“When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.” –Buddhist Proverb
Part of my gig in doing Tarot work is ongoing learning. It’s a staggering responsibility, reading for others. I feel very strongly that if I am to take that on, I have to do the best job I know how. So it behooves me to seek ongoing opportunities for improvement and advancing my skills. I take it very seriously. Fortunately, Tarot has a suggestion!
Today’s Tarot is the Hierophant, also known as Magus of the Eternal Gods, associated with Taurus. He usually represents stable, established (Taurus) religious or spiritual traditions. The spiritual school of thought he represents does not have to be strictly conventional, although they often are and he can show up to refer to established, old-school traditions specifically. But not always. He is the counterpart to the High Priestess—while she represents the inner-directed world of mysticism and secret, he shares the same energy with the outer world. He is leader of a community, the wise old man, the shaman, the pope, the elder who shares his wisdom with others.
There are countless avenues to do just this. I may participate in professional Tarot groups. I may study the Tarot classics, or pursue ongoing education in fields like Astrology, Numerology or various Esoteric systems. I may engage in Magic work, learn about Chakras, observe Wiccan holidays, or simply learn from others who walk a more formal path than do I. There are as many ways to honor the knowledge and traditions that have come before as there are people wanting to do so. So I let enthusiasm and joy guide me to where I need to go.
The Hierophant would have us study and learn from established traditions, using this knowledge to discover practical applications of our values. Look for leadership, a mentor, or authorities to help you grow. Keep your eyes peeled for a teacher or guide, bringing just what you needed to move forward more quickly and confidently. The main thing is look for help making your spiritual life more meaningful and fulfilling on a day-to-day basis. The Hierophant is all about wisdom and light that is shared.
Do you have a Hierophant in your life?
|Shadowscapes Tarot |
by Stephanie Pui-Mun Law
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