The day will require all your talents so let’s reason together. 

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The Hierophant (V) is a card of the Major Arcana card in occult Tarot decks derived from the historical card known as the Pope in playing card decks. It is used in divination. 

The critical habit of thought, if usual in society, will pervade all its mores, because it is a way of taking up the problems of life. Men educated in it cannot be stampeded by stump orators … They are slow to believe. They can hold things as possible or probable in all degrees, without certainty and without pain. They can wait for evidence and weigh evidence, uninfluenced by the emphasis or confidence with which assertions are made on one side or the other. They can resist appeals to their dearest prejudices and all kinds of cajolery. Education in the critical faculty is the only education of which it can be truly said that it makes good citizens.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                William Graham Sumner, 1906

DepictionThe Hierophant is seated on a throne between two pillars symbolizing law and liberty or obedience and disobedience. He wears a triple crown, and the keys to Heaven are at his feet.

MeaningHierophant stands for tradition and convention. It can represent marriage in an arranged setup. It can also mean a teacher or counselor who will help in learning/education of the querent.

Upright card (keywords)To see the Hierophant in a reading is to embrace the conventional, for it suggests that you have a specific desire to actually follow a process that has been well established. It also indicates that you want to stay within certain conventional bounds of what could be considered an orthodox approach.

Reversed card (keywords)You are tempted to try unorthodox approaches or function in a way that defies social ties and norms. The Hierophant reversal meaning is mostly about questioning certain traditions and making sure that whatever you do is the right thing for you in this specific moment.

If you are single and receive the reversed Hierophant in a love reading, it speaks to the unconventionality you may have in relationships or the desire to be in one if you do not currently have a partner. However, this card can also mean that you are pushing against the status quo by staying single.

Today is a day for Critical Thinking.

Critical thinking is a rich concept that has developed throughout the past 2,500 years. However, the term “critical thinking” has its roots in the mid-late 20th century. Critical thinking is the analysis of facts to form a judgment. When the subject is complex, several definitions exist, including the rational, skeptical, and unbiased analysis or evaluation of factual evidence, and all must be used. 

Critical thinking is self-guided, self-disciplined thinking which attempts to reason at the highest level of quality in a fair-minded way. People who think critically consistently choose to live rationally, reasonably, empathically. They are keenly aware of the inherently flawed nature of human thinking when left unchecked. They strive to diminish the power of their egocentric and sociocentric tendencies. They use the intellectual tools that critical thinking offers – concepts and principles that enable them to analyze, assess, and improve situations.  

They work diligently to develop the intellectual virtues of intellectual integrity, intellectual humility, intellectual civility, intellectual empathy, intellectual sense of justice, and confidence in reason. They realize that no matter how skilled they are as thinkers, they can continuously improve their reasoning abilities. They will at times fall prey to mistakes in reasoning, human irrationality, prejudices, biases, distortions, uncritically accepted social rules and taboos, self-interest, and vested interest. They strive to improve the world in whatever ways and contribute to a more rational, civilized society. At the same time, they recognize the complexities often inherent in doing so. They avoid thinking simplistically about complicated issues and strive to appropriately consider the rights and needs of relevant others. They recognize the complexities in developing as thinkers and commit themselves to life-long practice toward self-improvement. They embody the Socratic principle: The unexamined life is not worth living because they realize that many unexamined lives together result in an uncritical, unjust, dangerous world.              

~ Linda Elder, September 2007


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What are the 5 critical thinking skills?

The critical thinking skills are analysis, interpretation, inference, explanation, self-regulation, open-mindedness, and problem-solving.

Critical thinking is that mode of thinking – about any subject, content, or problem – in which the thinker improves the quality of their thinking by skillfully taking charge of the structures inherent in thinking and imposing intellectual standards upon them.

The Result

A well-cultivated critical thinker:

  • raises vital questions and problems, formulating them clearly and precisely;
  • gathers and assesses relevant information, using abstract ideas to interpret it effectively comes to well-reasoned conclusions and solutions, testing them against relevant criteria and standards;
  • thinks openmindedly within alternative systems of thought, recognizing and assessing, as need be, their assumptions, implications, and practical consequences; and
  • Communicates effectively with others in figuring out solutions to complex problems.

Critical thinking is, in short, self-directed, self-disciplined, self-monitored, and self-corrective thinking. It presupposes assent to rigorous standards of excellence and mindful command of their use. It entails effective communication and problem-solving abilities and a commitment to overcome our native egocentrism and sociocentrism. 

(Taken from Richard Paul and Linda Elder, The Miniature Guide to Critical Thinking Concepts and Tools, Foundation for Critical Thinking Press, 2008)

“Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool. Isaiah 1:18 

Islam is a progressive religion that encourages learning and beholds those who seek knowledge in a high regard. … Some ways that critical thinking can be seen in Islam is through the concepts of ijtihad, qiyas, tafakkur, from the verses of the Quran, and also from the Hadith of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). Quran commentators understand thinking as a form of worship if it is done with sincerity and good purpose. … In another verse, the Quran praises those who listen to the word and follow the best of it (or the best interpretation thereof) (39:18)

Use all your talents and go for the full ride. Love, the solution, is at hand. 

WE&P by: EZorrilla.

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