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Jim Ventura's Creative Spirituality

Jim Ventura is an author, radio show host, and navigational consultant who has knowledge and practical expertise in working with a number of different types of Oracles (Tarot, Runes, Angel cards, Astrology, Numerology, etc...). He helps his clients and readers to see how the use of oracles can assist us in tuning into the messages from the Universe/Higher Self. Oracles are not only an excellent way to gain insight, but their use may also sharpen our intuitive abilities. Oracles infuse artistry and universal archetypal patterns together to trigger an awakening of the beneficial directional forces that exist both inside and outside of ourselves. Jim is the author of a monthly column called Snake Oil and is available (by appointment) for personal navigational consultations. More information about Jim's services can be found at his website: http://JimVentura.com.

Working with oracles can remind us of the amazing syncronicity that exists in this world. Whether you believe that a card or symbol chosen "randomly" is specifically meant for you or if its wisdom could apply to anyone at some level, we still can benefit by tuning into the wisdom of many different types of oracles. Each month I will discuss the message of a different oracle. Consider contemplating how this months symbol might apply to your life. See if tuning into this archetype through meditation can help you understand how both the positive and "negative" aspects of this month's oracle may apply to your past, present, or future.

The Tarot

For many people, the Tarot is seen as a tool that psychics and fortune tellers use to read peoples fortunes. Some people with more cynical and skeptical perspectives often see it as a "scam" device to take peoples money. Yet, any serious study of the Tarot will bring one to an increased awareness of how much insight this Oracle can truly give us. There are 22 major Arcana cards and 56 minor Arcana cards in a Tarot deck. The Major Arcana illustrate the universal archetypes we all experience at different points in our lives. The minor Arcana focus more on specific details of day to day life. The artwork of the Tarot can help us to see and understand the symbolism of what these archetypes tell us. Whether a card is upright or reversed also adds another aspect to consider.

The Hierophant

The fifth Major Tarot Archetype is the Hierophant (some decks refer to it as the High Priest). The imagery of the card conveys a sense of ritual and ceremony. The kneeling monks in front of the Priest suggest submission to someone or something worthy of honor. The need to turn to wiser spiritual guidance in the form of Guru, Minister, Priest, or religious rituals and philosophies are often part of the human experience. The picture of the silver keys suggest the unlocking of our spiritual selves. The inner call to look for spiritual meaning is an aspect of the human need to look beyond the superficial and explore the deeper aspects of existence. Some turn to religion, metaphysics, or any established collective philosophy or faith to structure their search. The number five shows change and movement. The pull to understand the deeper aspects of philosophy or religion is often part of our growth process. Crisis and struggle may also trigger us to search for deeper meanings and causes behind events.

The Hierophant Upright.

The need to find structure and value in rituals and traditions can be a very compelling and positive part of the human experience. Many people tap into wisdom and knowledge from Priests, Rabbi's, and other types of spiritual teachers. Commitment to a religion or philosophy can work to create a structure of rules for both "right" and "wrong" behavior that can make us feel part of something important. Religious commitments are often part of our cultural roots. Many of the traditions that we follow have some religious or philosophical basis behind them. These rituals can bring us great joy. Marriage, fidelity, raising a family, holidays, and many other traditional familial or cultural celebrations are often universal and valuable. The Hierophant upright often suggests following a path or tradition and using conservative wisdom. More often than not, these paths have centuries of established rituals and traditions behind them. Education in traditional ways as either teacher or student are part of the Hierophant's meaning when it shows up in a spread. The use of previously explored and researched knowledge from the past may be of benefit to us in the present. Following a path that is part of our culture, religion, traditions, or moral or ethical codes are indicated.

The Hierophant Reversed.

The Hierophant reversed rarely has a negative interpretation. We see a personal need to question some of the rules or traditions we have been taught by family or society. The desire to take a unique, unusual, or out-of-the-ordinary approach to traditional situations are now sought out. Married couples who choose not to have children, couples remaining unmarried, gay/lesbian relationships, or any other non-traditional approaches can still bring great joy to many people. Societal rules and "correct" religious traditions may not feel comfortable to everyone. Carving out a unique path in life may be part of the seeker's experience when we see the Hierophant reversed. We see an independent way of learning or teaching others as part of the learning process. New ideas and alternative ways of doing things begin with pioneers who are willing to take different roads. In any area where there are typically rules to follow, there can be a rebellious need to take a different approach. Often, interest in alternative religions, philosophies, or perspectives are now part of the seekers path.

Jim Ventura 2-2012

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