Our Ceremonial Tarot Journey continues with … The Hierophant!
Whoa…what a week! I’ve had a strange headache for days as I attempt to inform myself, get sucked into the worldwide stage then step back to recenter and ground. I find that I am sharing in the collective pain, grief, shock and am also ready to keep moving, keep loving, stay strong in these swiftly moving times.
Our Major Arcana journey continues from the Emperor…from righteous and authoritarian, to kind and just into the meeting of the Hierophant. In the manifestation of our world we have to ask whether the Emperor’s rule is truly failing and a joining of a great many forces is at play here. We see the outmoded expressions of the patriarchy everywhere we turn.
The Hierophant is also the shaman, the priest and the Pope. I was particularly moved by the Pope’s response to the recent immigration order. Does a spiritual self refuse access to those fleeing poverty, war, criminal and heinous acts? How can we open and stretch our hearts wider to allow those in desperate need of basic human rights? How do we ourselves hold back from giving those loving open doorways to ourselves, our family, our friends, our neighbors, our community?
With all the political turmoil and upheaval happening in this country it is hard to stay balanced and focused, and yet the Hierophant asks just that of us. It is indeed a time for ACTION and in particular action that comes from a place of compassionate loving and fierce kindness. We don’t have time to waste as everything is hitting its edge. And it seems like EVERYTHING.
I want to ask you all…what actions are you taking? How are you INSPIRED to shape and change your lives?
Inspired means to be full of the breath of god and the Hierophant speaks to this. He symbolizes initiation and the willingness to surrender the smaller self to step into the larger Self. This is the self we meet when we are in ceremony, connecting through breath, song, dance and joy. This is the Self who calls for positive action to build bridges, not walls. This is the connection to the power of LOVE that also says NO to what is not right. That says NO to what is unjust, disempowering, brutal, dehumanizing.
The Hierophant is speaking through Thich Nhat Han when he said, “People often use their anger at social injustice as a basis for action, but that is unwise… According to Buddhism, the only source of energy that can be useful is compassion, because it is safe. When you have compassion, your energy is born from insight. It is not blind energy…That is why love must go together with understanding.”
The Hierophant encourages us to join forces and ally with spiritual teachers and teachings that nourish our hearts. He reminds us to notice when we feel we don’t belong or have access to spirit, love, compassion and care. With the world in upheaval, we need to honor and support others who do not have this with all of our gifts.
What can we do? So much! This madness is inspiring many of us into action. We can donate money to the ACLU, we can call our congress people, we can serve as advocates, we can attend marches. We can participate in open discussions on race, religion, sexual orientation and gender. We can support our local political allies, attend town hall meetings and become informed. Let me know what you are doing! I want to hear from you and stay inspired, active, loving, courageous.
We also need to nourish ourselves daily, more than ever! We can practice self care, make wise food choices and drink water. When we support ourselves we can readily help and support others. We can offer healing services and wise guidance.
To help support anyone in this time of intense change I am offering free distance Reiki healing. PM me and I will send to you! We need to stay strong, find our centers and focus on building bridges not creating walls.
I am inspired by the teachings of the Hopi Prophecy:
We are the Ones We’ve Been Waiting For
–by Hopi Elders (Aug 23, 2010)
“You have been telling people that this is the Eleventh Hour, now you must go back and tell the people that this is the Hour. And there are things to be considered…
Where are you living?
What are you doing?
What are your relationships?
Are you in right relation?
Where is your water?
Know your garden.
It is time to speak your truth.
Create your community.
Be good to each other.
And do not look outside yourself for your leader.
Then he clasped his hands together, smiled, and said, “This could be a good time! There is a river flowing now very fast. It is so great and swift that there are those who will be afraid. They will try to hold on to the shore. They will feel they are being torn apart and will suffer greatly. Know the river has its destination. The elders say we must let go of the shore, push off into the middle of the river, keep our eyes open, and our heads above the water.
And I say, see who is in there with you and celebrate. At this time in history, we are to take nothing personally, least of all ourselves. For the moment that we do, our spiritual growth and journey come to a halt.
The time of the lone wolf is over. Gather yourselves! Banish the word ’struggle’ from your attitude and your vocabulary. All that we do now must be done in a sacred manner and in celebration.
We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.”
Stay strong dear ones…its always darkest before the dawn.