Life Lessons from the Major Arcana: #5
This post is for you if you…
- have never questioned your beliefs
- want to find your own path in life
- welcome a shift in perspective
The Purpose of My Post
I want to change the world, create a shift in perspective and raise the collective consciousness. It is my utmost belief that every one of us has a gift to share with the world but we make it too hard and give up before we start. I want to help you overcome the hurdles in front of you so you can bring your gift to the world that so desperately needs it.
The Fool’s Journey
Who is the Fool?
Fearless and enthusiastic, the Fool is the faith-filled wild spirit in the tarot who excitedly embarks on adventures she is being called to by her soul. She has complete trust in the Universe and can be viewed as an innocent who is open to all she encounters.
How Does She Relate to You?
The Fool represents each of us on our hero’s journey to know ourselves and live our purpose. Every Major Arcana card in tarot represents its own lesson, so as the Fool visits each one she gains insight and guidance that keeps her on her path.
Stages of the Fool’s Journey
Who is The Hierophant?
When I first came across the Hierophant in the Rider-Waite deck, I had an immediate aversion to the energy I felt when looking at the featured figure. Buttoned up and stoic, he reminded me of the religion I grew up in – unforgiving, judgemental and rule-based. Upon discovering that the Hierophant was also my birth card, I thought the universe was playing a joke on me.
It wasn’t until this week that I had an epiphany about the Hierophant that came with drawing him on a daily pull. This time, however, I used The Light Seer’s Tarot by Chris-Anne, and the vibe was completely different. As I gazed at the happy man sitting cross-legged on the ground, I couldn’t quite match him up with the other version I was so familiar with. Where was the demand for conformity and condemnation? I couldn’t find it anywhere and my attention was perpetually drawn to the stairs behind him.
After staring at this new Hierophant for five minutes, I came to the conclusion that I had to throw out all of what I learned about what this card represented. Obviously I could see that there was something new for me here but the only way to access it was to start fresh. I felt connected to his open face tilted towards the sky and his easy posture. He felt like someone I could confide in and trust implicitly. When he did reveal his message to me, it wasn’t that much different than the Rider-Waite one but this time, it really resonated.
The Hierophant’s Lesson
A lot of us go about our everyday lives and don’t give a second thought to why we do the things we do. Ask someone why they act in a certain way and you most likely will receive a response like “it’s the way I’ve always done it”. This philosophy works until it doesn’t. Usually when people start questioning who they are and what is their purpose in life, they shine a light into the dark corners of themselves they have never seen. After clearing away the dusty cobwebs, they see clearly for the first time that they have lived their entire lives until this point based on the expectations and beliefs of others.
This is something that shouldn’t shock you, if you think about it. A lot of us operate on the beliefs of our parents, friends, teachers, and those we surround ourselves with. We choose the same religion, the same occupation, the same political party all without questioning why. The good thing is eventually something happens (or we hit our midlife crisis) and we are pushed into examining our lives.
Main Lesson: Find your own unique spiritual truth
Why is This Important?
Before we get into the why, I want to define what a belief is and how it differs from core values.
Beliefs = assumptions you make about the world and hold to be true (could or could not be based on fact)
Values = universal concepts that influence your actions and decisions (justice, equality, freedom, etc)
We form our beliefs first, then choose our values. So now that you know exactly where I am coming from, let’s move on to the importance of deciding your own beliefs versus adopting those of others.
When you operate on someone else’s belief system, you don’t know who you are.
If you don’t know who you are, you will never know what you stand for. Not knowing what you stand for means you cannot fulfill your purpose in this lifetime because you have no direction. It is so important to not only find your own path but create the beliefs necessary to help you stay on it.
You push away opportunities meant for you that could change your life.
Opportunities are everywhere. The key is to know which ones are right for you and jump on them. You will never know the chances you have been given if you don’t first understand and operate on your own beliefs. By sticking with out-dated beliefs or the truths of others, you are seriously hindering your own personal growth.
Challenging your current beliefs challenges your mindset.
We all know someone who gets very defensive if you question why they think the way they do.
It doesn’t matter how you ask the question, they are always going to hear you attacking them. Closing off your mind in this manner never invites in the opportunity for a change in perspective which can lead to a major paradigm shift.
Examining your truth shines the light on your insecurities.
A lot of times we don’t want to rock the boat with ourselves or others around us by digging deep into our belief system. We are afraid of the work that comes with it so we stick our head in the sand. The problem with this is we never allow ourselves the chance to uncover and work on our insecurities and the fears that keep us playing small in life.
Knowing without hesitation your unique truth gives you your why.
I say unique because if you discover your belief system, you will be hard pressed to find someone who believes the same way you do. Which is what we want, in life right?! For every single one of us to come here and live aligned with our soul truth. As I said before, knowing what you stand for gives you the reason you do what you do when things get hard.
How to Find Your Unique Truth
Spend some time observing yourself. What are your current beliefs? Why do you do the things you do? Have you always done it that way? Who did this belief come from?
Examine Rigid and Inflexible Thinking
If you find yourself getting defensive, treat it as a red flag and look closer. Why are you digging your heels in? What feelings are coming up? How can you look at it from a different point of view?
Visualize Yourself 5 Years from Now
Take a moment to shut your eyes and dream. Do not place any parameters on your dream – forget about your current situation, finances, responsibilities, etc. Simply tune into your intuition. Where do you want to be in 5 years? What are you doing? Are you happy? Tap into all senses and make this a fun and exploratory practice. When you are done, see if it aligns with your soul. If it does, you are on the right path to finding your truth.
Uncover the Beliefs Standing in the Way of Your Purpose Aligned Future
Now that you have visualized and determined whether your future is aligned with your higher self (not your ego self), it’s time to figure out what is standing in your way of attainment. What beliefs do you need to throw out and rewrite? For help with this, check out my Free Resource Library for an Overcoming Limiting Beliefs workbook.
This may be the most important part of overhauling your belief system and finding your unique truth. You have to trust that you will make decisions based on what is right for you – not right for someone else. This is hard, I know. But the hope, inspiration and growth you will experience far outweigh the difficulty of shining light on the parts of you that you wish to keep hidden.
How You Can Incorporate Your Unique Truth in Your Daily Life
Be flexible. Our beliefs are ever changing and staying in flow with what we encounter will make life a lot easier (and more fun!). Know that by staying open minded and questioning your actions, you are always set up for improvement and growth. Once you know your specific truths, make sure you take aligned action to bring your dreams to fruition.
Continue to follow the Fool on her journey through the Major Arcana and she will lead you to where you want to be: living the life of your dreams. Next stop: The Lovers.
▷ I am currently in the process of writing the Fool’s journey through each of the 22 Major Arcana cards. Rather than wait and release them at once, I decided to post them as I finished writing in the hopes that it would help inspire at least one beautiful soul. Keep checking back for the newest installment or sign up here to be notified when a new one is available.
Also, I am not writing these in order as I am relying on my intuition to tell me which lesson is most needed right now. Thank you so much for reading. I am honored you have invited me in.
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Proud introvert, intuitive entrepreneur, and spiritual activist. On a mission to embolden my fellow introverts to quietly change the world.