The Hierophant

Photographic Prints

Small (8.0" x 11.3")

Finish:
$11.00
Anna Shaw

Westgate on Sea, United Kingdom

Sizing Information

Small 8.0" x 11.3"
Medium 12.0" x 16.9"
Large 16.0" x 22.5"
X large 20.0" x 28.1"

Features

  • Superior quality silver halide prints
  • Archival quality Kodak Endura paper
  • Lustre: Professional photo paper with a fine grain pebble texture
  • Metallic: Glossy finish and metallic appearance to create images with exceptional visual interest and depth

Artist's Description

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Top Ten Winner in the INSPIRED ART challenge.
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It is amazing that I work best when I have a song running around my head as I am creating the art. With this one I had the lines from Bob Marley’s wonderful “Redemption Song” – Songs of freedom.

Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery;
None but ourselves can free our minds

which was completely perfect for The Heirophant, who helps you to do exactly that.

Old pirates, yes, they rob I;
Sold I to the merchant ships,
Minutes after they took I
From the bottomless pit.
But my hand was made strong
By the hand of the Almighty.
We forward in this generation
Triumphantly.
Won’t you help to sing
These songs of freedom?
’Cause all I ever have:
Redemption songs,
Redemption songs.

Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery;
None but ourselves can free our minds.
Have no fear for atomic energy,
‘Cause none of them can stop the time.
How long shall they kill our prophets,
While we stand aside and look? Ooh!
Some say it’s just a part of it:
We’ve got to fulfill the Book.

Won’t you help to sing
These songs of freedom?
‘Cause all I ever have:
Redemption songs,
Redemption songs,
Redemption songs.
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/Guitar break/
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Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery;
None but ourselves can free our mind.
Wo! Have no fear for atomic energy,
’Cause none of them-a can-a stop-a the time.
How long shall they kill our prophets,
While we stand aside and look?
Yes, some say it’s just a part of it:
We’ve got to fulfill the book.
Won’t you have to sing
These songs of freedom? -
’Cause all I ever had:
Redemption songs -
All I ever had:
Redemption songs:
These songs of freedom,
Songs of freedom.


Created in Photoshop CS4. I have made so many versions of The Heirophant – and not been satisfied with any of them, – than as soon as the song came into my head I blasted forward with this one – which I love.

The background is a merge of six colour layers, gradients and texture. I wanted the Heorophant to be grounded in earthly things- hence the Oak and the roots. I also wanted her to symbolise wisdom and freedom. The cocoon shell around her is both an artistic device to frame her, but also symbolic of our own cocoons of self -imposed, hidebound rules and regulations, which are not necessary and which keep us safe – but trapped.

My thanks go to the following artists for their generous use of stock…
Model
Oak Tree
Key
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The Heirophant

Having created a solid foundation on which to build your future,after meeting the Magician, The High Priestess, the Empress, and the Emperor, you are struck with a sudden fear. What if everything you’ve worked for is taken away? Is stolen, or lost, or destroyed or vanishes? Or what if it is just not good enough?

In a panic, you head into a mystical place where you find the Hierophant, a wise teacher and holy woman. Acolytes kneel before her, ready to hear and pass on her teachings. You tell the Hierophant your fears, and ask how you can be free of them.

“There are only two ways,” says the Hierophant sagely, “Either give up that which you fear to lose so it no longer holds any power over you, or consider what you will still have if your fear comes to pass. After all,” the Hierophant continues, “if you did lose all you’d built, you would still keep the experience and knowledge that you’ve gained up to this point, wouldn’t you?”

The Heirophant will show you that you must not imprison yourself with old long-held beliefs and traditions that no longer work for you, and that stop you reaching your potential. She will tell you to stop using the words “I should…” or “I must”. She will teach you to look at the self-imposed rules and regulations that hold you back from being free. She will free you from your hide-bound ways of doing things – if you listen to her.

This surprisingly pragmatic advice releases you from your fear, and you are able to exit out of the sanctuary and face the world’s challenges once again.

The Hierophant’s purpose is to bring the spiritual down to Earth. Where the High Priestess between deals with realms beyond this Earth, the Hierophant deals with worldly problems. She is well suited to do this because she strives to create harmony and peace in the midst of a crisis.
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The others in the tarot series are…

The Fool

The Magician

The Lovers

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