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Card of the day – The Hierophant

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V The Hierophant

Positive: Tradition. Spiritual Growth. Teaching. Institution.
Negative: Dogmatic. Fanaticism. Propaganda. Restriction.
Element: Earth.
Astrology: Taurus.
Qabalah: Vau (Nail/Hook).
Archetypes: Teacher. Priest. Mentor. Guide.
Herbs: Lemon, Sweet Pea, Gardenia, Lavender, Violet.
Crystal: Jade, Topaz.

Introduction: The Hierophant is very much about “doing the right thing.” You may be struggling with an issue and are unsure about what is “right” for you to do. Know that the answers are within you. Remember that the “right” thing is what is right for you also.
General: This is also a card that is very much about spirituality – everything from traditional religion to earth-centered spirituality and any other spiritual notion that you can conceive of. There may be a tension between your idea of spirituality and the “right thing” and the ideas of others around you. Stand up for your own beliefs. The “rules” and the “system” of doing things are probably playing a major role now. Rituals of any sort will be helpful to you now, even if it’s just “a movie with friends every third Saturday.”
Work: You may find that a teacher or mentor of some sort that you have been needing appears in your life now…and/or you could be called upon to be that teacher or mentor for someone else. This is a good time to get involved with groups even if you don’t think of yourself as a “group person,” as you will find that you have much to learn from them (in a very positive way.) Work should be going very well provided you are able to be organized and work within the rules.
Love: Romance also is likely to be going very well, although in a pretty traditional way (i.e. these energies will work best for you if you can conduct yourself in whatever way someone in your shoes is “expected” to be. Now is not the time to “buck the system” or to be unconventional any more than you have to be.
Health: Ritual of any kind is helpful to you now. If you have health challenges, discipline, order, and commitment – in whatever way that makes sense to you – is the way to go about it. “Traditional” therapeutic means also have a high chance of success now.
Finances: This is a time to play by the rules and to use down-to-earth, normal, traditional ways to handle your money. Seek the advice of bankers and professional money managers and/or people with more experience dealing with money than you have. This is a good time for investments, provided they are conservative and stable. This is not a good time for taking chances with money or going for “unusual” stocks, bonds, etc.
Spirituality: You are very much concerned with spirituality now (even if you don’t have anything approximating a “traditional” religious belief. Make regular time, even if you don’t attend a “traditional” house of worship – to quiet yourself and allow your spirit some time to expand. What matters here is the regularity of it – whether it’s daily, weekly; whatever you can make time for. You will see changes in your life and outlook as a result of giving yourself this time.

The Hierophant Reversed

Introduction: When reversed, the Hierophant is still very much about “doing the right thing.” In reversal, however, it indicates a more-than-normal level of confusion about what exactly the right thing is. The answers are within you… if, that is, you have enough information about the situations at hand. In this reversal suggests that you may need to dig a little deeper to find out “what’s what.” Remember that the “right” thing is what is right for you also.
General: The reversed Hierophant can indicate that others don’t really understand where you are coming from or why you think a certain course of action is the right one. It is not always necessary that your nearest and dearest “get it” or agree, once you have made a solid decision.
Work: Although you may be surrounded by and/or receiving advice from some very solid, and helpful, and savvy mentor(s), when the Hierophant appears reversed you may need to agree to disagree with at least one of them on at least one point. To thine own self be true. That is crucial now.
Love: When the reversed Hierophant appears, you may be getting weary of the same-old same-old in relationships and may have a longing to step outside of your usual and accepted roles and routines. Honor that, but tread lightly, if so. The Hierophant has a relationship to the traditional and established way of doing things. Push too far too fast and you could well alienate (or even lose) your relationship! So caution is needed.
Health: You may need to make some changes to your typical health regime. It’s good to have rituals and positive habits when this card appears, it is not, however, good to be completely inflexible. If you have a long-standing health challenge which has not seemed to get any better, this is a good time to perhaps seek a second opinion or try a more esoteric healing method—anything from massage to careful attention to diet and substance intake may make a big difference now.
Finances: As with the upright meaning of this card, this is a time to play by the rules and to use down-to-earth, normal, traditional ways to handle your money. Gambling is not likely to pay off now in any form. Seek the advice of bankers and professional money managers and/or people with more experience dealing with money than you have. This is a good time for investments, provided they are conservative and stable. This is not a good time for taking chances with money or going for “unusual” stocks, bonds, etc.
Spirituality: As with the upright Hierophant, the indication here is that you are or ought to be very much concerned with spirituality now (even if you don’t have anything approximating a “traditional” religious belief. You will benefit from making a point to take regular time, even if you don’t attend a “traditional” house of worship – to quiet yourself and allow your spirit some space to expand. What matters here is the regularity of it – whether it’s daily, weekly; whatever you can make time for. You will see changes in your life and outlook as a result of making this effort. If you haven’t the faintest idea of where or how to begin, reach out to others, read, experiment with different approaches.

 

Sources:
http://www.witchipedia.com/table:tarot-herbal-and-crystal-correspondences
http://www.psychic-revelation.com/reference/q_t/tarot/tarot_cards/index.html
https://tarotquest.wordpress.com/2009/11/10/tarot-keywords-major-arcana/

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