Today’s card is one of my favorites, it’s the Hierophant. In a more traditional deck, the Hierophant may also be known as the Pope and he is pictured as a Catholic pope or some other authority in church garb. He usually represents higher learning, traditional hierarchical values, and institutional dogma of some kind. He may also represent a connection to higher power, and a spiritual teacher. Sounds stuffy right? Why should this card be one of my favorites? It’s because in the Mythic Tarot the Hierophant is represented by Chiron the Centaur who is the trainer of heroes, agent of the Gods. This adds a whole new dimension to the card.
Firstly, Chiron himself is a mentor. Gods have delegated him to train young candidates to be heroes. Being a centaur, his spirituality is very earthy, centaurs usually are connected to the very basic and primal instincts of animal nature. The sign he is making is the sign of the horned God who is the God of nature. Chiron isn’t just any centaur though, he is uplifted by the higher powers and has obtained knowledge and learning represented by the scroll in his hand. His very being is a connection between the spirituality of the heavens and the spirituality of the earth seen here symbolically as standing in the cave with the light shining through. There is sacredness in the balance between heaven and earth, light and dark, male and female.
Chiron is also known as the wounded healer. He was mortally wounded at one point and given immortality of the Gods. His wisdom (represented by the crown), is gained not only through the usual educational institutional learning but through actual experience… wisdom gained through pain. It’s the old adage, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.
Today if you are acting in the role of mentor, teacher, or advisor don’t be afraid to share that wisdom born of experience. If you’re in need of some advice, listen to your advisors (or in some cases your elders) they might actually know something.
- protect yourself first and Be open to unexplainable events happening around you (trangmoschino.wordpress.com)
- Heal Pain and Learn to Love and Forgive with the help of Tarot-Part (II) (thetarotwisdom.wordpress.com)
- Tarot and Basic Numerology (victoria303.com)
- Centaurs (sorcerersskull.blogspot.com)
- Walking the Spiritual Path: Alternating Between Outer Teachings and Inner Contemplation (tarotsalve.com)