Intuitive Self-Care with Tarot: The Hierophant
Tradition. This is something I am equally drawn to as I am leery of at times. I love rules, I crave order, but I also crave freedom. Are they mutually exclusive? Can one be learned and free. Yes I think so. Learning, this is my love. I want to learn everything! Knowledge is always my desired superpower. I pull The Hierophant often enough, but in reverse pretty much always, which means I can be kind of a rebellious, shit starter. It is my place, I feel, to question tradition and to express it in new ways. I learn and then I hack what I learn remixing pieces into something that works for me. This is what I teach too. Lately though The Hierophant upright has been calling out to me. Now I feel it's time to once again ground myself in tradition, in the depths of learning. It is time to honor those who have come before me. I don't always have to reinvent the wheel. The wheel is an amazing tool. It demands respect.
My drawing of this card may have something to do with my preparation to be attuned another level in Reiki. There are many rules in learning Reiki and a proper preparation for each attunement. There is an order and a respect it demands. I am so lucky to be part of such old practices and to learn about this amazing tool. These tools demand respect. My yoga practice demand respect. Tarot demands respect. They demand gratitude. I am grateful for those who have come before me and built such effective, beautiful systems. These systems can allow us to grab a piece of healing, of the divine within our systems, each other and ourselves. So with respect I move forward and learn how it's been done before. I gratefully take my place as student to learn from those who have learned this before me.
Knowledge is the intermediary between us and our divinity, our sacred. Or rather if the word sacred or divine don't suit you, knowledge is the intermediary between us and our greatest, highest self. It is the intermediary between us and our freedom. Everything comes from something. Even art. Art takes it place amongst the movements and zeitgeist of our time. It is influenced by something or someone always. I see teachers, healers and guides as interpreters. I hope to be that for those who work with me. We interpret the unseen in each other. We interpret the confusion and clear up the road. We interpret the depths and make them accessible. Teachers, healers and others can be givers of this knowledge, but it's up to us to let it sink in and make it our own...eventually, but we first respect, learn, be grateful for what has come before us. Our freedom is a remix of what has come before us. The Hierophant shows us the ways.
Chakras: Root and Third Eye
Mantras for The Hierophant
Honoring your past Journaling Exercise:
If you have journals available from the past read them. Try to read them as if they are someone elses. Read them objectively, but let them teach you. See yourself as you teacher. See yourself without judgement. Do not glorify it, nor try to hide from it in shame, merely learn.
If you do not have a ridiculous amount of journals stacked away like I do, I get it, so you will instead think about the past. Start with what whatever time you are drawn to and write a journal entry from that place. Embody this era, the person you were, the worries, the joys all of it.
Maybe do both of these exercises on different days.
When you finish with this exercise, pull out a quote or two and post it somewhere. Be inspired by your own past.
Honoring Your Teachers Altar:
Think about people fictitious, real, dead, alive, in your life or not who are your teachers. These are people who have inspired you and who you would want to continue learning from. I have many teachers. One of them is my partner Mike, my beautiful friends, Frida Kahlo, the Goddess Kali, and one of my real life teachers Jessie Hays, so very many that I cannot mention them all. Sometimes I put a tarot card at my altar as my teacher. Right now I am working with the Hierophant and the King of Swords. Create an altar of sorts either tangibly or digitally on Pinterest or some other platform featuring all of your teachers.
Here is an exercise working with these teachers:
Who Are Your Teachers Tarot Spread:
1. Pick a card by looking at it or randomly to be your teacher. Like I mentioned, I am working with the King of Swords this month, so I picked it by looking at it. It's ok to be drawn to a card by looking at it and then look up the meaning online or in your book. If you are drawn to a card by looking at it, there is probably a reason. Drawing randomly also works here.
2. What can I learn from them? Here pick a card randomly or face up again to determine what you can learn from this card teacher. I picked mine randomly and got The Nine of Wands here which teaches me that I need to not work so hard because the root of it is a defense, a fear of failure. It's ok to relax. I will not lose everything if I relax and let go.
3. How can I learn this lesson? Again pick at random or face up. Here I picked randomly and got the Ace of Pentacles. To me that means that when I let go and relax, I leave room for gifts, divine surprises even. I work hard because I think only then I will deserve...here I get that it's a mental game. I need to be open to reception and be grateful for what I receive, rather than striving. I would translate this into working with my mindset. I will do affirmations and visualization and because it is the King of Swords delivering this teaching, I would visualize strategy so I can work smarter, not harder.
4. How can I apply what I learn? Application is the point right? So here again draw randomly or face up to pick a card. I drew randomly and got the hermit. I am coming into a role of teacher as a profession. Here I am reminded that the deep analytical work I do will light my path and everyone else's path I work with. My goal is to merely light the path, not control what the path is or brings.