Created by the famous seer Etteilla, this deck features the tarot card meanings right on the card, which was a new innovation at the time.
Jean Baptiste Alliette. France, 1788.
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.
Mercy, Beneficence Kindness, Goodness
Over-kindness, weakness, Foolish exercise of generosity.