Description: Instead of The Hierophant, which normally takes up the place of the Fifth Major Arcana, Ciro Marchetti has rebranded it, “Faith”. Expanding it from it’s traditional depiction of a Catholic Pope to a much more archetypal rendition.
We see four religious figures with words of prayer in their holy languages (technically, the Catholic one should be Latin and not English, but I digress). On the right side we have a Catholic Cardinal (you can tell from the hat) praying the words of the Our Father. Above him is a Jew who is donning the tefilim and the tallit gadol to recite the Shema written here in Hebrew, which I was able to translate myself. On the left side we see a Muslim saying a prayer of blessing in Arabic, it is transliterated as, “Wa alaikumus-salam wa rahmatullah wa barakatuh”, and it means, “And may the peace, mercy, and blessings of Allah be with you.” Above him is a Tibetan Monk, I asked around Reddit but I was saddened to find out that this prayer is written in a dead language that hasn’t been in use since 1360, the 'phags-pa script. And so, this remains the only prayer to be untranslated.
But, between them all is a golden pillar, the essence of the divine. It is not their ritual, their orthodoxies, or their traditions which enliven these religions, but their devotion to their understanding of God.
Meaning: The meaning of Faith is eponymous, it is both a positive look at the necessary role that traditions, orthodoxy, and the rituals of religion play in our society as well as a look at the deepest common unity of faith and devotion to the divine, however that term is understood.
Reversed Meaning: When reversed, the words of the prayer are unintelligible, it is a person who possesses faith, but not the religious kind. To this individual, the orthodoxies and orthopraxies of religion are incomprehensible and cumbersome. Such an individual prefers to devote itself to the divine in their own way and with their own words.
Elemental Association: Earth
Astrological Association: Taurus
Gifts: Devotion, tradtion.