This hierophant is a great example of just how good Kat Black is with collaging this deck together. This image looks like a whole. Just like every part was there from the beginning, the cathedral, the pope, the staff, the monks… But they are from several different paintings. The role of a good spiritual shephard is to make sense out of disparate pieces, bringing order to chaos. Only problem is that our lives as humans are not as orderly as that. Too often the brining about of order is at a high cost, that of free thought and expression.
Right now there is a TV serie in just 3 parts that I am watching called ‘Torka aldrig tårar utan handskar’ (never wipe tears without gloves) and it is about the lives of a group of homosexuals in the 80:ies, just around the outbreak of AIDS and one of the persons is a Jehovas Witness. The TV show is so to the point, so exactly and so devastating in the way it shows how Jehova’s Witnesses did and still do shun everyone not in the fold of the righteous. No wonder so many of us have problems with this card, with this kind of authority.