A Tarot Threesome: The Empress, The Emperor and The Hierophant

I like to contemplate Tarot cards in groups as well as on their own. The meaning of a card can become clearer when you see what lies either side of it in the deck. Especially with the Life Lesson (Major Arcana) cards which as I have said refer to the significant experiences we have as human beings. Let’s look at an example shall we?

Here we have: The Empress. The Emperor. The Hierophant.

Which on one level represent: Your mum. Your dad. Your teachers.

On another: Play. Discipline. Forming ideas.

These life experiences roughly initiate at: Age 0-2. Age 2-5. Age 5+.

In other words these cards represent you as: A baby. A preschooler. In primary school (as we call the first formal level of learning in Australia).

By lining up The Empress, The Emperor and The Hierophant side by side you can see that they represent the natural sequence of events in early childhood development. This trick helps me understand the cards better. Does it help you?

P.S. I suspect my posts are getting shorter as the school term drags on. That’s cause teaching sucks the life force out of me. There ain’t much left in the tank at the end of the day after I’ve completed all my must-dos (which tonight included a load of washing, dishes, two car trips for the wee ones not to mention shopping and dinner.) But I hope you still find what I have to say interesting and helpful (and that I’m still making sense). That’s my aim. And if there’s anything in particular you’d like me to chat about wrt Tarot cards please let me know. Cheers!

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