There are times in my life where I desperately desire to have a calm and normal life. For a long time I identified myself as a victim of circumstances, now I see my past experiences as training for my present. I celebrate my mistakes for they have taught me to live in the now. I still prepare for the future, but I live in the moment.
When life throws tests at us, we grow as people.
The tests, trials, and tribulations that each of us face (as individuals and as collectives) build character, grit, faith in self, and focus. The self love we develop as we face our challenges, wells and eventually overflows into the lives of others.
What have you learned from your past mistakes?
What circumstances have shaped who you are today and how are they positively effecting you and those around you?
Can you imagine a world where each being constructively learns from their experiences and actively shapes their reality in an unselfish way that benefits the planet as a whole?
The Hierophant symbolizes the law of life mastery. Be like a child learning through the tests of life and growing through experience into Buddhahood – full enlightenment. The Buddha’s bare feet on the ground symbolize that the path to enlightenment is through the lessons of this earthly plane. Like the flower which grows out of the compost, it is out of the garbage of life – the storms, rifts and valleys – that you flower. Converting adversity into opportunity requires the meditative awareness of the Buddha – honest observation of your reality with priestess-like equanimity.
Like the Buddha, you are a sage who has already mastered many tests. Be a guiding hand, a teacher of others. Like the elephant, clear the way for others to the deep and infinite source of life. You are an en-lightener like Venus, the morning and evening star. Listen to your inner voice of experience, which is symbolized by the Buddha’s ear.
The Shadow and Negative side of the Hierophant: As the Hierophant, respect the ancient world and its knowledge. You may, however, get caught up in tradition and become fixed and dogmatic like the bull-headed Taurus. Watch that you do not become lethargic and comfortable like the bull through empty and formalistic worship of previous rites and rituals.
Voyager Tarot : Intuition Cards for the 21st Century
James Wanless, Ph.D.
Artist Ken Knutson