I love the ancient tree as the Hierophant—it’s so streamlined, yet still perfectly fitting. Huge, solid, firmly rooted, it’s a wonderful metaphor for the institution of accepted wisdom and knowledge. Here, paired with the Eight of Wands, we see a figure flying through the air, apparently above and away from the tree that’s no doubt given him shelter in the past.
Start with building foundational knowledge. Study long-accepted truths and consider the wisdom of those who came before you, the accepted ways of perceiving and doing. But don’t stop there! Once you’re good and familiar with the system, go seeking your own truth.
Test what you’ve learned, compare and contrast with what others know, and in general, look to connect to the divine spark WITHIN yourself. That tree is there to provide shelter and a start. But if you only climb up the tree, there’s a built-in limit as to how high you’ll reach. You’ve got to be read to move beyond if you want to complete your adventure.
Do you stick with the tried and true schools of thought, or go your own way?
|The Transparent Tarot |
by Emily Carding
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