Hemera said:Okay, my next problem is the Hierophant. There is a young woman kneeling humbly in front of a male figure who has the Star of David on his chest?? Huh?? What is that all about? Women being subservient in front of patriarchal figures?
From what I understand, the figure of the Hierophant isn't supposed to represent a patriarchal figure, but our Holy Guardian Angel. The Hierophant card itself is the trump of Taurus, which is ruled by Venus. The book identifies the woman as being Venus, who has bitten into the fruit of knowledge.
As for myself, I see her more as a neophyte of the ancient knowledge represented by the Hierophant.