December 23

12/23/12: Divinity that Cannot be Spoken | Hierophant



“The Tao that can be spoken is not the eternal Tao
The name that can be named is not the eternal name
The nameless is the origin of Heaven and Earth
The named is the mother of myriad things

Thus, constantly free of desire
One observes its wonders
Constantly filled with desire
One observes its manifestations

These two emerge together but differ in name
The unity is said to be the mystery
Mystery of mysteries, the door to all wonders” –Tao Te Ching

I work with different decks a lot to see different takes on the various familiar players in the Tarot world. Today’s version of the Hierophant from the Zen-loving Osho Zen in quite a great example!

Not “nothingness” but “no-thingness.” Not a thing. But all things.

We think of black as nothingness…but the Hierophant, the mystic, the teacher, the holy man, is not equivalent to the void of nothingness…right?

It is a mystical paradox. You can experience divinity. But once you’ve defined that experience within your thoughts, put it into words, it is not longer the pure experience of all-that-is. The act of translation limits it, and in doing so, it’s nature of all-encompassing reality becomes altered.

So, it’s not “nothing,” because there is something there. And it’s not “something,” because something is not EVERYTHING and everything is the nature of the divine.

All energy is interconnected and (at least to me), that sum total is the higher resonation of the Hierophant, all that is, true holiness, true divinity.

You cannot define it or describe it adequately. You can’t write it up in a book and put it in your pocket. You can’t preach it to your neighbor or cram it into a blog post.

But you can feel it—look up into the night sky and the endless sea of stars. Experience yourself as part of the same universe, part of the same whole. Part of the God power.

That is no-thingness: being nothing and everything at the same time.

Have you felt no-thingness?

Osho Zen Tarot Set
by US Games

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  1. Yes, I felt the no-thingness today when I walked through the conservation area at the entrance of town. It is such a magical place that I keep calling it the ‘sacred garden’. Never ceases to amaze me, especially its pristine beauty that takes my breath away, and never fails to uplift my spirits. I cannot grasp what it is that is there, but this Tarot card symbolizes its meaning perfectly. My heart is telling me that I’m touching my soul and my roots there and I can feel the connection to spirit (or divinity – the bridging of heaven and earth associated with the Hierophant).

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