Today’s card is Knowledge, number five of the Major Arcana. In a more traditional tarot deck, this card would be known as The Hierophant. The Major Arcana are used as a teaching tool to introduce the initiate to the principles of occult worship. Each represents a point along our evolutionary path as magickal beings and discussed the science and the mysticism that work in tune to guide our journey as spiritual seekers. As in any tarot deck, this journey begins with Initiation (The Fool), representing innocence and new beginnings. But while the Major Arcana have a finite number, the journey through them continually begins again as the spiral of our existence play out.
The keywords for this card are Learning, Integration, and Expression. This beautiful card shows a woman shapeshifting into an elephant, symbol of action, power, and long life. Like the elephant, we can continue to learn throughout the length of our lifetime. Knowledge is the Bringer of Light and the woman on this card represents the living link we all have to the eternal Sacred Mysteries. The trefoil decorating her robes and adorning her throat and ears mimic the threefold, Positive, Negative, and Neutral. With a pentacle lighting her way from above, she is comfortable with her connection to the Divine. From the Book of Knowledge, she draws a river of light and energy. This signifies a bridging of multi-dimensional experiences and the Shapeshifter here represents a new global recognition, a consensus dream that is fast becoming a world vision of spirituality and the connectivity that exists between each human on this planet. She embodies the integration of Spirit and the Intellect and the open book symbolizes an open mind and conscious awareness.
At this time, ritual may be acting as a doorway to wisdom and occult knowledge. We are at a crossroads of initiation, integration, and synthesis. Learn to use your intuition and express your ideas and talents. Take the time to remove any obstacles and barriers that may present themselves. Tests of faith, hidden secrets, and deeper agendas may also be revealed at this time. Like all power, the results can be positive of negative. Use this power to stabilize the bridge between your spiritual and ordinary worlds. This is a time of high spiritual interest as well. You may find that your connection to the Divine is strengthening proportionally to your interest and exploration. Make commitments to yourself and to your God and Goddess and move past family, religious, or cultural barriers into the deep spiritual work that is calling you. Honor the sacred within and use this time to hear your inner voice speaking Truth to the quiet mind.
May you find spiritual knowledge, expression, and expansion in the silence of your deepest Truth!