Today’s card is The Hierophant.
The Hierophant sits in his finery and is attended by two monks. In his left hand he holds a triple cross scepter, and in the other he makes the hand sign of the cross. On the base of his throne are the keys of the Catholic church.
Though the easiest connection to make with regards to the Hierophant is the pope and the Catholic church as a whole, his meaning extends much deeper than that. The Hierophant represents institution as a whole. Whether it be church, school, or government, each one is headed by a little Hierophant of its own. The Hierophant stresses the importance of following the rules, staying safely within your lane, and – stressing this the hardest – obeying the Hierophant.