During my year as Most Excellent Grand High Priest, I will be writing a monthly article analyzing the tarot and Freemasonry. Tarot has been described as "symbolizing the path of initiation or a journey towards reintegration with one’s true self." Freemasonry is, first and foremost, an initiatic order whose rituals attempt to transform men both spiritually and morally. With this, I see a loose connection, not necessarily a causal relationship, but a connection nonetheless between tarot and Freemasonry. To make it clear, I find the tarot fascinating and I am writing on the correlations between the two, but there is no historical precedence that associates Freemasonry and tarot; any association is speculative. These are the tarot that I will be looking at each month over the next year (April 2018 through March 2019):
- The Hierophant
- The Lovers
- The Chariot
- The Hermit
- The Devil
- The Star
- The Moon
- The Emperor
This month's Tarot is The Hierophant. The Hierophant is sometimes called the Pope or the Druid, is the fifth of the Major Arcana cards in most Tarot decks. The Hierophant symbolizes the planet Venus, the element Earth, and the zodiacal sign Taurus. The Hierophant is the brother card to the High Priestess; she is the female energy to his male energy.
The Hierophant represents institutions, traditions, society, and their impact on our lives; to conform to the norms of society, to meet the needs of life, and to maintain a semblance of individuality is a complicated balancing act. The Hierophant also represents divine wisdom, inspiration, stubborn strength, toil, endurance, persistence, teaching, help from superiors, patience, organization, peace, and goodness of heart.
The Hierophant indicates new beginnings. This card perfectly describes my life as today marks the beginning of my time as Most Excellent Grand High Priest of Royal Arch Masons of Idaho.