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The Pope Art and Meaning

Tarot Genoves Tarot Deck

He is crowned with the papal tiara, and seated between the two pillars of Hermes and of Solomon, with his right hand he makes the sign of esoterism, and with his left he leans upon a staff surmounted by a triple cross. (Before him kneel two ministers.) He is the symbol of Mercy and Beneficence.

About the Deck

A reproduction of an authentic Genovean Tarot exhibited at the Fournier Playing Card Museum.

Provenance

Genova, Italy. 1887

Meaning of The Pope from the Tarot Genoves Tarot Deck

Upright

Mercy, Beneficence Kindness, Goodness;

Reversed

Over-kindness, weakness, Foolish exercise of generosity.

According to Many Schools of Thought

A. E. Waite's Secondary Meanings

The High Priest or Hierophant, called also Spiritual Father, and more commonly and obviously the Pope. It seems even to have been named the Abbot, and then its correspondence, the High Priestess, was the Abbess or Mother of the Convent. Both are arbitrary names. The insignia of the figures are papal, and in such case the High Priestess is and can be only the Church, to whom Pope and priests are married by the spiritual rite of ordination. I think, however, that in its primitive form this card did not represent the Roman Pontiff.

S. L. MacGregor Mathers's Divinatory Meanings

Upright

 Mercy, Beneficence Kindness, Goodness

Reversed

Over-kindness, weakness, Foolish exercise of generosity.

Papus's Divinatory Meanings

Inspiration.