Ok, it’s been a while from the last Tarot Trek edition, there is no more time to lose so let’s start!
Next Major that is in the line is Hierophant. So, a little about card itself, Hierophant is someone who will always give you a good advice, he can be some influential person, religious one as it is shown on most of the decks, like some kind of Pope or something. He is someone you can rely on, he have the power, he can protect you, he can make good and smart alliances. Hierophant is the person you can trust. He have tradition, laws, moral in the little finger. But he can be quite unconventional and alternative also. Hierophant ways are wise and structural. He can represent teams, marriages, mysteries, spiritual guide etc..
So, when all that and more about Hierophant is taken under consideration, the first person in Star Trek who comes in my mind is Cptn. Benjamin Sisko.
So, who is Sisko?
Kirk, Spock, and McCoy are captured by those people which are led by a beautiful women. McCoy is sharing a meaningful look with the woman before he is knocked unconscious.
The beautiful woman introduces herself as Natira, the high priestess and leader of her people. Natira “welcomes” the officers to their world Yonada then, leads the trio into an Oracle Room, where she consults an unseen authoritative entity manifested by a decorative altar and a booming voice.
Kirk and McCoy estimate that the people no longer realize they are inside a spaceship. The Oracle “punishes” Kirk, Spock and McCoy by shocking them with an energy beam, rendering them unconscious. After some while , the old man comes into the room where our dear crew is. Old man gives them some plant to help them recover faster from the Oracle beam. Crew told the old man that they are not from Yonada, and the old man recalls how he once climbed the mountains, “even though it is forbidden,” and found that the world of Yonada is not a planet at all. “For the world is hollow and I have touched the sky…“, he says before collapsing to the ground. He dies immediately, apparently from a subcutaneous control device in his temple/Oracle.
Natira comes in, has the old man’s body gently taken away, and seems to take a special interest in McCoy. Kirk recommends that McCoy use this to their advantage so that they may learn more about the civilization (that Kirk, right 😀 )
Natira admits she is in love with McCoy and wants him to stay on Yonada as her mate. When McCoy tells her he has only a year to live, she tells him even a day, a month, or a year with him will make her happy.
“But we’re strangers to each other.”
“But is not that the nature of men and women? That the pleasure is in the learning of each other?”
- – McCoy and Natira, as she asks him to be her mate
“Until I saw you, there was nothing in my heart. It sustained my life, but nothing more. Now it sings. I could be happy to have that feeling for a day, a week, a month, a year.”
- – Natira, before kissing McCoy
So this is a card of Lovers, giving the love a chance, no matter for how long, in a second, love at first sight, making the choice toward love.
McCoy agrees to stay on Yonada but begs that Kirk and Spock be released. McCoy tells her he could never be happy on Yonada knowing that his two friends had died for his happiness. Natira agrees. As Kirk and Spock prepare to return, McCoy insists on staying. Kirk and McCoy briefly argue about his decision but Kirk agrees to leave him behind. McCoy is also making the decision towards love.
In a ritual with the Oracle, sweet one I must say. McCoy has the instrument of obedience implanted in his head and he and Natira are married. At the Oracle’s command, she reveals to him an ancient book that is to be opened and read when the ship reaches the “New World of the Promise.”
McCoy calls the ship with his communicator and tries to explain that by consulting the book Spock can change the Yonada‘s course. His instrument of obedience immediately sends him a shock of pain. Spock and Kirk are teleported to McCoy, they removed his instrument, Natira is watching them in shock, they explain to her more about Yonada, then McCoy removes her’s instrument , that Oracle is starting to get really pissed off, so it gets destroyed.
Long story short again, Kirk has violated the Prime Directive by informing the people of Yonada of their situation, but it was for the best, they have changed the course of their ship/asteroid.
McCoy and Natira are very sad, but they have to go apart, as she has to lead her people, and he has to get to the painful treatment for his illness (yeah they find the cure in the meantime) so again we have decision they had to choose, they were still married, they really loved each other, but they will have to be apart, but their unity will still be present. Kirk promises him the Enterprise will soon return to the area in 390 days when the Yonada eventually reaches its correct destination. McCoy is pleased by Kirk’s promise and the Enterprise leaves Yonada.
There are many romantic stories in the Star Trek series that also connects with the card of The Lovers. I have chosen this one, because it is not so mainstream, but it represents symbolism of the card. Just like on illustration on the card RWS/ The young man between two women, depicted on The Lovers card, is symbolic of the struggle of trying to decide whether to follow one’s heart or one’s temptation/obligation.
And that’s it for now, stay tuned for more Tarot Trek 😉