The Sun in Taurus – what does our Hierophant say?

After the fiery start into the astrological new year with Aries and the corresponding Emperor in our tarot cards, we are now under the influence of Taurus and the Hierophant in the tarot.
Taurus is about enjoying life in a sensual and earthy manner, building stability and being reliable. The Hierophant links this to the all-important activities of teaching and learning.

This is what I wrote about our Starlight Dragon card in “Travelling with Starlight Dragons”:

As we enter the temple, the Hierophant, a tall elephantine dragon, is seated under a stained glass window of a white rose. He is holding an enormous key. The pearl of wisdom shines from his third eye.

Welcome to the temple of teaching and learning, welcome to me, its warden, the dragon says in a voice, reverberating like a deep gong within us.

Here is the manifest home of the knowledge and wisdom dragons have imparted to human beings from time immemorial. You have met already the Magician and the High Priestess. Together we are your wise dragon-teachers appearing in the first third of your Fool‘s – journey, while you grow up and learn. Each of us is teaching you in a different way, as you very well recognised already with the Magician and the Priestess.

I am the transmitter and translator of hidden knowledge into openly available teachings. I am the keeper of the traditions and their inner sense. I open the doors to those willing and ready to put themselves to learning, and I guide them along to the treasures, which I guard under my key.
I am the one teaching and counselling Emperors and other seekers alike in all kinds of practical applications of high teachings. I also hold the invisible key to greater mysteries – the path of the rose and the thorn. This path has to be walked with a pure heart and pure intent – hence the rose is white.

Apart from the Five, the number of spiritual endeavour beyond the four earthly elements, you see the Two and the Three making it up. The Two, the number of polarity is expressed in the colours red and blue in the stained glass window. and in the small red rose mirroring the white one, on the bottom of my treasure chest – the rose of love, of passionate dedication to knowledge. The Three is also in the win- dow as well in the bit of the key. This refers to the tripartite world in the oldest cosmologies of the world and the many triplicities in belief systems and symbols. Outside, three steps are visible from each of the two sets of stairs up to the temple, guarded by two dragons.

He comes closer to us.

You see, my dragon form visible to you has features of an elephant. The elephant has esoteric similarities with the bull – and Taurus is my sign: the wisdom and responsibility for the herd, those who are ent- rusted to me. I have a very long memory. I also share properties with the Hindu elephant god Ganesha – a deity of learning and wisdom as well as success.

There is an even deeper lesson in this connection – the one of sacrifice, which we touched upon, when I pointed you to the red rose. One of the legends about Ganesha shows us the importance of being devo- ted to knowledge and learning up to the point, where we are ready and willing to sacrifice our comforts: As Brahma‘s scribe, Ganesha one day missed his pen, when Brahma began to dictate a part of the Mahabharata. To be able to write, Ganesha removed one of his tusks and used it as a pen. This is why he is often depicted with a broken tusk.

We look into his friendly encouraging eyes and feel drawn to him. We intuit his silent plea, that we be open and dedicated to his teaching. But do dragons really care so much? … And then our time today with the Hierophant is over. We know we have to come back here often.

You may also be interested in a video about this card, Nora Huszka and I did a year ago on YouTube.

The Hierophant

Recently we started focussing on the Hierophant and what he has to say to us. We chose him has a emblem for our TarotCon. This coincides not just with the ‘season’ of the zodiacal sign of Taurus, to which the Hierophant corresponds, but also with the launch of a Kickstarter campaign for a thrilling new tarot-project – the Tarot Wayfarer (starting May 1st). On the “journey towards the journey’ up till now and on to May 1st, various hints have been dropped on “the Rose Key – Mystery” and our Hierophant card is part of it! See Dragons in the Starlight for intriguing hints.

Meanwhile, Nora and I revealed some of the mysteries encapsulated in our card in a video in or series Tarot Talks with the Starlight Dragons.

Happy Spring Equinox!

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With the ingress of the Sun into Aries, spring begins. We wish all our readers and supporters adventurous and beneficial new beginnings.

The card for this day is our Emperor:

 

The Emperor inspires our new beginnings with his fiery nature and his directed will, inclding the will to take responsibility for our domain. If you start to consider your domain you will be surprised how much belongs to it.

Our card design reminds us of Asian rulers, many of whom consider themselvs descendants from dragons. Our dragon carries an ornate building on its head. Rulers have often being associated with building and buildings have been erected by rulers to in the memories of people. In Egypt, the very title Pharao derives from the word “Great House” – and this related to building on the mundane level as much as on the spiritual.

Our Cards at the New Moon in Aquarius

Today we celebrate the first New Moon of the Year – in Aquarius with the Sun also in Aquarius.
So, in our Starlight Dragon deck, the Dragon of Hidden Knowledge (II) brings us her message of Draco, the Star (XVII):
“In my dark depth of mysteries the lights from the sky serpent are mirrored, from high up in the North and never setting. Its message is hope, the energy and confidence of never giving up. And this is a signpost for this year, just begun and so far still very much an after effect of the old year: with the renewal of the lights – the moon waxing and days getting longer, the first whiff of spring in the air – our powers to create, to work magick, to assert the light in our lives are reenforced. Let’s take up this message and live it in all its fullness.”

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The Star (XVII) relates to Aquarius

As the Sun has moved into Aquarius this week, we share our Star card and some of the text from my forthcoming book “Traveling with the Starlight Dragons”. Even though we chose Draco for our card, we maintain also the association with Aquarius and its meaning of renewal,new visions and hope. We see this also in Draco – on an even higher plane:

XVII The Star – The constellation Draco.

The huge sky serpent beckons us to raise and widen our eyes to take in its vastness in our Northern sky. Slowly, the enormous dragon head with its huge eyes locks into our mind and we begin to rise, higher and higher, until we dance with the wide writhing band of this dragon made up of stars and starlight. We experience on some inexplicable level the circumpolar movement of these never-setting stars and we understand why they stand for the immortality of spirit in many cultures. In places as far flung in place, culture and time as the Angkor temples in Cambodia and stone placements in Overlook Mountain in Woodstock/New York Draco has been copied in celebration down here on our earth. One of the socalled air shafts of the Great Pyramid at Gizeh (among others) has been aligned to the star Thuban (Alpha Draconis) when it was the Pole Star.

 

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Archetypal Dragons: The Lovers (VI)

lovers_envOn this Sunday we are concluding our first series “Archetypal Dragons ” with the Dragons of Polarity, the Lovers. Our image is inspired by patterns of Persian classical carpets and mosaics.

We are reminded that the decision-making often indicated by this card is often a complex process of discerning what really is play and how we have to weigh two sides of the coin or ‘our two minds’ symbolised by zodiac sign Gemini to which card refers.

The famous twins Castor and Pollux from ancient Greek and Roman myth, immortalised as the stars Alpha and Beta Geminorum in the constellation Gemini show the dual character of the Twins and hence the Lovers: they are inseparable as twins and polarised with Pollux being immortal and Castor being mortal. At Castor’s death, Zeus allowed them at Pollux’s request to live together alternating between Olympus, the abode of the immortal gods and Hades, the underworld of the dead. One of their symbols was a pair of snakes.

Archetypal Dragons: The Chariot (VII)

chariot_envAs the penultimate card in this week’s series, we send you the Dragon of Decisive Momentum – The Chariot.

Our image is inspired by a “snake-witch” rune stone from Gotland in the Viking era.

We also had in mind the story of Hyrrokkin, a giantess called in by the Aesir for her immense physical power needed to put the dead Baldr in his ship out to sea. Hyrrokkin had two snakes for reins while riding on an enormous wolf.

 

 

Archetypal Dragons: The Star (XVII)

star-envOn this cosmic day and full-moon night we gaze into the sky. We chose for our archetypal dragon the Star, the constellation Draco – a huge circumpolar constellation winding across the Northern sky. Circumpolar means, it is never setting.

In the pyramid age some 4-5.000 years ago, its main star, Alpha Draconis or Thuban in the tail of the dragon, was the Pole Star of the Earth and one of the two shafts of the Great Pyramid in Gizeh pointing to the sky was oriented towards it. Present Day Polaris, the Alpha Star in the Little Dipper,  is not considered as part of Draco by modern astronomers, yet in antiquity the Little Dipper was seen as the wing of Draco.

The constellation revolves around itself and our whole zodiac seems to hang from Draco as its “King”, in the words of the Kabbalistic Sepher Yetzirah. There are many legends and mythic references to Draco linking it, for example, to Ladon, the hundred eyed dragon, guarding the golden apples of the Hesperides for Hera  or, much older still, to TIamat, the great creator-chaos dragon of Mesopotamia.

Archeypal Dragons: The Sun (XIX)

The SunOur Sun-Dragon unites many different ideas and concepts.

Prominent is the very ancient symbol of the winged sun-disk, an emblem of divinity, royalty and power in Egypt and the Near East (Meopotamia, Persia).

In her face you can detect features of the lionine Egyptian sun-goddess Sekhmet, whose very name is derives from the root word for power. Sekhmet was the deity of war, courage and healing. One of her symbols was the Ureaeus-snake, the protecting serpent-power in the crown of the Pharaos.

We also see in our image the phases of sun throughout day and even night, sun-rise and sun-set in her two wings, East and West, the sun at its zenith in her crown, finally, the black ‘midnight’ sun, where the mysterious rebirth processes are taking place in the scarab under her face.

 

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