The crow on the card appears to be speaking loudly and it appears that he’s rather restless. The key he holds suggests that he has THE key – the one thing – that can unlock all that we need. The flash of colour bolting into the key suggests that it’s being infused with knowledge and energy. While your ‘key’ may be different than mine or someone else’s, the hierophant is suggesting that now is the time to find the key to what you need.
“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” ~ Mary Oliver
I mean, you may have lived a hundred before and you may come back again as a cat, or a tulip. Or something close to – but not quite – who you are now, as you work out the kinks of your former existence and burn through your karma while searching for your purpose.
The Emperor is the father. Represented by an evergreen tree, he’s the counterpart to the Empress – a deciduous tree that’s in constant flux and change. While the Empress will grow new buds and blossom in cycles, The Emperor remains solid, regardless of the time of year. He represents structure, order, and discipline. He calls to the side of us that’s protective, decisive, and truly stable. Along with this energy comes clarity of mind and in turn, decisiveness and action.
A lamb lies still with its third eye coloured and lit. Displaying a sense of calm, it’s almost as if it’s unaware of the four swords lined up, evenly spaced apart above its body. It looks serene and concentrative. The lamb is reminding us to take some time to be still. To sit with what is. To integrate. There’s a sense of stability and calm in this scene, despite the line of swords.