The Devil and the Hierophant

Take a look at the Hierophant and Devil cards.

The RWS Devil Tarot card

The RWS Devil Tarot card

The RWS Hierophant Tarot card

The RWS Hierophant Tarot card

Here are the similarities:

There is a central figure in each card with 2 figures (the students on the Hierophant card; man and woman on the Devil card).

I got thinking last night after I had done a Tarot reading for a lovely client about how the 2 students in the Hierophant card are being nurtured and guided with knowledge and are free / not tied to the teacher compared to the man and woman on the Devil card who are chained to the Devil and each other.

Then I thought about how weird it is that even though we could be seen as vulnerable as children, we can be just as vulnerable as adults.

We may be able to choose what we think and do as we grow but at some point whether we like it or not, we have to experience life and develop our own ideas, thoughts, feelings, beliefs, characteristics and behaviours which can ultimately restrain us (or not) which is where the Devil card comes in.

It’s just funny how as children, we can be open to so much and as adults, we become close minded and even judgemental which got me thinking that it may be possible that we are like this because of ignorance, not knowing enough about something and or basing what we think on the things that others have told us or for fear of rocking the boat.

When I think of the 2 central figures of these 2 cards, I think about how we all have had a teacher like the Hierophant at some point in our lives that either created us as a whole person or at least some part of us and that the Devil is an aspect of our own lives that we totally created ourselves.

If you would know, you can ignore nothing.

What is your goal?

Today, I set you a challenge:

Set yourself a realistic and achievable goal and take inspiration from your favorite Tarot deck.

Here is my goal:

Today (and this week), I am going to be open to learning in particular, traditions of other people (individuals and groups). I will respect these traditions and learn as much as I can about them.

I took my inspiration from the Hierophant and today we have the Gummy Bear Hierophant with us.

The Gummy Bear Tarot deck Hierophant

The Gummy Bear Tarot deck Hierophant

 

Thoth and the RWS Star card

Here is a little interesting thing about the Star card:

The bird on the tree on the right is an Ibis which is a symbol of the Egyptian God Thoth who was associated by the Egyptians with art, speech, literature and learning. Thoth was thought to be scribe to the Gods. He was also a measurer and recorder of time.

Here is where the connection to the Star card comes in: The creative (arty) side is inspired by the pond in the card which can be seen as a pond of unformed energy and we can take inspiration from this and use it.

I also like the time aspect here because I sometimes make reference to the 8 stars in the card (which also have 8 points each) which can be seen as the 8 sabats hence the cycle of the year.

The RWS Star Tarot card

The RWS Star Tarot card

 

Thoth

Thoth

What if this is the Hermit?

The Hermit Tarot card and the 8 of Cups Tarot card from the RWS Tarot deck

The Hermit Tarot card and the 8 of Cups Tarot card from the RWS Tarot deck

Here is another interesting thing about the 8 of Cups.

Do you think the person in the card looks like the Hermit?

What could this mean?

If we were the person in the card, the Hermits advice is for us is to leave the ordinary things in our lives behind us to be able to achieve wisdom like his.

There are some opposites in this card when we think about the Hermit. The scenery in this 8 of Cups card is very hilly but it is not about overcoming this treacherous terrain but seeking greater self-awareness like the Hermit through a withdrawal from outer activity. In theory, I think of the Hermit as standing on the top of the mountain in the 8 of Cups.

I feel that going through this 8 of Cups in a way (however it is done) will aid us to get to know ourselves better and can add another rung to our ladder of life. It is like a doorway to the next stage in our development.

The Eclipse in Tarot

The RWS 8 of Cups

The RWS 8 of Cups

Have you always thought that this card looks like it is happening at night because it looks dark? Take a closer look and you will notice that it is actually an eclipse. The sun is to the left of the moon.

The potential here is that we are reminded to turn inward, to tap into our emotions and reconnect with the past. Once this has been achieved, you may then feel ready to let go of the past, shed old fears and habits, and finally feel light enough to move forward.

I have another highlight to point out to you with this card which I will do in my next blog post so watch this blog.

Death

Death of a loved one affects us all differently. It can even bring out the worst or best in you.

Here are the stages that Death of a loved one may make us go through:

  • SHOCK/DISBELIEF The numbing, disorienting sense that the death has not really happened, not really occurred. This reaction can be intensified and complicated if the death is sudden, violent, or unanticipated. Your mind may be telling you “there must be some mistake,” or “this can’t be true.” These symptoms typically last from several hours to several days.
  • ANGER Your anger may be targeted at a number of sources. You may feel waves of anger at the doctors who treated your loved one, anger at your family members for not rallying together, anger over what seems senseless or unjust, even anger at yourself or the person who died and “left” you.
  • GUILT You may blame yourself for not doing more, not being there enough, or not being there when the death happened. You may feel regret over “unfinished business” — conflicts you and the deceased never resolved, or feelings between the two of you that were never fully discussed or shared.
  • SADNESS You may experience a deep sense of loss. There may be moments when you find yourself at a loss for words, weeping, or bursting uncontrollably into tears.
  • FEAR There may be anxiety or panic; fears about carrying on, fears about the future. If the person who died was an adult (partner, sibling, parent), it may bring up fears about your own sense of mortality or sense of being left behind.
  • DEPRESSION You may go through periods of melancholy, or “blueness,” where you feel inclined to withdraw or isolate yourself. You may lose interest in your usual activities, or feel helpless or hopeless.

How will this all affect you? What do you need to be aware of?

  • TIME Take time alone and time with others whom you trust and who will listen when you need to talk.
  • CARING Try to allow yourself to accept the expressions of caring from others even though they may be awkward. Helping a friend or relative suffering the same loss may bring a feeling of closeness with that person.
  • REST, RELAXATION, EXERCISE, DIVERSION You may need to give yourself extra amounts of things that nourish and replenish you. Hot baths, afternoon naps, a short trip, a project helping others — any of these may give you a lift. Grief can be an emotionally and physically exhausting process.
  • GOALS For a while, it will seem that much of life is without meaning. At times like these, small goals are helpful. Something to look forward to — like lunch with a friend that day, a movie the next week, a trip next month — helps you get through the time in the immediate future. Sometimes living moment by moment, or one day at a time, is the rule of thumb. As time passes, you may want to work on longer range goals to give yourself some structure and direction to your life.
  • SECURITY Try to reduce or find help for financial and other stresses in your life. Allow yourself to be close and open up to those you trust. Developing or getting back into a routine helps. Focus on doing things at your own pace.
  • PERMISSION TO BACKSLIDE Sometimes after a period of feeling better, you find yourself back in the old feelings of extreme sadness, despair, or anger. This is the nature of grief — one moment you’re up, and next, you’re down. Sometimes when you backslide, you are simply remembering, re-experiencing the trauma or enormity of your loss which starts to flood back and overwhelm you.
  • HOPE You may find hope and comfort from those who have experienced a similar loss. Knowing what helped them, and realizing that over time they have recovered, may give you the hope and strength to envision that you, too, will eventually heal from your grief.
  • SMALL PLEASURES Do not underestimate the healing power of small pleasures. Sunsets, massage, a walk near the ocean, a favorite food — all are small steps toward giving to yourself and regaining your pleasure in life itself.
  • BE AWARE OF DRUG AND ALCOHOL USE The use of drugs, alcohol, and even prescription medications may prolong and delay the necessary process of grieving. You cannot prevent or cure grief. The only way out is through the grief process.
  • PERMISSION TO CHANGE YOUR MIND Grieving can shake you up inside. You may have difficulty concentrating; or find yourself constantly reevaluating your priorities. You may be unsure or uncertain what you want in numerous aspects of your life. When you make commitments or plans, be sure to let people know you may need room to cancel or change your mind.
  • BE PREPARED AROUND HOLIDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES For many people, holidays, birthdays, or the anniversary of their loved one’s death can bring up painful memories or revive feelings of longing and sadness over their loss — even for those who believe they have “finished” their grieving and moved on. This “anniversary” reaction is a common part of the grieving process, but you may be still be surprised by the flood of emotions that may be reactivated during this period. You might want to be especially aware and gentle with yourself around this time. You may also want to allow more private time for yourself, or arrange to spend more time around family and others close to you.
The RWS Death card

The RWS Death card

 

 

Temperance

the RWS Temperance card

the RWS Temperance card

I found the following which I would like to share with you when talking about Temperance.

I am quoting the “Evolution through the Tarot” by Richard Gardner, page 60:

“For survival, mind and feelings must be allowed expression in order to develop and merge. They are equal powers; their marriage can bring forth untold fruits that will result from androgen consciousness. Wilde was a visionary on this point: ‘The mere existence of consciousness is a sign of our imperfect development. It must be merged in instinct before we become fine. Self-denial is simply a method by which man arrests his development.’ ”

Here I immediately connected 2 of the 4 element that can compose us – swords and the air element (mind) and cups and the water element (feelings).

I would like to add the other 2 elements being Fire (Wands) being passion, energy and power and then Earth (Pentacles) and our stability and even our senses.

I feel that we may all have an obvious affiliation and connection with one particular element so it easier to connect to that element and here is where the first idea of temperance comes in.

I personally don’t wear a watch but still manage to get through the day, week and or month knowing when to do different things (like payroll and month end at work; having the weekends off and having our Sunday walk in the park with the dogs).

Basically, each of the 4 elements relate to seasons too:

Earth to Winter

Air to Spring

Water to Autumn and

Fire to Summer.

I feel that time in itself is something that requires temperance whether we naturally allow things to happen or whether we try to initiate things.

As an additional thing the elements also have the following connections:

Earth: Night time; our feet and Archangel Uriel

Air: Dawn; our heads; Archangel Raphael

Water: Evening; our hearts; Archangel Gabriel and

Fire: Noon; the Sacrel centre; Archangel Michael.

An interesting thing with the Temperance card is that the 2 jugs that are used can be seen as the conscious and sub conscious and how hard it can be for us to combine them or balance them.