Archive for June 24th, 2009

Tarot Card for the Day ~ June 25

June 24, 2009

The Hierophant


Wow!  Hard for me to believe that, in nearly ten months, this card hasn’t turned up for the blog.

And it’s a card that’s so dense with information and direction, I hardly know where to start.

First, I have heard some people refer to this card as the older, more grounded partner to The Priestess .  Fine, fine, fine with me.  But let’s go beyond that.

Some readers find that this card betokens a marriage alliance or servitude, but also mercy and goodness.  Others understand it as indicating the making of a long term commitment or that a new, helpful guiding influence comes into your life.  So keep an eye out for that, especially if things have been bumpy or chaotic.

[Could said influence be a Ukrainian Tarot reader with attitude and green ink? Maybe, ya think?]

Anna- Marie Ferguson, the creator of the Legend deck, sees The Hierophant in many lovely ways.  Some of my favorites are a person with experience he or she is willing to share; a generous spiritual mentor; initiation; drawing security and comfort from one’s roots; but also, feeling constricted by conformity to orthodoxy.

You won’t find me negating any of those possibilities.  But, still, I go in my own direction with a card as important as this.

When this card turns up for a client, I start off by reminding them that, in some Arthurian legends, Taliesin became Arthur’s magical helper after Merlin left the scene.  (In some tales, Taliesin and Merlin together stand at water’s edge as the watercraft bearing Arthur sails for Avalon.)  So it’s a card of magical assistance or guidance.

 Taliesin was one of the great, archetypal Bards of the Island of the Mighty.  As such [at least as I understand it] he was a shapeshifter and wizard; a wisdom keeper; a singer; and a poet; and a musician; and he brought all those abilities together as a healer; and a teacher; and a community mediator.  Not to mention being the power behind the throne, for − in some of what I have read – you couldn’t lead a Celtic clan or tribe unless the Bards declared you were THE ONE.

So I see The Hierophant as being a kind of super, magical Renaissance man or woman, who brings together and uses (brilliantly) not only ordinary reality skills, training and power, but magical, spiritual, sacred connections and capacities as well.

One thing more.  In the first Tarot decks created LONG ago, there was no Hierophant card.  There was instead… The Pope.  Why?  Because, at the time, the Pope was The Absolute Pinnacle of Power and wealth, not only materially but  (as he was perceived at the time) also spiritually.

So when the Hierophant shows up, I often say, “Ya wanna really grow materially?  Devote a lot more quality time and effort to growing spiritually.  For you, the two must go hand in hand.”

Be open to the possibility of a very beneficial new alliance.

Seek for (or perhaps seek to be) a generous spiritual mentor. 

Get to know in a much deeper way your nature as a magical Renaissance man or woman, and bring together all of your expertise and faculties. 

Own all of that, and move toward your highest and best both spiritually and materially.  

Start today!

Thought for the Day:

I have been in a multitude of shapes,
Before I assumed a consistent form.
I have been a sword, narrow, variegated,
I will believe when it is apparent.
I have been a tear in the air,
I have been the dullest of stars.
I have been a word among letters,
I have been a book in the origin.
I have been the light of lanterns,
A year and a half.
I have been a continuing bridge,
Over three score river mouths.

            I have been a course, I have been an eagle.
            I have been a coracle in the seas:
            I have been compliant in the banquet.
            I have been a drop in a shower;
            I have been a sword in the grasp of the hand
            I have been a shield in battle.
            I have been a string in a harp,
            Disguised for nine years,
            in water, in foam.
            I have been sponge in the fire,
            I have been wood in the covert

I have been a sow, I have been a buck,
I have been a sage, I have been a snout,
I have been a horn, I have been a wild sow,
I have been a shout in battle.
I have been a torrent on the slope,
I have been a wave on the extended shore.
I have been the light sprinkling of a deluge,
I have been a cat with a speckled head on three trees.
I have been a circumference, I have been a head.

I am a bard, and I am a harper,
I am a piper, and I am a crowder.
Of seven score musicians the very great enchanter.

May the countenance of Prydain be bright for my guidance.
Sovereign of heaven, let my messages not be rejected.

~ Taliesin, from Songs of Taliesin


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On Today’s date: 1949 – “Long-Haired Hare” is released in Theaters starring Bugs Bunny.