The Hierophant Read-Along: Recap! Chapters 21-24, plus Insta-love!?

Day 5

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Welcome to day 5 of The Hierophant read-along! Check out this post if you don’t know what I’m talking about, and join the conversation on twitter with the hashtag #ArcanaRA :D

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Did you do the reading?! :D

RECAP: Chapters 21-24

Chapter 21: Ana goes home and debates texting Trebor, but she has no idea where to begin.

Chapter 22: Later that night, Andy texts Ana to set up a coffee date to ask her more questions about her mother’s people, the Ouros. Trebor texts, too, and makes it clear that he knows she can see what others can’t–and he knows about the Sura, too.

Chapter 23: Ana meets up with Andy; she tells him about the Ouros; Andy tells her what he’s read about the 3 worlds–Shemayiim, Iritz, and Sheol; he says he read a myth about a key that could open the gates between the worlds. Trebor shows up…but no one can see him except for Ana.

Chapter 24: Trebor and Ana go for a walk; he reveals himself to be an Irin, one of the fabled Watchers sent by the angels (the Malakiim) to protect humans from Sura. He’s looking for the Key that Andy spoke of, but he also feels he has an obligation to help Ana deal with her vulnerability to Sura. Trebor takes them to a pocket world called a loka!

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Some fun facts!

-I was an anthropology major for most of my time in college, until I switched to media studies and only minored in cultural anthropology (I sometimes regret that choice, tbh). Most of what Andy talks about in chapter 23 (and later) is inspired by things I learned in my Anthropology of Religion or Anthropology of Witchcraft and Sorcery classes (best classes EVER). The inspiration for this ENTIRE BOOK can actually be attributed to those classes. <3

-Like many fantasy authors, I stole a lot of words from ancient languages for this entire series. Most of it is Hebrew (ancient, but still in use outside of religious practice!) Malakiim/malachim (pronounced the same); Iritz/Erets; Sheol is Sheol, and Shemayiim/Shamayim; even havati bashrat is a well hidden fictional etymological evolution (i.e., bastardization) of the words for “love” and “destiny.” My missed-connection kind of relationship with Judaism (I’m half Jewish, raised nothing, though my parents met in a cult they didn’t leave/get kicked out of until I was 6 or 7) definitely influenced a great deal of this book, especially as I was trying to unbox the complicated feelings around something that is both an ethnicity and a religion, as well as the strongest link I have to my ancestors.

-Some of the words, like Irin, are Aramaic; Sura is from the ancient Sanskrit Asura which is “a member of a class of divine beings in the Vedic period, which in Indian mythology tend to be evil and in Zoroastrianism are benevolent.” (Important definition is important!) It’s not very spoilery to tell you that the idea behind this is to ask the chicken or the egg question: which came first, humans or the Arcana? Did the Arcana influence our world, or did we influence them? HMMMM?

(Can you tell that I would have been a linguistic anthropologist if I’d continued in that major?)

And Now, A Reading! Plus: INSTA-LOVE?

(Pardon the weather happening outside…it gets mighty windy towards the end.)

That’s all for today! Questions or comments about insta-love? FEELS about Ana and Trebor? Use hashtag #ArcanaRA to join the conversation and automatically be entered to win some free books, and maybe a pocket tarot deck!

JFYI: There will be recap posts over the weekend, and videos will start up again Monday!

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Tomorrow: Chapters 25-28!

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