Haiku Carpe Diem #190, The Hierophant (V)

Our next card for the Carpe Diem Tarot Haiku series is The Hierophant (V)

The Hierophant (V) is also known as The Pope or Pontiff. The papacy was not just a religious force, but was a political and military force as well. When the tarot was invented, the Pope controlled a large portion of central Italy. Renaissance culture did not question the abstract ideal of the Pope as God’s human representative on Earth.



the heirophant –
why do the people not see
the white elephant

The white elephant is an idiom for a valuable but burdensome possession of which its owner cannot dispose and whose cost (particularly cost of upkeep) is out of proportion to its usefulness or worth.

Smiles, love and laughter

© John Belchamber 2013

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About jrbsays

Just a regular married father of three type of guy. Writer of Haiku, founder of www.DementiaJourneys.com and other bits and other bobs.
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7 Responses to Haiku Carpe Diem #190, The Hierophant (V)

  1. Cathy Tenzo says:

    Wise thought about the white elephant but it also made me think of the other expression “the elephant in the room”. So much that goes accepted without question when one is dealing with dogma and tradition.


  2. Maggie Grace says:

    I need some of that elephant memory. Really like your use of the white elephant with this seemingly imposing figure.


  3. siggiofmaine says:

    The white elephant…excellent reminder of a phase lots in the cobwebs of my mind…and with the church sale coming up next week ! All white elephants go to church … sigh. That’s what I get for living next to a church !
    I really like your take on the prompt. I have so little knowledge of things religious, that I am finding sorting thru the cards like finding my way thru a maze.
    Thank you,


    • jrbsays says:

      As someone who has no religion, I think it’s important for me to understand them as much as time permits. Spirituality is not the sole domain of theologians I find 😉


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