The Hierophant Tarot Card Meaning
V The Hierophant Card
The Hierophant Tarot Card represents the bridge between heaven and earth.
If you have been following me for any period of time, then you know that with every new month (Astrological Zone), I perform a Prayer, Meditation, and Tarot Confirmation Ritual.
Because every astrological change has different energy attached to it.
And with every astrological change, I seek to find, discover, and uncover lessons associated with it.
Major Arcana vs Minor Arcana
I only use the Major Arcana Cards for my readings.
Because the Major Arcana cards represent major events, changes, or lessons in one’s life.
While the Minor Arcana Cards represent the minor, day in and day out aspects.
Major Arcana Cards are associated with the Higher aspects of life while the minor is more focused on the lesser (more mundane aspects).
The Major Arcana is also more tightly integrated with the 22 Books of Thoth and the Tree of Life (or Kaballah).
As we move out of fiery and self-centered Leo (July 23nd – August 22nd), we move into the more earthly and self-sacrificing Virgo.
Virgo, also called the Maiden or Celestian Virgin, is the sign of servitude, work and doing for others.
Essentially, it is tied to the energy of performing a service for others or for the world.
What a fitting sign and energy to be followed up by the self focused and self centered Leo energy.
If you can recall from my last reading (during Leo), I received the Hermit Card (which is Virgo in astrology).
And while in Cancer, I received the Leo Card.
So for the last 3 months, I have received tarot cards which succeeded the astrological time frame I was in.
As I work more and more with the energy and on my great work, I become more and more intune with the cycle and nature of things.
And is this not the purpose of our connection with the divine?
To become one with the fluidity and cycles of nature.
The Fall Of Leo
Right before the fall of the Leo time frame, I begane to feel a stirring deep inside of me.
It was a familiar feeling.
One that made me feel cautious and edgy.
It was akin to the kindling of a deep sorrow… dare I say, depression.
As we build-up to the heights of summer and Leo, we are also swinging our way back towards the Fall and Winter…
Or the dark time and months of the year.
This darkness I could feel begin to take root inside of me.
Over the years, I have learned not to fear the dark roots… but embrace them.
I have actually labled this feeling The Dark Goddess.
The Dark Goddess
The Dark Goddess is that feeling you get when your emotions, senses and feelings begin to rise in side you.
And not just the good feelings.
But the feelings of sorror, remorse, dred, unsatisfied desires, unaccomplished goals, self doubt, etc.
These feelings are manifestations of our own psycho-emotional state.
Realizations and revelations about our self and the world around us.
They are also the emanations of the effects of the past, present and the future upon us.
As I said, I have coined this, The Dark Goddess.
The Dark Goddess is She who is taking root inside and preparing us for the coming based on what we have been through.
Not all that is good for us, is good.
And not all that is bad for us, is bad.
But all that is learned, is best for us.
Life, existence and experience is about learning.
Virgo: The First Night
On the first night of Virgo, I just could not do any of my prayer, meditation or ritual work.
All I could feel was sadness.
All I could feel was the lingering of self doubt, loneliness and essentially depression.
It was at that moment, I knew I was in Virgo.
But more importantly, I knew I had to do something about it.
So that night I walked and talked with myself and the gods.
I wandered and wondered.
I pondered and discussed all the things that I felt inside of me.
But that night, I did not perform any prayers, rituals, meditations or tarot reads.
My mind, heart and soul were just not there.
That night, I lay on the floor in front of my sacred altar, passed out, and fell asleep.
Exhausted by the range of emotions that I have just experienced.
You see, Spirituality is not just about Power.
Its not about Spells.
It’s not even about control.
Its about Truth.
It’s about Self Honesty.
Spirituality is about vulnerability and the courage to confront yourself.
Spirituality is about rising from the ashes of yourself, and Becoming.
Becoming the next iteration of who you want and choose to be.
Spirituality is about becoming who were meant to be.
Virgo: The Second Night
The next day, I felt kind of numb.
But I felt a degree better.
I had been honest with myself and with the Gods.
And from that place, I knew I could grow and rise.
Rise up from the reality of where I was instead of where I thought I was.
So that day, I decided to enjoy life a little bit more.
I played a Video game that I greatly enjoyed (but had put off for months).
You see, over the past few months, I have been busy building and learning a new skill.
A new type of consulting business.
And with everything I do, I was putting my all into it.
But I realized, that I needed to enjoy life.
Have some fun and relax.
And thats exactly what I did during the day.
It was absolutely refreshing.
Later that night, I prepared for my Ritual and Prayers.
And that’s when I pulled, The Heirophant Card.
The Hierophant Tarot Card Meaning
Bridge of Heaven.
The Hierophant Tarot Card Meaning is the number V (or 5) in numerology.
The Number 5 represents Change.
Change is when something goes from one state to the next.
It is akin to a physical, mental or emotional shift.
And that is exactly what I was going through.
As the seasons begin to change, so did I.
From Summer to Fall.
From Light to Dark.
From who I was, to who was to become.
It is said the Hierophant is the bridge between God and Man… or Heaven and Earth.
He is the bridge of understanding between the two worlds.
The Heirophant is the one who understands the Higher and is able to translate that into something the lower can understand.
For myself, I believe this to mean the ability to intuit the new information I was receiving and to understand it on a physical level and therefor implement that new understanding.
Without change, we grow stale and stagnant.
If life and nature are to change, so must we.
If we do not change, we become outdated and unable to contend in a whole which is constantly changing and in motion.
Astrologically speaking, the Heirophant is Taurus.
The great Bull of heaven.
Masculine, stubborn and earthly.
But the Bull is also akin to a Tree, which is firmly rooted in the soil which gives it life and nutrition.
The Book of Thoth
In Aleister Crowly’s, Book of Thoth Tarot Deck, the Hierophant is firmly planted (weighed down) by very creatures animals around him.
This represents a need to be grounded (yes, even in spirituality).
Above his head are nine nailes.
These nails have been said to be the nails of God (as the number 9 is representative of God).
At his chest is the youthful babe.
Representative of Heru and new life.
At his feet is the Blue Goddess carrying her crescent moon and sword; to reap and sow.
Some might say these are symbols of the divine trinity: Father (Nails), Son (Babe), and Holy Spirit (Goddess).
If that is true, then these are truly symbols of balance.
As in Heaven, So on Earth. As Within, So Without. As Above, So Below.
I could have continued along the same paradigm or way of thinking.
But instead, I chose to confront my darkness (insecurity).
I choose to challenge my very own thinking that I had grown into over the months of this year.
My actions then followed in suit.
And like a pebble cast into a still pond, the ripples begin to move outward.
Touching and affecting everything they, and I, come in contact with.
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