The Hierophant

hierophantThe Hebrew letter Vau means nail, and it represents the ‘son’ of the tetragrammaton which refers to Dionysus, Jesus Christ and other sacrificed gods. The nail of crucifixion connects spirit to matter and symbolizes the painful nature of awareness. Suffering is the source of all spiritual gold, just as dedicated sacrifice is the liberator of the energy of creation. Vau represents the connection between the spiritual and material existence which has been lost. The mission of the Hierophant is the reconnection of that link; he is a Pontifex or bridge builder. Vau symbolizes our spine, which kundalini energy ascends when our spiritual centres are open. The Hierophants’ staff is like a spine with a snake coiled around it, and the stone at the top is his pineal gland, which is also the third eye. This precious stone is the Philosophers Stone, the end result of the alchemical quest for enlightenment.

Happy Blood Moon Easter Resurrection!

The Emperor


The Emperor represents the process by which manifestation is organized into complex interacting structures. He symbolizes our force of will and the active constructive energy we bring to our worldly activities. He gifts us with the ability to see the bigger picture in our lives and the world around us and brings to our creative work a sense of order, reason, boundaries and discipline. Through the experience of structures and limitations we can realize the higher purpose of our lives. Our place in the world is defined by our circumstances, and so a clear understanding of these is essential to any kind of progress, material or spiritual. By meditation on the Emperor card we can find the direction and strength of purpose to manifest our dreams, and live out our full potential.


empressThe Valley Spirit never dies
It is named the Mysterious Female.
And the doorway of the Mysterious Female
Is the base from which Heaven and Earth sprang.
It is there within us all the while.
Draw upon it as you will, it never runs dry.”
Tao Te Ching, Chapter VI,

Translated by Arthur Waley

High Priestess

highpriestessThe High Priestess guards access to the Inner Realms. She is the Lady of the Veil of Illusion. Her powers are attractive and hypnotic, and her gifts are profound intuitive wisdom and enlightenment. She represents the Inner Life, that fecund, intuitive, imaginative world which all artists and poets inhabit. The High Priestess is as deep as the ocean of the unconscious that lies behind her. She represents the Anima or Soul Image protecting the hidden treasures of the collective unconscious.



“Truth without error, certain and most true;
that which is above is as that which is below,
and that which is below is as that which is above,
for performing the miracles of the One Thing;
and as all things were from One,
by the meditation of One,
so all things arose from this One Thing by adaptation.”

The Emerald Tablet of Hermes

The first day of the first month of the year seemed like a good moment to post the Magus.
So begins the year of the birth of the cards.
Happy New Year!

artwork © Sarah Wheatley 2015
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