Here we meet The Hierophant.(The High priest in male form) The fifth lesson of the fool’s journey. A lesson that is one of the hardest for all of us to learn. After he met his father and learned how to encompass himself through the world on his own, he is now ready to meet a teacher that will always find him again and again, a teacher of life. He is the savior in all of us. He is the one we continue to meet in our lives in order to show us our truest lives and lessons. He also stands for the number five archetype and show’s that we must realize our own tasks here and the lessons we will face as well, no matter how hard they will be to take in. This card is not easy to write about or relate with because it holds a few things that life as we recognize it can not easily be reckoned with.
The fool is finding that life may be a bit trickier than he thought, once he met his father he sought after his goals with his head held high. But now he has to realize an entire new platform of his being, that there is something else to consider here.
Its time to realize he is a part of something greater than himself. When we make mistakes in life, we often either reflect on them or look for a higher counsel to guide us. TheHierophant is just that. When the fool meet’s his mistakes and can not decipher or make sense of his lessons on his own, he will then go out and find one that can. This is where The Fool looks for higher meaning and reason through the church and community, he will seek a higher purpose.The hierophant may indicate a spiritual search for meaning through conventional rituals or professional advice. Sometimes we may veer away from our true purpose and need help getting back on track. This card often also indicates when we are repeating lessons over and over again in life because we are either choose not to learn from them or simply can’t figure out why we continue to go through things time and time again. It took some time for me to really land this card in my readings because all the Major Arcana cards offer lessons and archetypes. What I have found is that we are all here for a purpose and lesson, however they go hand in hand because life is always creating new lessons for us to learn but our purpose can be overcoming those lessons and teaching them to others.
In many ways he represents our relationship with God. How we view God, how we relate to God and how our lives are effected by this relationship.”when we trust in ourselves we trust in God” It is crucial to note that if our belief in God suspends due to disbelief, we than find ourselves either lost or testing ourselves in order to learn more of a higher power. We all may find that the church is not the answers for us, but looking within will. This is my experience with morals and ethics because sometimes the walls around you aren’t built to show you a wall of security but rather a wall of endurance.The most important thing to remember here is a divine law that hold’s over all physical truths because no matter what our choices are, we must face why those choices came to be in the first place. Whether from within ourselves or from an exterior wall.
This is why religion is nor good or bad because it brings in the balance to those that can not find it elsewhere. The Fool is ready to embark on this new journey, a lesson that will always be waiting for his decision to either follow what has been written or to find it within himself, either way he will find a reason to every season and his own mistakes and triumphs. Because he will find that once he goes out into the world to test his belief system, He will find himself and his higher calling.
Key words – Spiritual growth, Divine Law, Spiritual authority, Orthodoxy, moral development, Convention, Religious ceremonies, A mighty fortes is our God, Teaching, Learning, ” The mistakes I have made will not carry on into tomorrow” , Searching for a higher purpose in life, “Let go let God”, A preference for tradition, Celibacy, being true to ones self before answers are found, Seeking Knowledge greater than your own, “There must be something more!” , Spiritual advise, Conforming in order to find a better grip on one’s beliefs, Schools, places of worship, “If I do not know my self, I must seek my meaning elsewhere.” , Conventional Wisdom, A bridge, One who can bring spiritual wisdom to the physical.
People – Teachers, The Pope,Justice of the peace, Gurus, Mentors Spiritual Leaders or counselors, A person who passes on their knowledge and understanding to a new generation, Firgureheads, Advisors, A person that knows the pain of others.