The Number 5 represents the 5 senses: sight, hearing, taste, feeling, and smell. It stands for the ‘essence of things as they are’ and in Latin the word for five means Nature. We might describe The Hierophant V: Rider and The Pope V: Marseilles as those cultural leaders who give others meaning to the sentient-spiritual relationship in the realm of of life experience and to the world of the senses.
In their Upright position, The Hierophant V: Rider and The Pope V: Marseilles symbolise society’s norms and traditions and are sought after as key sources of knowledge and wisdom - both sacred and profane. The Papal characters are leaders of conformist and traditional institutions and work to maintain society’s established order and conventional ideologies; the tried and the true. Key V of the Major Arcana represents the guide, teacher, pastor and mentor; and can signify receiving counselling, education and religious instruction or contract, such as a traditional marriage contract. The Hierophant V: Rider and The Pope V: Marseilles deliver sensible and socially acceptable advice. The values they represent are designed to help us grow, to move us towards peace, spiritual understanding and better living. In both images The Hierophant V: Rider and The Pope V: Marseilles appear much larger than the other figures – the acolytes, students and initiates. Their considerable ‘weight’ and relative size signifies their much greater authority, power and station in life. They are positioned to so their bodies, faces and hands are clearly visible to all.
The Hierophant V: Rider and The Pope V: Marseilles share many common elements. They are both almost completely covered by their extravagant ceremonial garments; leaving only their hands and faces exposed. The Hierophant V: Rider’s resplendent red cloak with white trim, bearing the Cross motive, reminds us of both the The Magician I: Rider and The Emperor IV: Rider. The Pope V: Marseilles wears an impressive red ceremonial cape with golden trim over a royal blue tunic. Red is a masculine colour and signifies physical vigour, force, excitement and passion. Red is the colour of the 1st Chakra and stands for the courage to live one’s (earthly) purpose with persistence, personal strength and a passionate and balanced approach. The underlying energy of the First Chakra is that of physical-emotional connection to family, tribe, country and nation.
The white undergarments worn by both figures suggest an underlying purity and capacity or healing through expression compassion with words. White is the colour of mental clarity, pure thoughts and actions and stimulates feelings of renewal.