a reply to: TheJourney
I've always found the Tarot to be valuable psychologically on a personal level. A standard deck of cards (Fool-World + 4 elemental suits) encompasses
the physical and mental archetypes found in the world's mythology, and the individual's psychology. When I study the cards for myself, I don't
treat them as a form of prophecy, but as a mirror to my own mind, one that often times pushes me to admit things that I am, otherwise, unwilling
For example, I'm prone to drawing the Hierophant/Pope card for myself (I'm sure there's some subtle, subconscious shuffling trigger I'm unaware
of). When this first started happening I assumed that the card was reflective of my spiritual counseling for others, as the Pope/Hierophant is the
leader of a congregation/faith. My early instincts were to pay attention to those moments where others came to me seeking advice, and to reflect on
myself after each meeting. This helped me understand my own beliefs and thoughts about life, meaning, and the inevitable "after-life" journey.
The card kept showing up though, so I started to ask myself: why? I've seen this card, and I know what it is referencing in my life. So why does it
keep getting dealt? It was at this point that I began to study the mythological personas that qualified as a Hierophant or Pope. This lead me to
ancient kings, like Osiris in Egyptian mythology, and wisdom-, craftsman-, and magician-gods (that always seem to be tied together), like Enki in
Mesopotamian mythology. I started reading about these figures: learning their respective mythologies, what they stood for and represented in their
societies, and the messages they delivered to their people (spiritually-speaking of course).
Doing this revealed another facet of the Hierophant. More than just a "wise man on the mountain", the Hierophant is also an architect, shaping
reality for those who his wisdom touches. I slowly came to realize that I was stuck in a rut of "telling" but not "showing". Where the
Hierophant/Pope also participates in the changes and lessons he teaches, I was not. I was only observing from the outside, without really getting
involved. I decided to change that, and began taking a more active role in the lives of the people I cared about, and who looked to me for
understanding and a stable foundation. Instead of just speaking, I began acting, helping, setting in motion the things that I believed would most
Since doing that I've noticed a two-fold change. First, I'm much more content, and have found a kind of inward peace myself. I no longer fret and
worry over whether or not my helping hand will have done something, because I am beginning to be the hand, rather than just speaking with it. Second,
the people I was working with have stopped coming around as frequently. Not because they're seeking help elsewhere, but because together we've been
building each other up, making more complete versions of ourselves, and neither myself, nor they, are making the same mistakes anymore.
And the card? Virtually absent since I looked deeper into it. There may not be anything mystical too that either, mind you. I don't necessarily
believe in the "power of the cards", so much as I believe in the power of the human mind to find patterns and analyse them in accordance with its
own environment and experiences. The cards help me do that. One day I won't need them, but until then, I let them serve as an honest reflection of
myself, because personal human bias often prevents us from honestly assessing ourselves without something to help.
~ Wandering Scribe