With the Passing of Time

The Tarot Story (hierophant essay)

Posted on: May 18, 2008

The best thing I can think of to post here is the Tarot story that I found at the first link.

The Hierophant Basic Tarot Story (from Aeclectic Tarot)

Having created a solid foundation on which to build his future, the Fool is struck with a sudden fear. What if everything he’s worked for is taken away? Is stolen, or lost, or destroyed or vanishes? Or what if it is just not good enough? In a panic, he heads into a holy place where he finds the Hierophant, a wise teacher and holy man. Acolytes kneel before the man, ready to hear and pass on his teachings. The Fool tells the Hierophant his fears, and asks how he can be free of them.

“There are only two ways,” says the Hierophant sagely, “Either give up that which you fear to lose so it no longer holds any power over you, or consider what you will still have if your fear comes to pass. After all,” the Hierophant continues, “if you did lose all you’d built, you would still keep the experience and knowledge that you’ve gained up to this point, wouldn’t you?”

This surprisingly pragmatic advice releases the Fool from his fear, and he is able exit out of the sanctuary and face the world’s challenges once again.

“Either give up that which you fear to lose so it no longer holds any power over you, or consider what you will still have if your fear comes to pass.”

Advice I need to find a way to heed.

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