Flower essences used: sesbania and rhododendron Key words: inner teacher, intuition, inner voice, sacred knowledge, to show or make known
When the hierophant comes to us, there are several messages he/she has for us. It marks the time of opening to the inner voice, or inner hearing. The voice of the inner teacher is awakening. What a special and divine moment it is! We all have the voice and it is within our reach. It is this voice that can guide us through our lives, but it will require preparation. Whatever approach you take makes no difference as they are all just as valid and valuable. While the most valuable teacher is the one within, it may be that we feel called to search for an outer teacher and this card could signal the start of some kind of formal study. Regardless of the kind of teacher, it is esoteric knowledge that is being transmitted as you are initiated into a spiritual practice. My favorite quote of this card is that “what you see is not all there is”.
On another level the Hierophant represents the initiator. As an archetype, we are being initiated through the tests and challenges of life, and so it is our life that becomes our teacher. It is important to remember that these tests are there to help us grow spiritually and expand our awareness. They are here happening for you as opposed to happening to you. In this way, we are being blessed by challenges. In order to grow and become more of who we are, sometimes life will seem painful and the experiences we have may appear unbearable. It is this contraction or trial that will push us further to the other side of ourselves into a deep, renewed and more authentic way of being. This is the initiation of life, it is the initiation of expansion, joy, sorrow and above all growth. Rhododendron for a renewed sense of presence. Helps us to feel deep contentment and to honor exactly where we are in our life's journey. Deep acceptance and divine love for self. Pacifies anger and feeling of victimhood. This is a heart opener as it helps us open to a true appreciation and love for life. Sesbania punicia for helping us to step fully into our power. This flower is incredibly powerful and helps one to realize their strength and courage. I like to think of this as the bull energy; powerful, strong and unwavering.
ABOUT THE CARDS
Each of these paintings is part of a series of 78 botanical tarot cards. The cards symbolize different archetypal experiences we go through in our lives that help initiate us into our wholeness, our healing. The cards act as a bridge to our subconscious. They become a mirror for us that reflects back the symbols and messages that want to reach us from the spirit realm. The images that one sees will vary and change with each viewer. It's helpful to stay open to the message that is being sent as you gaze into it, they are very powerfully healing and come essentially from your own ancient and timeless self.
This deck focuses on the energetic healing properties of botanicals, more specifically, flower essences. They are plant spirits that work upon our energetic body to help restore balance and health, easing us out of old, negative and habitual mental patterns. Each flower offers a specific medicine and can help support us as we pass through these archetypal experiences of life. Plants deeply want to help us and can support us in seeing our true nature. The healing power behind this deck comes from them and their choice to inhabit these paintings as a frequency and flow freely out to all who need it. They are asking us to connect with them as our ancestors have. It is my creative intention with this deck that we all connect to and align with our ultimate Nature that desires to care for eachother, for the plants, the planet and ourselves. May we all open to the magic found in Nature. May we all see our Divinity within the flower!