The Hierophant: a 2021 Archetype

That Astrologer, Fairlie Theta
8 min readJan 4, 2021

There’s something magical about New Year’s Eve: the final moments of the year ticking down before our eyes, the promise of a fresh start completely within reach, the opportunity to be someone new, someone different, someone better… The year ahead glitters like a charm, saying it aloud is an incantation of hope–but how long does this optimism stay? When does the present year become a curse? How does that shining promise become the symbol of everything we loathe, every obstacle that has stood in our way?

When 2019 drew to a close, I was in a fog: I had just gotten married, my head was in the clouds, and while my eyes are always on the stars I was wearing some very rosy glasses–I absolutely knew the Saturn conjunctions between Pluto and later Jupiter would bring widespread change, but I was hesitant to abandon my warm and fuzzy emotions for the potential hail of brimstone that could become. I knew Mars would pull ahead as a major planetary player, making 2020 a year of intense Malefic transits, but it was also a numerological 4, a Year of the Emperor. The Emperor is ruled by Aries, the sign Mars spent nearly 6 months of 2020 marching through, a sign of war and martial action–but the Emperor himself also speaks of rigid structure, of control, the proverbial Iron Fist of rulership. It’s never been my favourite card in the deck, but again I was hesitant to toss aside my optimism. Instead, I told everyone who asked that they should focus on self empowerment, of creating structures to support their continued development, and to take control of their own problems in order to maintain personal sovereignty.

And then 2020 happened.

Rarely has a year been as literal as 2020. There was the Mars unrest and civil disorder, the Saturn plague and “bad air,” the economic hardship of Jupiter in fall and Uranus in Taurus, and all the miscommunications and manipulations of a full set of planetary retrogrades. Sometime around April, I began to realize exactly how negligent I’d been in communicating the year’s potential. I suddenly felt as if all my Sagittarian optimism had been grossly irresponsible. The non-committal “love and light” buzzwords I thought I needed in order to be received and appreciated had served no one’s best interest, including my own–so I ditched the fluff and started to speak in the language I know best, however harsh…

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That Astrologer, Fairlie Theta

Fairlie Theta is a professional astrologer and a lifelong student of esoterica, marrying symbolism, semiotics, and psychology || See more at ThatAstrologer.com