Monday, October 20, 2014

Divine Love, the High Priest of the deck - Major Arcana V

Divine Love the High Priest

Traditionally known as The Hierophant or the
High Priest in the Tarot deck.

'Divine Love is the High Priest in the Temple;
the Path is in yourself'

In the Mysteries of Mary 
the innocent self, the Child self, undertakes the
journey of the soul on the path of divine love.

In this altar we see the Infant King of Love
in the role of the High Priest, standing between
two pillars, a nimbus of blue light radiating from
his head; dressed in ceremonial dress
and showing the gesture of blessing.

This is where the inner child or the innocent self leaves the security
of the known mother and father behind and enters
the wider world.  Here the seeker is exposed
to the beliefs and traditions of his and her culture.
It is at this stage of one's journey that one
is confronted with other's belief systems and maybe
also a reality that does not match your own
understanding of it.  This means that you will
have a choice.  You can either shut down and
keep with those who agree with you or you
can open up to an adventure beyond
your imagination.

So you can see that this card shows that you
are entering an initiation.

The High Priest is  traditionally a religious figure.  

One who interprets arcane knowledge and mysteries.
This card depicts an initiation into the deeper Mysteries
of the incarnated self.  Life and its High Priest, Divine Love,
is initiating you into another stage of self-understanding
and self-knowledge. The outer world is but a reflection
of the inner world.  In the soul's journey you will meet
many masters of different skills and different areas
of life. The pressure to be accepted for one's views
and values, can be very seductive and it may seem easier
at times to give up the Inner Voice of the Master Within.

The world may ask of you to
conform to traditional beliefs or to betray your own heart.
But not to fear - all experience serves as compost
for the sacred rose garden within.  All sacrifices
made will lead to the Rose. (more about this idea
later in the deck)
We often have to leave something in order to
know and understand whether it is important
to us or not.

The Master of the self lives in the Temple of Love -
the inner sanctum where Love reigns.
Yours is a royal heart that is sanctuary to a King
and Queen.
Your heart's voice is the High Priest of the Divine King
and Queen of Love.

Divine Love, or Love, with a capital L, is not the
same as our limited experience and expression
of love.  We know love in binding relationships;
we know it in romantic love, filial love and sentiment.
All of these can be wondrous and disastrous
and even at the same time.  But these are not
Divine Love.  The Love of the Divine, the Love that
God has for Her creations, cannot be described or
limited.  Our human mind and nature cannot
fathom such unconditionality.

It is not always easy to see the hand of
Divine Love in one's life as a blessing.
At times the High Priest ushers in great
suffering or many challenges.
Then we are tempted to call these 'curses' or
punishments or the withdrawal of Love.

Wisdom is a skill.  It is embodied living
of these philosophical ideas.  In the beginning
stages of our journey we have to focus on acquiring
many skills;  we have to concentrate on learning
faith and we have to teach the doubting mind
that it can trust the Master or Mistress' Voice

The High Priest of Divine Love is dependent on
the High Priestess, the second card in the
Major Arcana in the Tarot tradition.
She symbolises the One who lives in the
inner sanctum.  She is often depicted with the two
pillars from Solomon's Temple, the one black
and the other white : masculine and feminine.
It also displays our mind's perception and
understanding of duality and how we tend to
see things in black and white.
She is our Intuition and her voice whispers
through the actions of Divine Love.
In the beginning we train our minds to
consider and accept that Divine Love is veiled
by our own perceptions and belief systems.
That all actions in our lives, joyful or painful,
are ushered in by the High Priest of Life, Divine Love.

Listen to the Voice within.
You may be called upon to let go of rigid and inflexible
attitudes.  You may be asked to make a 360 degree
turn in your path. 

You are the Temple of Divine Love and ultimately,
at journey's end you will become the Temple of Wisdom.

A shift in attitude is the practical action
embodying Wisdom.
Instead of fear, practice Acceptance;
replace the word sacrifice with detachment
and a new gateway opens.
Instead of what you call love,
practice Peace and see which world
you enter.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Tarot Deck of the Mysteries of Mary - I The Magician

I The Magician - Sacred Heart of Jesus

I The Magician - Sacred Heart of Jesus

My yoke is easy and my burden is light -
                                                      Matthew xi, 30

The Magician is the first card of the Major Arcana,
after the Zero which can either come before the
I or after the last card.

Many tarot readers and interpreters of these
mysterious cards, link the 22 major arcana
cards to the letters in the Kaballah - mainly
because the two numbers correspond.
In the Tarot decks that do use this correspondence,
this card is Aleph and thus invokes the
Biblical statement I Am the Alpha and the Omega.

In the Rider-White tarot deck
the Magician has the leminiscate above his head
and his tools on the table in front of him.
Here Jesus has the leminiscate in his 
wondrous halo, adorned with roses.
Roses symbolise divine love and perfection.
The five petalled rose symbolise the perfect
human being, or the Self or Divine Soul.
The Rose is also the symbol of the flowering gift
which the self receives upon a sacrifice.
Through the cross to the Rose.

The Sacred Heart is the fifth mystical wound of
the Christ.  I will explain more on this later in the deck.

The Magician is the first arcanum and therefore a very
important one.  If one does not understand nor grasp
this arcanum, you will not know what to do with
the rest that follows.

Here the Magician has the rose, the chalice,
the sword and the holy medal, representing
the traditional pentacle.  These four represent
the four suits of the elements, water, air,
fire and earth.
These four elements are also present in ourselves
in the physical, and as importantly, in the
emotional, mental and spiritual aspects of ourselves.

The miniature scapular of the Carmelites adorn
the one side of this altar card.  This symbolises
that it is necessary to don the garb of the Magician,
to embody the principles and practises of
The Magician, the magi, in order to become
that which you seek.

The Magician represent the archetype of the
Visionary :  the one who through one-pointed focus
can manifest ideals and dreams into the physical
world and make it a reality.
A necessity for a Visionary and for real success
in the material and spiritual world, is the ability
to focus and concentrate the mind.
Both St John of the Cross and St Teresa of Avila
emphasises the need for concentration
for spiritual prayer.  They state that the
power of concentration comes as a result of
moral purification.  The silenced will, the one that
has been brought into alignment with the Higher Will.
can silence the mind's thoughts and desires
in one-pointed concentration.

Here the vision of the Magician is firmly centred
on the Sacred Heart as the cave of
love of the Christ.
The anatomical drawings of the physical heart
in the background, focuses our vision and
understanding on the fact that the human
heart is the seat of Vision as well as the Christ within.
When you see with the Heart instead of with the
physical eyes, you are privy to the world
of the artist and creator.

The Divine Creator creates with unconditional
love and compassion and it is the journey of the
self to clear the mind and overcome its
conditioning of negative beliefs and fears
until it can see in the mirror clearly.

The Magician is the one that can see into
the unconscious mysteries and bring these back
for others to become aware of.

If you are looking for gnosis, for spiritual growth, for inner
peace, for enlightenment, whichever it is, it is necessary
to become the Magician as your first step.
The Magician is the first and the last step in the circular
journey of the Seeker.  The Magician has the power
to access the divine realms and to manifest in the
physical.  The Magician has the power to work miracles.

In the same way, in the story of Jesus, we are told
that He was a magician.  He transformed the consciousness
of mankind and he worked miracles.
The Christ is present in every human being.  The Christ
is the greatest Love principle and has the power to
work miracles and to liberate minds!

next ......... III The Empress : Notre Dame sur le Terre