Friday, October 12, 2012

V The Hierophant

V The Hierophant

Keywords: Adapting to the system, Belief systems, Committed to a cause, Conforming to rules or fixed situations, Conventional boundaries, Devoting energy to a group, Doing what's expected, Education, Embracing tradition, Finding out more, Fitting in, Following a discipline, Following convention, Following the rules, Getting an education, Going along with the program, Group identification, Increasing understanding, Informed, Institutionalized setting, Interpreting secret knowledge, Joining an organization, Knowing where to put your faith, Lack of free spiritedness, Lack of individuality, Lack of innovation, Learning a religious tradition, Legal matters, Loyalty to others, Official forms of learning, Part of the "Establishment", Pursuit of knowledge, Ritual & ceremony, Rules & regulations, Seeking a deeper meaning, Self trust, Sharing a cultural heritage, Stifled, Structured groups, Struggling with a stifling situation, Study & learning, Taking an orthodox approach, Teamwork, World view
Except in rare cases, every human grows and develops within a culture. We learn by living with others. The Hierophant represents such official learning, especially in groups. A Hierophant is someone who interprets secret knowledge. On Card 5 we see a religious figure in a formal church setting. He is wearing the elaborate vestments of his office. His task is to bring the two initiates into the church so they can take up their appointed roles.

Besides churches, there are schools, clubs, teams, companies, and societies. The Hierophant represents all of these because his realm is structured groups with rules and assigned roles. Such environments emphasize belief systems - facts, rules, procedures, and ritual. Members are rewarded for following conventions. They develop a group identity. The Hierophant is one of three cards that focus on the group. (The 3 of Cups and the 3 of Pentacles are the others.)

In readings, the Hierophant often represents learning with experts or knowledgeable teachers. This card also stands for institutions and their values. 
The Hierophant is a symbol of the need to conform to rules or fixed situations. His appearance in a reading can show that you are struggling with a force that is not innovative, free-spirited or individual. Groups can be enriching or stifling, depending on circumstances. Sometimes we need to follow a program or embrace tradition, other times, we need to trust ourselves.

The Hierophant is the keeper of religious content for the sake of presentation. It's time to examine our belief systems.

A link forged with higher perceptions. Potential knowledge. An external guide or helper. Help through inspiration.

Seek the guidance of another (a professional) who is more experienced in the situation. Help through inspiration. Realization from intelligence & will.

Power behind the scenes. Fortunate influences. Favors from professionals.

Teachers or teachings entering one's life.

Formal education or belief systems, societal norms, traditions. 

Triumph in legal matters. Success through good judgment. Good will leads to justice. 

Religious or legal matters.

Meditation brings enlightenment.

Strength from developing will power.

Avoid overindulgence. 

Reinforcing Dignities
Emperor - following rules
Three of Cups - focusing on the group
Three of Pentacles - working in a team or group
Eight of Pentacles - learning or studying
Ten of Pentacles - conforming, following rules, conservative

Opposing Dignities
Fool - being "crazy" and unorthodox
Lovers - personal beliefs
Two of Wands - diverging from the crowd, being a pioneer
Seven of Swords - being a lone wolf
Two of Pentacles - being flexible, changing with the times

Use this card for magick works that are for bringing yourself into studies, groups or associations or work that will help you grow. If you are being stifled, then this card will help you to see how to fix the problem.

Perform a simple candle ritual with the card placed in front of the candle dressed with herbs & oil(s) appropriate to the situation you are doing the work for..

Carry the card with you during the day, keeping it close so its energies will influence you and your surroundings. 

Place the card where it can be seen & contemplated upon during the day.

Use a pendulum to divine the sort of creative energy you're needing or wanting.

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