Please celebrate the Year of the Hierophant with me as I share Part Two of my guest blog, from one of the greatest living Speaker of Mysteries — the sublime Caitlín Matthews. I invite you to post the results of your readings, if you try the enclosed spread. And once again, thank you, Caitlín. ~ Beth
SHOWING FORTH THE STORY:
Belief, Tradition, Prophecy and the Hierophant
by Caitlín Matthews
Omens and portents are the traditional signposts of the true prophet and way-shower to come and point the way back to the ancestral restorative of thankfulness and offering, as Merlin reminds in his prayer: ‘Highest Creator, I should be obedient to thee, and show forth Thy most worthy praise from a worthy heart, always joyfully making offerings.’ (Vita Merlini)
When human anxiety and trouble overwhelm us, the truth is hard to seek. But instead of ploughing on till the last day of doom in fulfilment of horrific, world-ending prophecies, we can look once more to the treasury of our destiny. The gifts that have been given to us look not only forward to the future but also back to their roots in the past. They are a precious wisdom that frames and shapes our story.
I am out to allay the kind of fears that arise from believing in stories and omens that warp our lives, and to reconfirm the resources we have.
It is part of the Tarot reader’s hierophantic task to tell the story of the cards in such a way that it will be helpful to the client, so I’ve devised the Hierophant’s Bridge Spread that may help guide the fearful through this year, next year and beyond. This includes three factors that shape our lives: Fate, Destiny and Free Will.
Fate is that which we cannot alter – e.g. our place of birth or basic physiology. Destiny is that which lies potentially within each of us: e.g. the gift of art that can develop, with practice, until we attain artistic expertise, or that can simply remain a pleasant hobby. Free Will is about the choices we make for ourselves, the game we play with what we are given (both our Fate and the potentialities of our Destiny) and where we centre ourselves.
Hierophant’s Bridge Spread
Shuffle and cut, laying the cards as following. Whichever card lands on position 5 is the Significator or ‘yourself as hierophant,’ who represents you through this three year reading and who is the fusion of your authentic and authoritative self.
This is what the horizontal lines mean:
- Wisdom of the Years Behind Me: top 3 cards – From birth to 2011
- How I Wisely Traverse 2012: middle 3 cards – 2012
- Wisdom of the Years Ahead of Me: bottom 3 cards – 2013 onwards
The Vertical columns are:
- The Hand I’m Dealt (Me & My Fate)
- The Game I Play (Me & my free will)
- The Hand I Create (Me & my destiny)
I hope this spread enables us all to see our lives as an ongoing totality. Fate, Free Will and Destiny are the hierophantic triple crown of all human beings: let’s wear them with pride and confidence and not be afraid of beliefs and prophecies that remove us from our own sacred connections.
Note: The Arthurian Tarot (with the illustration of Taliesin as Hierophant shown in Tuesday’s post) was reprinted in August 2011 and is available from Caitlín and John Matthews’ website. The illustration of The Ancestor is from The Wildwood Tarot, a collaboration between Caitlín’s husband, John Matthews, Mark Ryan, and Will Worthington.