Saturday, April 14, 2012

2012 - The Year of the Hierophant

In terms of the Chinese calendar, 2012 is the year of The Dragon.  In terms of tarot 2012 is card number 5 of the Major Arcana, or the year of The Hierophant.  This year we will deal with belief systems, ours and other peoples, as well as issues surrounding conformity and group identification.  Just what you wanted to hear in an election year, isn't it.

If we are curious by nature, we will seek answers and perhaps question the validity of our beliefs.  Some of us will prefer to seek comfort in time-honored rituals and embrace cultural concepts as a means of fitting in.  The challenge to all of us this year is to ask ourselves what we believe and where, or in what, have we placed our faith.

Linda Jane Becker, in her book, "Living with Soul," states, "We are spiritual beings having a human experience." It is within the essence of our spirituality that we house our faith - or it should be, because faith without understanding or compassion swiftly turns into blind obedience.  Where there are no questions, there can be no answers and hence, no growth.

This year use The Hierophant as a guide to greater insight into yourself.  After all, another aspect of card 5, and to me the most significant one, is that of teacher.  The Hierophant imparts hidden knowledge to the querent who's willing to look.  Mirrors can be scary things, but let the opportunity to expand your awareness push your fears aside.  Each step we take towards consciousness as individuals helps humanity as a whole.

Here is the formula for for finding a year number:

2+0+1+2= 5     (Not rocket science)     Do not reduce the number unless it is 23 or more.    2+3= 5

Did you know that you also have a yearly tarot card just for you?  To find it add your birth month, birth day and the current year.

2045   =  11   Justice

Use your personal year number to help you understand where you fall in the 22 year cycle (22 is the number of The Fool).  Look for the significance your card number holds for you and how it corresponds to the general year number. Post or email your comments and questions, and I'll be happy to respond.

Please review the April 4th post - "Numerology and Tarot : Finding Your Birth Numbers" for a complete list of the Major Arcana cards and their corresponding numbers.  Cross-reference their meanings with your favorite tarot guide.  Also, feel free to ask here.

For those of you in the greater Portland (OR) area, I will be teaching a workshop tentatively called, "Inner Journeys Through Tarot"  in late Summer or early Fall.  Email me and I will be happy to put you on my mailing list for the event.

Reading recommendations from today's blog are "Learning the Tarot," by Joan Bunning,  "Tarot for Yourself," by Mary K. Greer and "Living With Soul,"  By Linda Jane Becker.  Also, Ms. Becker will be teaching meditation classes in the greater Portland (still OR) area this summer as well.  A great opportunity to learn techniques for your life journey.

Lady Oracle

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