Tuesday, March 4, 2014

The Hierophant - The Wounded Healer

The fifth card in the Major Arcana is the Hierophant , the spiritual father, the wise sage, the teacher of wisdom, or is representing the trinity - mind, body and spirit. It also represents religion or orthodox ideas; unconditional mercy and compassion, perhaps toward the self; having a need for approval and conformity and having humility in facing authority.

Many folks have "issues " surrounding authority figures, often for good reason as there has been, or can be abuse of this authority, which often will leave emotional, physical and mental scars. We often become  The Wounded Healer and through our own pain, we can appreciate the pain and suffering of another. This can  result in our choosing a career or vocation as a counselor, doctor, or some kind of worker in the service of others and we are good at it, because we have walked that walk.

That said, the Hierophant represents silence, hearing the voice within and listening to the heart. We  try to understand what the Creator's will for us is, in our lives.
Symbolic of actively seeking answers of a philosophical kind, a study of particular philosophy or belief system or a deep commitment to a quest for the meaning of life manifested in formulating our own vision of spirit which will guide us, leaving childhood behind, and now facing life's challenges.

I have heard it said religion is some else's experience, spirituality is an individual's experience. In the end we must come to terms and find our own values, morals and spiritual beliefs. The Hierophant asks us to do just that through meditation and listening to the still quiet voice within our heart of hearts.

Chiron The Wounded healer


Indigene Theresa said...

The Tarot has always fascinated me. I just don't know enough about it. One thing that has struck me about the Tarot, is the fact that the visuals are so powerful and so meaningful to me. I guess I just look at the readings of the cards as something extra. There seems to be so much to learn about it. I wouldn't know how to begin! I'm glad that your blog is exploring this and that you're writing such meaningful posts.

Unknown said...

It's so exciting to get a comment from you! Thank you!
Yes you are very right the visual images of the cards are very compelling and powerful. I think they speak to our unconsciousness because they are archetypes that we recognize on a deep level. The more readings I do the more I learn. These days I am studying every day. You are very right there is so much to learn!

Thank you so much for your encouragement Indigene!
Blessings and love to you my soul sister. <3