This is the Fifth of a series of articles examining the Major Arcana
using the Grand Spread
(three groups of seven, the Fool being separate)
to better understand and harness ourselves, our talent, intelligence,
experience and gifts.
Next to the Emperor is the Fifth card:
From the single point of consciousness of The Magician
(the ability to focus on the Now)
to The High Priestess
(the depth of Memory: personal and ancestral);
to the Empress
(visualize the future)
to the Emperor
(logic and reason, knowing how things are; sets things in motion)
manifests the Heirophant:
Intuition: the Inner Authority, the connection between one Self and the Greater Unconsciousness.
In the second line underneath the Heirophant we find
The Hanged Man.
The suspension of consciousness
amid the Akashic waters of the Great Unconsciousness:
the sum total of all things living.
Like floating in the ocean,
One has a very thin membrane between the inner “waters”
of our flesh and blood and the outer Sea.
It is easy to become lost in this vast expanse of consciousness,
but only Here may one truly know the Totality of Being.
In the third row under the Hanged Man is
The Face of God.
With perception limited to physical brains and the language
we use to describe something so vast,
we can only grasp what is familiar to us.
As the sun is too bright to look at directly,
and we describe it as a “face”,
so too the attempt to understand the thoughts of the Almighty
may only be described with words we already know.
Comprehending our limitation
opens the possibility of understanding
more than we are capable of describing.
The first level reveals the position
(the Heirophant) for the personal,
the second position
(The Hanged Man)
reveals the environment in which we work
and the third position
demonstrates how we may apply what we have learned.
The Fourth Resonance of the Fool’s Journey is:
Knowing who and what One is,
all of the facts available,
the ability to understand possibilities
and implement a logical response,
One’s Intuition makes all the connections
based on what is Real
and produces perception normally unassailable.
discarding erroneous supposition
we observe the Unknown
and see it without preconceptions,
allowing the Truth to become evident.
This resonance holds all three together into one triad,
each supporting the other.
Place these three cards together
and observe the delicate balance produced.
Set these cards on your alter,
use them as meditations,
place them in your pocket
or wear the combination as amulets.
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