The other day I mentioned that I often thought of the Hierophant as the Teacher. Perhaps one of the many reasons I love The Gaian Tarot so much is that it names and depicts Arcana V as The Teacher.
The creator, Joanna Powell Colbert, says that this card is the Humble Teacher, as in a Holy Fool or Crazy Saint. The emphasis here is (as it was in the Fey Tarot’s Hierophant) less about tradition or formal education and more about wisdom, teaching, and learning.
Taking The Hierophant in this direction raises questions about the importance of tradition (is it important?), about the role tradition should or shouldnâ€™t play in teaching or education.
Is Arcana V still Arcana V as The Teacher versus The Hierophant? What does this card gain as The Teacher? What does it lose by not being The Hierophant?