Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Holy Cow/Elephant/Parrot!

Another bizarre-yet-interesting combination in today's card from the Jolanda Tarot (AGMüller, 2008).

Here we see the Hierophant, holding just a single key in one hand (see a recent post by James Ricklef on the possible meanings of the two traditional keys).  The Hierophant's robe is blue and decorated with pink elephants, and he wears a bindhi spot on his forehead, and a mulit-tiered crown.  In front of him is a cow or bull, with a woman somehow attached to its side, her hair fanning out around its flanks, and a sword covering her groin and pointing up her chest towards her throat.  In front of that is a parrot that has a cheeky look in it's eye, a green chest (the colour of the heart chakra) and purple wings (the colour of wisdom).  Above the Hierophant, holding ribbons that seem to attach to his crown, are two little windged creatures.  One has a tail, horns and cloven hooves, while the other looks a little more leonine, with paws and semi-circular ears at the top of its head, as well as a tail.  

Altogether, this card shows a weird mix of angel and devil, traditional and alternative, holy and just plain strange.  In all of that, what stands out is that it is a card of spiritual traditions and understanding, and the authority to express those.

Perhaps not spiritual traditions, but certainly authority is something it seems I'll have to deal with again today.  We couldn't get an appointment with the GP for Big Boy yesterday, and then he developed a temperature - another bug, I guess.  So, we'll definitely see the doctor today.  And yet, in a strange way, I also see myself and my Dear One in this Hierophant.  Despite their medical degrees, it is the parents who are the ultimate authority on the health of their child, who make the decisions, and who best know what their child's symptoms and mannerisms mean.

I am grateful for the confidence to fight for what I believe my son needs.

4 comments:

  1. Sending you swift solutions. I am sorry about the health stresses.

    Hugs,
    MM

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    1. Thanks, MM! I know you're no stranger to health stresses, either. Wishing you much goodness!
      Hugs,
      Chloë

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  2. You're right about parents being the ultimate authority. Nobody knows your child like you do. I hope he recovers quickly from this but.

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    1. Thanks a lot, Siddaleah :) He got over that bug remarkably quickly, but the underlying issues are still there... Ah well.
      Cx

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