The Hierophant: Waite’s Symbols

We can note that Waite assigns a much more powerful and active role to the Hierophant than the Book T, which states “He is the reflective or mystical aspect of the masculine. He is the thinker as the Emperor is the doer,” and Mathers who says “He is the symbol of Mercy and Beneficence.” As such, the keys at the bottom of the illustration provide the key to Waite’s instructions for the illustration: (The keys are) “a particular application of the more general office that he symbolizes. He is the ruling power of external religion, as the High Priestess is the prevailing genius of the esoteric, withdrawn power.”

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