The fifth trump is traditionally The Pope. Though the song “Emily” does fit the bill with its Biblical references, this depiction is modeled not after a pope, but after Renaissance personifications of Astrology or Astronomy. The Pontiff acts as a bridge between heaven and earth, and interprets celestial mysteries for the people of the Church. An astronomer fills a similar role in the secular world.
In the sky are two of the asterisms mentioned in the song, the Big Dipper (see also XI. Bear) and the Pleiades. The astrolabe’s rule points to the months when they are at their most visible in the Northern Hemisphere. The Pope uses the two keys of St. Peter to represent his power on heaven and on earth. This symbol is converted here to the reflections of the stars and skipping stones – what is done on earth is done also in heaven, and observed.
The counterpart of V is II. Divers. Both are conduits for spiritual power. The ledger in this card represents the more systematic and educational approach that sets V apart from II. As well as a researcher, V is a carrier of tradition, passing it on to the following generations. Thus, this card can signify both new discovery and heritage, truths that continue to renew themselves.