Its singular esthetic aspect and the goldmine in terms of interpretation it represents make the Tarot of Marseille a unique and fascinating divination tool. Every arcanum does not tell us one but several stories. Those I will recount today relate to the Pope card.
How is the Pope represented in the Tarot?
The arcanum pictures a rather aged, bearded man sitting on what seems to be a throne. With his right hand, he blesses two people kneeling in front of him. He holds a triple-cross scepter in his left hand. It represents the 3 Worlds, namely:
- the spiritual world
- the intellectual world
- the physical world
In the Tarot of Marseille, the colors are of great import. The two main colors of the arcanum are red and blue. The Pope’s red cape symbolizes action and his blue toga refers to empathy and attention paid to others. Interestingly, the colors of the clothes worn by the Pope are reversed when compared to the Papess card.
The Pope is in a way the symbol of the ideal father, the ultimate symbol of masculinity. He embodies some kind of spiritual wisdom and represents authority.
What is the meaning of the Pope arcanum?
Being surrounded by two characters towards whom the Pope shows benevolence makes this arcanum the arcanum of calm and reconciliation. This tarot arcanum highlights the significance of strong and sincere social bonds.
In this sense, this character also delivers a teaching: he is the one who shares his knowledge and his own experience. Guarantor of moral and spiritual values, this character plays an active role in social life.
The positive aspect of the Pope in the Tarot of Marseille
The negative aspects of this card