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Intuition Goes Beyond Reason But Not Without

In Tarot, the Emperor (reason) comes before the Hierophant (intuition). Intuition goes beyond reasoning, but not without. What does that mean? The thing is the Hierophant doesn’t answer questions the way we do. He answers by giving us the correct principle needed to solve our problem. He conveys the key archetype of our problem.
If you ask the Hierophant, “What’s my problem?” his answer will be as general as your question and hence useless. We have to ask the right question and that’s where the Emperor comes in. We need to reason the right question first.
That kind of reasoning has four stages: First thing, get the big picture. The Emperor is in a good position to get the picture since he sits on a higher plane that allows him to overlook the mind’s stream of thoughts. The Hierophant sits in a confined space, the inner temple.
Second, make order inside the big picture. Measure your knowledge. What is what and what isn’t what it seems to be?
Third, relate your bytes of knowledge to each other and to the big picture/context. That’s understanding and yes, reasoning has a female side. ;-).
Fourth, measure your ignorance. Where are the blank spots in your big picture? After you identified those blank spots, zoom in on one of them and ask the right question. Then, the Hierophant can give you an answer concrete enough to make use of.

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