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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