Drawn with the top pointing left this card asks us to address the conscious choices we make each day. In many decks this figure is still referred to as Pope, and presented as a religious leader offering guidance or passing down the laws of thought and behavior.
I'm reminded by this card, setting all religions aside, there are still basic individual moral precepts we each have that are built into our daily behavior. I've been mad enough to kill but stealing wouldn't cross my mind. I've lusted in my heart but barely have a nodding acquaintance with envy. Those doors are always there, this card asks us to be fully aware behavior is always a choice.
"There is no moral precept that does not have something inconvenient about it." ~ Denis Diderot 1713-1784
Tarot opened previously closed doors to my own heart with it's merciless quest for the truth, nothing but the truth. They flay the soul and make me say thank you afterward. Each hour spent with my cards is a new lesson to be learned. Viva la Journey.