Appearing as in pope-like garb, the Hierophant is a religious leader guarding knowledge with coveted keys. This trusted advisor can be relied on to provide guidance and he is not afraid to reveal the knowledge he has gained through study and experience. This is a time of seeking deeper meaning and spirituality. Be open to learning from those around you who have been there before.
(***Note, for me personally, The Hierophant can also indicate a very religious person of the Book Religions causing me some trouble in my daily life. This will not be true for everyone, but as you learn your cards, you will find that the general meanings of the cards don’t apply to you specifically. Go with your interpretation, but be aware of the general meaning so that when you move into a new phase in your life, you will be aware of the possibility of the card returning to its “Original Meaning.” This is also important for when you do readings for others.)
Passion, protection, and prosperity are obvious qualities of the ruby. When adorning the Hierophant, however, they also symbolize clarity, motivation, and self-confidence.
Used to increase visions and for wishes, Bay is a powerful herb to have in your arsenal. After opening yourself to advice and listening to trusted advisors, clarify your desires and enlist Bay to help you manifest them.
Write your desire/wish on a Bay leaf and burn the leaf. Be sure to scatter the ashes in the wind.
***Note: This devotional is not an attempt to teach you all there is to know. It’s an overview. I will provide links for more information, but the intention is to connect the cards, herbs, and stones together to increase memory and set a daily pattern of study. There are millions of resources out there. Follow what you are drawn to and study more! Have fun and your mind will open and grow.***
Tarot: Introduction There is a reason you chose your deck or that your deck found you, so the first step to learning your deck is to just enjoy it. Today, separate the cards into their suits. Separate the major arcana from the minor arcana and look at the images or research decks online if you don’t have yours yet.
You will find some of the artwork speaks to you, some pictures will seem more beautiful or captivating than others. Make a note of the specific cards you love most. As you learn details about the cards, it will be easy for you to see why you were drawn to those specific cards.
Herb: Mustard Seed Warming and powerful as the God himself.
The mustard seed is famous for being a symbol of expansive possibility. As such, when you spend time learning each day, your mind is expanding and growing just like the mustard seed. Anytime you begin something new that requires a lot of energy, include a mustard seed.
Homeopathy Mustard has many uses in homeopathic remedies and serves as a powerful anti-inflammatory agent. Get more information here.
Stone: Crystal Quartz
The crystal quartz is the perfect “beginner” quartz. Its energy is universal, and it carries no innate color for associations. Use crystal quartz to amplify the energy of any workings. Crystal quartz is also a perfect stand-in if a spell or meditation calls for a specific stone that you do not have in your collection.
Use this overview to connect these elements and you will retain the information easier and be able to put it into practice!