I see the new moons as offering us initiating energy that we can explore throughout the moonth, aligning our own energy and desires with what is happening in the wider cosmos. Through my e-news I offer a reading around the new moon that can be revisited and added to through the moonthly cycle for gaining greater wisdom, acheiving goals, or finding the right way to be of service, for example.
This moonth we are invited to walk the path and receive the wisdom of the Hierophant, the card associated with this new moon’s arrival on Saturday May 4th at 6:46pm ET in the astrological sign of Taurus.
From a first look at the iconic image of the Rider-Waite-Smith deck, we may see guidance to be authoritative in our teachings and to embrace our leadership ability in matters of the spiritual.
a 1909 card scanned by Holly Voley and retrieved from http://www.sacred-texts.com/tarot
But on its own, this understanding of the Hierophant is incomplete; it lacks acknowledgement of who the Hierophant serves.
Hierophants are teachers of and conduits for what is Greater Than than themselves. Although granted authority – and sometimes great power – within human institutions, the source of their authority is not personal, it comes from the Divine.
When we add another layer of pattern making from astrology, we discover that the power of the true Hierophant comes from service to the Divine Feminine. Each astrological sign is ruled by a planet. Taurus is ruled by Venus associated with the Tarot’s Empress.
The Empress is the creative life force, the Great Mother, the Earth which gives us what we need to live.
From Tarot Roots of Asia (out-of-print)
If Hierophants – caught up in power granted by institutions or unquestioning support of those below them in the hierarchy – lose their grounding in service to the Empress and Her causes, they are corrupted and their vision impaired. Taken to an extreme, they do terrible things. Tolerating the sexual abuse by clergy of children is the most obvious example much in the news these days.
Last moonth we tended to our power-from-within, bringing it forth to join with others for a power-with that can counter the destructive forces of power-over.This moonth, we are reminded from where our power flows, yes, from within, but also from beyond, and always in service to something greater than just our personal desires. As we open to receive the flow, our power connects with Divine power, and we can move through our lives and share our gifts and wisdom like a Hierophant aligned with the Empress.
This moonth’s questions invite you to better understand and develop a relationship with your service to the Divine:
SERVICE: What face of the Divine asks for your service and devotion this moonth? (Process suggestion: Use the Majors or a deck that shows Divine figures on all the cards such as the Dark Goddess Tarot for this question.)
RECEIVE: How can you open up to receive Their guidance and support?
SHARE: What wisdom will you be able to share with others out of this encounter?