My card for the year is the Hierophant, never my favourite. So often, I see him as being about rigid structures, institutional approaches. However, working through a Lovers year, blending their focuses, it would be more about choosing appropriate structures and institutions for our own ends, perhaps. I also see the Hierophant as connected to teaching and spirituality. With the Lovers, that means offering people different options of how to learn, and exploring what spirituality truly means to me. I can get behind that :)
Which Court cards, then, will help and hinder me next year? I drew again from the Tarot of the Wyrd (The Game Crafter, 2012).
In all of this, I mustn't get trapped in the rigidity which the Hierophant can sometimes bring. Instead, I should keep moving forward with an open heart, to make the best choices available to me in the moment.
On a side note, doing this exercise I realised there is a very unusual aspect to this deck. Card 5 is titled the Hermit, instead of the Hierophant, and card 9 is titled the Shaman! I looked in the LWB and discovered that, yes, this is intentional. The Hermit/Hierophant is associated with study and antisocial behaviour, the Shaman/Hermit with soul journey's. Strangely, I hadn't noticed that going through the deck when I first got it, and I'm not sure how I feel about it. It is perhaps a little confusing...