Good morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 07Sep2016: today as a one card draw for the day I have pulled V the Hierophant. The deck is the large version of the *Egyptian Tarot* by Silvana Alasia. (If that name seems slightly familiar to you, it is because she is a prolific artist and does work for Lo Scarabeo, the large European Tarot Card maker & outlet.) It is a Major Arcana only edition. First, let’s get some technical detail & info about this Trump out there. V - The Hierophant. On the Path of Vau, 16, in the Tree of Life. He is the Sun in Sagittarius as a symbol for the teacher of inner values, Jupiter in Pisces as the vision of eternity. Zodiac: Taurus. Tree of life: From Chokmah to Chesed. Element: Earth. Number: 5 as quintessence, the power that exceeds the four elements.
“The Hierophant is a symbol for a world of belief and confession, may it be a church, a sect or an occult society. He's the pope, the druid or the High Priest in a system of creeds and dogmas. He represents the religious and intellectual tradition of a person, and may be the one the person is born to it or possibly the one who has chosen it by himself. In the positive aspect, the Hierophant represents the search for knowledge and illumination, the desire to study creed and dogma instead of simply accepting them, to research and achieve further development. It also stands for the deep fulfillment someone can find when really trusting their own beliefs. Drive: Search for hidden truths, trust in inner instincts. Light: Wisdom and knowledge as an experience independent from dogmatism and science. Shadow: Intolerance, esoteric nonsense.” (Raven) Well, that’s all fine and good, but it isn’t so much my spiritual life or religious beliefs (pan-religious, but actually true to the Truth as I know it) that concern me at the juncture, it is my forwarding of what I know, what I am. That is important, and at this point I am STILL unsure of how to proceed. I have a lot of good ideas, and am given them, too, for emplacement AFTER I have a system in place. Cough, cough; well, folks, all fine & good, but I have to figure out how to erect that system in the1st place. I’ve tried once; it is breathing heavily and will probably die. I need to figure out another way. Let’s look deeper for my answers: “The fifth step on the cosmic ladder is that of the Atma, the Spark in macrocosmos and that of childbirth and of the heart in particular on the physical plane. The latter is sanctified by the former and this fact is symbolized in the image of the Hierophant. It may also be interpreted in its turn as the sanctifying of the profane (man) by the holy (man) in general, and this fact gave the reason for the other nomination of this card: the pope. Of course it may equally well be called the patriarch. In the masonic lodge it is the R.W.M., the sun in the solar system and the heart in every living body, as also the solar plexus in the etheric body. And as the teaching of St. Paul--and others--has it: from the heart are the issues into life. It is the dynamic center of every living existence. The Hierophant is seated between the two pillars of Hermes and of Solomon . . . "He is symbol of mercy and beneficence." (Mathers) This is exact. Papus says he is the principle "which attaches the material body to the divine spirit." Which is precisely that of the heart. So there remains little doubt with regard to identity. The same author identifies further the principle of the Hierophant with the Hebrew letter He, which means aspiration or breath. In fact the heart is the cause of this periodical movement, which we find in pulsation and respiration, in analogy with the Law of Periodicity in Cosmos. In the different versions given by authors there is very little of value. The Hierophant is, in short; the heart and herein resides the motoric force for good or for evil, according to the more or less sanctifying force that comes through. In case of affliction there may be lack of courage, self-confidence, and honesty, sometimes certain evil or bad character. It is rightly asserted, that this card may denote "the man to whom the querent has recourse" (Waite), also some authority or official having power to sanctify or gratify demands. Leo is the 'king,' it is said by astrologers. And in mundane evolution the king derived his power from the emperor, as in the zodiac. He was invested by the latter with a power to wield and rule a definite and concrete organization, for which he became individually responsible. So where the emperor was chosen and came forth from the soul of the people and apparently from below, the king is appointed from above, and seems more spiritual because more actually known. There ought to be no kings, however, without an emperor over them. The king is and remains the central official, as the heart is the central organ of the organism. Some say the card means marriage. This may be, but only in the inner sense of true revelation to the heart, and consequently in the same sense as Jesus meant when He said: "Marriages are contracted in Heaven. “In another way, in practical divination, the card means of course 'sanction,' be it of marriage or of something else, but always in the way of inner consent, not of outer law, which is ruled by another house. Self-centeredness and some sort of natural authority are the chief characteristics of Leo and the Hierophant.” (*General Book of the Tarot* by A. E. Thierens.) So, what have I pulled out of all this? That I am trying to make my HEAD work this out, and I need to let my HEART work it out. While at the same time keeping the structure in place, hierarchical though it may be, as it is the most effective way of communicating the blessing of the contract one is entering with the Divine. Ha! Well, that is a MIGHTY BIG order; I have spent a lifetime trying to train my brain to rule over the tempestuous and imperative fires of my heart, and now I must unleash that in order to accomplish a work of the mind! Ha! The Universe is a fukkin’ Ouroboros! We knew that, though didn’t we, class? You want the right hand to do something? Get the left hand to start it. And on, and on, and on . . . a never-ending spiral of life, that corkscrews its way through time and dimension to succeed in passing itself from one generation to another, seeking always to help us lift up ourselves out of the mud and back into the Light of the Divine. Whew! Well, then, I’ve got some work to do carefully deconstructing SOME of the barriers in place against the floodtides of emotion and “chaos theory” in my Heart. I ask the Cosmos today to give us ALL the wisdom to know when to use the Heart for the Mind and when to use the Mind for the Heart. Be Well!