Conversing with the Cards – The Major Arcana: The Hierophant

The Hierophant


by Morgana Moonfire

Impressions: A man dressed in a white tunic holds a sword in one hand and a wand in the other. His arms are crossed and he stands in water. In front of him are three naked children in the water. He looks at them but does not smile. They are secluded by a fence and fruit-bearing trees.

Whether the man is the father or the teacher of the children is quite irrelevant. He is a teacher nonetheless and he takes his task seriously. Whether his apprentices are children or not is equally irrelevant. He teaches them discipline as well as the study matter itself and he expects that they too take their apprenticeship seriously. The teacher imposes order on them and demands their full attention and respect. The children must be fully aware of the importance of the art, skill or knowledge they are to master, of the role they are to play and are being prepared for. Each of them is meant to fulfil a certain part of considerable magnitude and so it is imperative that they are already conscious of what is expected of them at an early age. When they complete their training, they will walk their separate paths but they may continue to support and aid each other as they have done throughout the learning process. In addition, they will most probably continue to receive their teacher’s guidance if they wish it.

As students or simply as individuals involved in an important learning process, we are required to take our learning serious, to manifest ourselves as humble and disciplined students. If we are to succeed we must be severe on ourselves and be fully dedicated to the cause. Yet we are never alone and even if we opt for self-learning, there are still many other like-minded persons out there who are committed to the same journey. It is not uncommon and it is even advisable for those with similar interests to support and learn from each other. Regardless of the other persons’ age or experience, you can learn something valuable from everyone if you would only open your mind. Age in general is insignificant as learning is a life-long affair. It is never too late to get started. This card may also indicate that guidance or advice is readily available to you in whatever situation you may find yourself. This will normally be in the form of a wise person, who takes on the role of a teacher or father figure, and who will willingly assist you with the issue, question or concern that you are occupied with.

Key words and sentiments: authority, teacher, discipline, order, tradition, guidance, advice, training, preparing yourself, dedication, learn from others, ambition, destiny, it is never too late to learn.

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As a sister of the DMC, Morgana aka Funky Chicken would like to honour this wonderfully supportive circle of sisters who never hesitate to offer guidance and share their wisdom.