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Mystic Monkey – HALLOWEEN EDITION: The Hierophant

Oh, my goodness. I just love this Halloween-ified version of The Hierophant:

Once again, I’ve used Duck Soup Production’s Trick or Tarot deck for this seasonal edition of my one-card-draw tarot journal. Here we see a wizened witch guiding two trick-or-treaters with promises of tricks and treats indeed. She dangles a skeleton key before them like the proverbial carrot, motivating them toward what knowledge and opportunities such a key could unlock.

The traditional Rider-Waite-Smith Hierophant isn’t too different, with an ecclesiastical-looking man bestowing blessings upon the two followers at his feet (between which are also keys to higher/spiritual understanding). This card tends to trip up folks–I mean, WTF is a hierophant, amiright? Essentially, we have a high priest here who can interpret esoteric knowledge for us schmucks. A middleman between us and God, a teacher who can unlock truths that are otherwise beyond us, putting them in terms we can understand. This card can pop up when we need to seek someone else for their insights and expertise in a situation–a religious leader, sure, but also a mentor or therapist or the like. It can but doesn’t necessarily have to pertain to religion. The Hierophant can generally represent group membership and conventional wisdom. But depending on how this comes up in a tarot reading, it could be a call to conform to prescribed expectations or to rebel against such authority, bust out of the traditional structures that bind us (patriarchy, anyone?).

Okay, so this one’s for the Buffy buffs (looking at you, Josie): If you at all struggle with this card, I came across a brilliant way to conceptualize it in Mary Caelsto’s The Fool’s Journey through Sunnydale, in which the Hierophant is, in essence, the Watchers Council:

The Watchers Council is a somewhat secretive organization dedicated to training the Slayers and preserving the traditions of Watchers and their Slayers. They are the descendants of the Shadow Men who created the first Slayer. Many of them have magical training and are taught in demonology and other esoteric subjects. […]

It is said that the Hierophant helps us to unlock the door to truth and see the meaning in life. He helps us get closer to our divine purpose. The Watchers Council, no matter what you may think of their methods, strives to unlock the truth for the Slayer and show her that her purpose in life is to kill vampires. […]

However, the Hierophant reminds us that we do answer to a higher power, and here is where the Watchers Council fails. They turn to the reversed side of the card, because […] they believe that they are the higher power. Whatever individual spirituality may be embraced by each individual Watcher is of no consequence, because the organization as a whole believes it is above the law, both human and spiritual.

In that case, rather than serve as a conduit for higher consciousness that would encourage one’s pursuit of personal truth, the Hierophant might dictate a dogma that restricts individual freedom.

Which is why I kinda love the witch in this Trick or Tarot deck. She embodies ancient wisdom and ritual, but in a less mainstream and more matriarchal way. There’s a mysticism to her that infuses this card with the essence of the High Priestess (#2 in the tarot’s Major Arcana), pulling in the more positive aspect of attuning with our higher selves with the aid of a guide. She’s the ghoulish guru who’ll help us unlock our own magical powers. Her mischievous smirk and sidelong gaze also imply she’s a bit of a trickster, who may use her secret knowledge in unorthodox ways. So, we might want to inspect the wrappers before swallowing her treats whole–or even go it alone rather join her coven. Then again, she might show us cunningly cool ways to challenge the status quo ourselves. Put that in your cauldron and boil it!

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Crystal pairing: lapis lazuli for higher wisdom and learning.

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Mystic Monkey: The Empress

Pardon the gap in posts. Sometimes life just gets away with ya, but here to compensate with a powerful energy is the third tarot card I’ve drawn so far from the Major Arcana: The Empress.

This lady is one big loving Earth mama, generous in her curves as the fertile being she is. Her nurturing isn’t only maternal in the literal sense; she’s also about sowing one’s talents and reaping the rewards, enjoying the sumptuous, sensuous pleasures of life, her celestial crown showing the power and inspiration she channels from the divine in addition to worldly abundance. She is regal, yet she is chill, comfy in her loose draping gown as she reclines on her velvety-looking cushions (their crimson color evoking the root and sacral chakras, respectively grounding and sensual energies). Embodying compassion, creativity, nature, and sensuality, she’s an absolute goddess. She encourages us to birth new life or ideas out into the world, to revel in the bounty of our natural environment–and to provide others with a loving, peaceful, and supportive environment cultivated through feminine wisdom and care. This is just a lush, beautiful card, and I always feel blessed by a visit from the Empress. (I think Miss Monkey fancies her flowy gown for today’s photo shoot, too.)

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Crystal pairing: chrysocolla + chrysoprase for feminine energy and fertility


Mystic Monkey: The Star

It’s here! It’s here! 🌟 💫 ⭐️

And now I must play this!

I cannot get this song out of my head when I see this card. Not that its lyrics are relevant, but just the happy sound of it is how The Star in tarot makes me feel, too. Just like, ahhh, I’ve been through hell but now raise my arms and face to the heavens and let the stars sprinkle down and cleanse me. Like I can just splash some cool water on my face and lie back to stare at the night sky. Relax into the serene beauty of it as I take a breather and heal my wounds, tend to some self-care and believe in myself again as I refill my cup and quench my spiritual thirst. Dream again, hope again.

Before this card appears in the tarot’s Major Arcana, the events reflected in the Death, Devil, and Tower cards can royally grind our arses into the ground. All might seem lost afterward as we find ourselves on new terrain, but the Star softly illuminates our way, so we can wish upon it for guidance to something better and more meaningful. We might only bask in dim, distant light at this point, but the future is brighter already. Trust that all is well. We’re reborn into a new land that we can make fertile with renewed optimism and faith; we nourish it in nourishing ourselves and others. So, chin up, li’l buckeroo. Shoot for the stars.

I also drew an oracle card again today, this time from the Lunar Nomad Oracle, and got “The Fish.” I’ve only just started dipping my toe into Lenormand waters, but according to the Lunar Nomad guidebook:

The Fish encourage you to live in flowing water. Water holds psychic vibrations and life-sustaining nutrients. Water nourishes us from the inside out. […] Like groundwater, your vibration moves under the surface of your life, invisible to the naked eye yet essential. […] Love, positivity, generosity, and gratitude raise your vibration. Honor these feelings, seek them out in your experience, and you will attract even more of the same. When you exude these vibrations, blessings cannot help but find you!

Now I see these fish swimming in the waters of the Star card as I revitalize from within to eventually (hopefully!) manifest without. 🐠🌟 🐟

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My chosen crystal pairing: a big ol’ hunk of rose quartz, as the quintessential “bubble bath for the emotions.” (Might I recommend popping this crystal into an actual bath for some good vibrations? Try it. You’ll see. 😊)


Mystic Monkey: The Lovers

Hello, hello! Yep, it’s me again, comin’ atcha’ with more frequency than you’d probably prefer! 🐵 I’ll try to make it quick.

Today’s tarot card-o-the-day is The Lovers…💞

Here, I see two lovahs baring their best assets. Behind them are the biblical serpent and burning tree, but their attention is drawn to each other and the angel on high. This is a fiery angel, with red wings and flaming hair–passionate yet benevolent. And up above radiates a brilliant sun, beaming light and enlightenment. Above and below align earthly desires with higher values. This could be a romantic card, but in the absence of any water (emotional) element, it also celebrates balance and harmony. A union of people or ideas that can prove fruitful and meaningful, blessed from above. I see the hill in the distance as a volcano that is dormant for now, so though there have been–and inevitably will be–trials and tribulations between this pair, for now they’re at peace. Exposed but not vulnerable. Soft but also strong and trusting. The earth and fire elements visible in this image also reinforce a sense of neutrality, though the air element present in the cloud can either fan the fire or erode the earth–again showing a need to balance constructive and destructive energies within a grounded partnership. I’m not super well-versed in numerology, but I believe 6 is also a number of cooperation and harmony. These lovebirds are still at the beginning of their journey, though, so this signals creation more than culmination of anything. Choices yet to be made.

As for how that might apply to me today? Welp, so far husband-n-me have been enjoying a lazy Sunday. Together, but also pursuing our own personal passions and supporting each other’s right to do so. I feel pretty aligned with him and within myself, but it’s still early in the day, so time will tell how long things remain harmonious in our little urban Eden. 😄

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My chosen crystal pairing: rose quartz + garnet for looove and grounding.


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