The Smith-Waite Centennial Tarot
Smith has illustrated his holiness in full regalia. With one hand he gives a blessing and with the other he holds a triple cross. Two students kneel before him in reverence to receive his blessing and teachings. At his feet are the keys to heaven.
"Working with fire and smoke to transform crude iron into tools and weapons, the blacksmith was held in awe in many cultures. His work in iron and bronze was so important that throughout the world the smith was regarded as a magician, a holy man."
"Iron itself has been regarded as near-magical in many cultures and is credited with supernatural powers. In many legends it is the smith who is the healer and the doctor, and it is he who teaches people how to use fire. The smith usually plays a leading role in magic and divination."
- Raymond Buckland
It's not a bad thing to want to learn from religious or spiritual leaders. Faith can be a marvelous gift. Critical thinking; sifting through what makes sense, checks out and weighing out its value is of utmost importance. Blind faith is what is expected of animals being herded into the chute for slaughter.
Divinatory Meanings: Marriage, Alliance, captivity, servitude, mercy and goodness, inspiration, the man to whom the Querent has recourse.
Reversed: Society, good understanding, concord, over-kindness, weakness.
Here are the Centennial and Universal Waite Hierophant images:
― Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space
― George Carlin
― Amit Ray, Beautify your Breath - Beautify your Life