Day 23,707: Learning Ritual from a Grecian Crone
Yesterday I learned a new word “Hierophant.” According to Wikipedia, it the person who calls congregants toward the holy. Some, today, give the word a distinctly masculine definition, aka Pope. However, the word stems from ancient Greek, long before Popes existed.
Unlike the Pope, a Hierophant can be female and in ancient Grecian times likely was. She may have instead been called an Oracle. Although Oracles can be priests or priestesses, my recollection from Greek plays was that the Oracle, as she was in the Matrix, was always a woman, perhaps the original Crone.
I was introduced to the Hierophant from a modern Tarot reading where a distinctly feminine Hierophant card was pulled. The card came from a 2017 series called The Good Tarot created by Colette Baron-Reid, a modern-day oracle in her own right. Baron-Reid, now affiliated with Hay House, believes in modern Oracles. She has an earlier set of cards from 2015 called Wisdom of the Oracle. She creates her decks melding concepts from many different ancient studies from Norse Runes, Tarot, and modern psychology.
According to Baron- Reid when the Hierophant card is pulled it is to “remind one to be committed to a spiritual practice to ensure conscious contact to their higher power.” The card appears when reminders are needed that “Rituals are in my highest good at this time.”
Tonight would have been an easy night to skip blogging. I worked a full day. My husband was out of commission so I had to shop and buy dinner, and I have a standing Monday night commitment with my weekly mastermind discussion group. Yet, I decided to maintain my ritual and hit the keyboard.
Ritual does not come easy to me. It’s why it’s hard for me to maintain an exercise routine. I can be easily distracted by the call of other commitments. It is not laziness. It is commitment priority disorder [CPD]. Many women suffer from it. I have just named it.
True ritual, however, gives you easy prioritization. It is why people rarely miss Christmas, even if they cut back on trimmings. It is why I’ll pull out the seder plates for Passover. I’m committed to the ritual, also called tradition, and the sense of carrying on.
My new goal is to establish more rituals – personal rituals — not just those taught me to by others. Because it’s the practice of the ritual that has inherent meaning in and of itself.
Focus on Gun Sanity: The Hierophant of the Gun Safety Movement may be Diane Feinstein. It may also be Shannon Watts, founder of Mothers Demand Action. You can read a transcript here of her recent conversation with Preet Bahara on the March 1 edition of his podcast Stay Tuned. t