ill-aspected, gives the figure the appearance of being totally ungrounded. The Hierophant V reversed and may indicate does not possess the strength or positive emotion that would to connect him energetically and physically with the community he seeks to serve.
The gold Tiara(s) and Triple Cross(s) of both Papal figures have found their way to the bottom of each card’s image. The Pope V’s head and beautiful Tiara strike the very bottom of the card. He gives the impression that he is balancing precariously on the very tip of his beautiful Tiara and using the inverted Triple Cross to balance and prevent himself from falling over. Their Papal faces to the ground suggests any advice and directives are barely heard. The reversed symbolism of the Tiara and Triple Cross imply a diminished power to advise and instruct; and serves to reduce overall capacity to influence others through teaching of custom and convention. When ill-dignified, the colour Gold suggests a Papal fear of success or of failure and opportunistic talk or actions on the part of the initiates.
In reverse, The Hierophant V’s initiates have positioned themselves at the top of card between the two large grey pillars. They now look down at the hapless Papal figures from their lofty position. The Pope V’s once large orderly group of followers, appears now as an unruly rabble. He seems to have lost his ability to command the attention, respect and control of the group. The Keys of Heaven that once lay at the feet of The Hierophant V have risen, inverted, to the top of the card. The Keys, are within easy reach of the initiates, suggests the followers have the power to determine their own, possibly unconventional ways of thinking and living; possibly no longer choosing the traditional path.
Reversed, The Hierophant V and The Pope V appear at cross-purposes to their follower’s expectations and actions. An ill-aspect Red Chakra suggest that divine authority, knowledge of tradition and conventional ways are being challenged. The strength and ability of the Papal figures to command an audience, appears to be contested. The acolytes and students seem to be questioning the conventional practices and traditional wisdom and knowledge of their teachers and ministers; the reversal of The Hierophant V and The Pope V presents a challenge of position and authority; it has upturned the normal teacher-student relationship. There appears a degree of anarchy; whereby the followers may find time-honoured explanations or reasons for life offering little or no value and seek a more unconventional approach to meaning and their quest for understanding.
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The Hierophant V and The Pope V In Reverse.
The Number 5 represents the 5 senses: sight, hearing, taste, feeling, and smell. It stands for the ‘essence of things as they are’ and in Latin the word for five means Nature. Five is the number of sensuality, change and learning. We might describe The Hierophant V and The Pope V those who give spiritual and esoteric meaning to the human experience of the senses and of sensuality.
In Reverse, The Hierophant V and The Pope V are seen toppling from their elevated positions; they are now upside-down. The Hierophant V’s larger-than-life red ceremonial gown rises to the top of the card like a great, formless red sail, billowing in the wind. The Red robe worn by The Pope V appears less elegant and structured and falls away and flaps unceremoniously about his royal blue tunic. When Red is ill-dignified, it can mean anger, obsession or even fanaticism. The Red Chakra ill-aspected suggest passions that are untrained and unrestrained; a loss of courage or vitality or a lack of connection with a community. When following through on ideas, actions are based on anger and not love, making a movement or plan forceful but unsustainable.
The Pope V’s royal blue tunic and The Hierophant V’s pale blue neck-scarf are upside-down. When blue, the colour of the Fifth Chakra is ill-dignified it can mean an inability to communicate deep and spiritual truths and ideals with conviction and to good effect or, to the contrary, of exploring or advocating unconventional solutions or ideas to common life situations. The reversed image might suggest that advice and action are inconsistent with traditional knowledge and practices. The reversed initiates and followers suggest they have lost their interest in learning and following the traditional ways and no longer choose to abide to customs; the keys to their future are now in their grasp. The Hierophant V's ill-dignified neckerchief may indicate he is at a loss of what to advise those who question his authority, practises or knowledge; and The Pope V’s inverted blue tunic may indicate that he is misunderstood or misunderstands the needs of his followers and ministers to those who do not agree, or wish to hear or to follow. Blue reversed signifies communication difficulties and the ill-aspected Fifth Chakra indicates an inability to put thoughts into action; and, by relying on traditional teachings and practises, these Papal authorities may be unable to provide the desired support or guidance to others.
The Hierophant V’s arms appear to be dramatically outstretched in what seems an attempt to protect himself from a calamitous fall. He looks as if he is using the two grey pillars on either side of his body to keep him suspended from the ground and/or to break his fall. The Hierophant looks decidedly unimpressed and even unhappy. The Pope V’s facial expression, interestingly, appears to be one more of amusement then displeasure.
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