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Tyldwick - Pope

What I notice in the Pope card:

a stone statue of a pope
a golden throne with cherubs and a crown on top
a basilica-like room

That the pope's statue is made of stone speaks to the importance of tradition - "But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed." (Galations 1:8). What you get from the Pope is knowledge and doctrine, as well as a sense of belonging (you're a part of the group). But you must "drink the kool-aide" and not question what has been taught. This could apply to more than just religion. I've had professors who held just as tightly to their theories.
Look how close he holds his hand to his chest; most popes when giving a blessing hold their hand high or wide. Not everyone is going to get his blessing; you must fit into his mold first.

The golden throne with the crown on top gives two messages: I have authority/power and the ability to reward (knowledge, belonging, heaven, etc.) or punish.

The basilica-like room is a bit imposing. Its arched ceiling reminds me of the inside of a crown. Catholic Basilicas are pilgrimage sites, implying there is something to honor here. There are no soft cushions or tapestries and no greenery of any kind. It seems to be all metal and stone. For me this speaks of a knowledge that does not grow or adapt to change, and a dogma that is not meant to comfort but challenge you.
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