Per Bastemhet

Nefertari Tarot: The Hierophant (5)

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Visual Card Description:  Osiris/Ausir is seated facing to the right on his throne.  He holds the crook, the flail*, and the was scepter.*    He is flanked by two columns with blue lotuses capping them, and there are three lotuses being held to his nose.*  There is a worshipper kneeling at his feet.  Above Osiris’/Ausir’s head are decorations including uraei with sun disks above their head.*

Free Association:  Regeneration, Peace After Conflict, Enduring Vitality, Rest, Guide, Healing, Being Justified

Rider-Waite/Traditional AssociationsThe Hierophant is very much about “doing the right thing.” You may be struggling with an issue and are unsure about what is “right” for you to do. Know that the answers are within you. Remember that the “right” thing is what is right for you also.

This is also a card that is very much about spirituality – everything from traditional religion to earth-centered spirituality and any other spiritual notion that you can conceive of. There may be a tension between your idea of spirituality and the “right thing” and the ideas of others around you. Stand up for your own beliefs. The “rules” and the “system” of doing things are probably playing a major role now. Rituals of any sort will be helpful to you now, even if it’s just “a movie with friends every third Saturday.”

Meaning from the lwb (little white book that came with this deck):  Modesty, patience, pity, clemency.  Relief from pain, spiritual guide, the wiseman to go to, the priest, the medical doctor, the lawyer.  He is here represented by Osiris, the god who stands at the head of the egyptian Pantheon, the one who brought religion to humanity.

My interpretation:  If you’ve arrived at the foot of Osiris/Ausir, this means that your soul/ba has already undergone the trials of justification- that is, you have fought against the monsters of the Duat and have travelled in perilous conditions.  Those shining souls who are fortunate enough to worship and rest at his feet are the justified ones; they are pure.  Osiris/Ausir welcomes those who have fought with moral integrity to become pure such as he.  Though we pass through events that can feel like death itself, we can be sure that our righteousness (doing of Ma’at) will save us.  And that is what we must keep in mind; all events, whether under our control or not, can change our aspects, but our inner self can only be tempered by the fire, not consumed by it.  We leave the consuming to Ammit, the deity that eats the souls of those whose hearts have more bad than good in them, and thus weigh more than Ma’at’s feather.

Written by Bastemhet

May 9, 2013 at 8:56 pm

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