The Hierophant is a complex symbol of spiritual authority, but today I’m thinking particularly of her in relation to the spiritual identity we hold in the history of our family, bloodline or community.
This set of beliefs, traditions, or ways of coping, can feel extremely life affirming or desperately oppressive - usually a bit of both!
My parents are on a special mission thousands of miles away, meeting a cousin for the first time, and this trip has a real flavour of the Hierophant . By connecting or reconnecting with relatives, looking into our family trees, or talking with members of our chosen community, we can recognise patterns and understand the events in our life on a deeper level.
This morning I was talking with a friend in a beautiful graveyard near where I live. I was working under the ancient twisted yew trees, and beside me there were some old 17th century graves. There is nothing like a graveyard to connect you to your ancestors .. ! The Hierophant brings to life these characters from our collective past, emphasising the common thread we hold, and encouraging us to learn more about them and the wisdom they had to share. They are where we came from after all ..