Anyone who has set up a tent
and suffered the weather has seen the importance of a good tent stake.
If the stake is not solid,
deep and well anchored,
the entire tent will collapse.
The Hebrew letter associated with the Hierophant is Vav: the tent stake,
a well-grounded (when set) object that will hold up an entire community.
In Classic image of the Tarot we see the “Hierophant”
(comes from the Greek: “hiera, “the holy,” and phainein, “to show”);
offering a blessing to be in turn directed to others.
Its effect continues through the members of a given community
thus weaving the fabric of love and strength through out society.
In my own representation of the Hierophant
I focused on the hand of blessing,
the fingers in the circle of spirit,
the arm trailing in roots below into matter.
The embodiment of these symbols are religion itself:
reaching into the realm of the spirit
while grounded into the rituals of daily life.
The actions of everyday existence empowered
with the intent of reaching the divine,
establishes a relationship with the godhead.
The central element is the blessing itself;
the art of bestowing the divine to each other
is what gives religion its lifeblood.
I have created a setting illustrates the energy flow
of The Hierophant:
blessings to Earth,
Service to the Divine.
The Hierophant Amulet
is excellent for teachers, nurses, healers of all kinds,
clergy and any one who has chosen the path
to serve the community through Teaching, Healing and Service.
I have a friend who’s birthday is in a few weeks and I would love to give her this as a gift because she is a teacher and as you said in your blog this would be a good gift for someone in this field of work. My problem, which I’m hoping you can help me solve, is that she doesn’t really know anything about the meaning behind your amulets nor does she know how to embrace the power of an amulet. Can you suggest how I might give this to her as a gift so that she’ll not only understand “roots” this beautiful piece of jewelry, but also how to use it’s beauty and meaning to empower herself? I’m new to this type of thing and don’t know if my question is silly or not. I would just like to give her this really cool gift without having to refer her to your blog. HOWEVER, I’m hoping, that my gift will inspire her to make a connection with this type of thought and be curious enough to become one of your fans, like I have.
This is not a silly question at all.
It really depends on the person you are describing. If she is of an open mind, you may explain to her what the basic symbols mean: the circle of spirit, the hand of blessings and the roots indicating a solid foundation. To experience the concept of this amulet you can show her an exercise used in Yoga, Martial arts and a host of other disciplines: Grounding.
Find a still place where you are comfortable, breath deeply with eyes closed: allow yourself to settle into the chair. Visualize yourself growing roots through the chair into the ground and deeper. Then project all your static and unwanted energy through the roots and down. Take a deep breath, let it out allowing yourself to relax, tension flowing out and down.
After this exercise your friend will feel better. It is like cleansing the pallet after a spicy dish. Once done thoughts and perception become clear. It is in this state where you can become a conduit for prayer and meditation; coming in touch with your inner Hierophant. The Hierophant Amulet is a symbol and tool of this experience.
Each of the Tarot Amulets is accompanied with a small card illustrated and illuminated with prose about the Amulet received. With the amulet, card and your loving attention, I am sure that she will treasure your gift.
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