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The Hierophant is the fifth Major Arcana card of the Tarot and as such represents knowledge and guidance, both of the material world and the spiritual.  Have you ever met a random stranger whose wisdom completely spoke to your situation in an eerily prophetic way?  That is the power of the Hierophant at work.  What is your comfort level with authority figures and how do you handle power?  How are you both student and teacher in your life?  What part does tradition or ritual play in your effectiveness in creating structure?  These questions are especially important to us all as 2012 is the Year of the Hierophant!

Change, action and challenge are a few of the aspects associated with the number five and a Hierophant year will be rife with adversity.  Which means we will all be honing our abilities to problem solve.  2012 will be a year in which the stability we created last year will be tested.  The best way to work with this is trust your inner guides.  Like the willow tree, we will all have to find ways to bend without breaking as harsh winds blow around us.  Examine your traditions and decide which still apply to the new circumstances surrounding you.  Strictly adhering to your past conventions will trip you up more than usual, so making small adjustments as your situations shift will benefit you much more in the long run.

Many people go back to school or receive new training in a Hierophant year.  Enhancing our professional skill sets is of the utmost importance now.  Each of us has a sage within who examines our lessons to find the knowledge we need to continue on our path.  When we apply this knowledge it becomes wisdom.  Question your beliefs and ask which still work for you.  The best way to determine this is to look carefully at which of your values promote growth instead of limiting it.

People will be looking for teachers this year and they may look to you for guidance.  Conversely, you may be looking to others for leadership.  Make sure that whatever information you share comes from the heart.  Reciting facts in a mechanical manner will not create the needed connections.  If you align your spiritual self with your intelligence you will help yourself as well as assist others.

The Hierophant year can certainly be a trying time as we examine the role of authority in our lives, learn which traditions represent our true selves, and teach in order to learn.  Be patient and compassionate with yourself and others as you learn to understand your power in discovering your own truth.

2012 as the year of  the Hierophant applies to us all.  It is an overall lesson we must learn as a living planet-wide community.  To discover which Major Arcana card specifically speaks to your individual experience for 2012, receive your Triumph Reading from Heroic Tarot!

Bright Blessings!

~Storm Arcana