Date Published - 2013-07-16 Author - Kristal Bailey
The Hierophant tarot is also called the High Priest in some decks. He is the masculine counterpart to the High Priestess. He is also known as the Pope, the Shaman or the Priest. The Hierophant is ruled by Taurus. The Hierophant tarot is represented by a religious figure, sitting within a church or temple. He is wearing three elaborate vestments of his office that represent the three worlds. The crown he is wearing also has three tiers. The triple sceptre is another symbol of his dominion over the three worlds. The crossed keys represent a balance between the conscious and subconscious minds and unlock the mysteries. Before him kneel two initiates. The Hierophant's task is to bring the two initiates into the church so that they can take up their appointed roles. This symbolises entry into all types of institutions where there is a shared group identity. These could include schools, clubs, teams, companies and societies.
Upright Hierophant Tarot Card Meanings
The Hierophant is very conventional and this Tarot card suggests that you have a desire to follow due process and to stay within the conventional bounds of what is typically an orthodox approach. Instead of being innovative, you will need to adapt to the existing set of beliefs and systems that are already in place. You will usually do what is expected of you. The appearance of the Hierophant in a Tarot reading indicates that this is certainly not a time to challenge the status quo!
The Hierophant card suggests that you may be wise to follow established social structures or to honour tradition in your life. Consider also exploring your spiritual or religious heritage.
In Tarot readings, the Hierophant tarot card often stands for institutions and their values. The Hierophant is a symbol of the need to conform to rules or fixed situations. His appearance can show that you are dealing with a force that is not innovative, free-spirited or individual but is instead fixated on the established system or methods. Groups can be enriching or stifling depending on circumstances. Sometimes we need to follow a program or embrace tradition, while at other times we need to trust ourselves.
The Hierophant Tarot card indicates that you may feel compelled to join some sort of group or institution. It may be as significant as joining a new church or religious group, or as simple as joining a gym. This Tarot card is about identifying with a group and a way of thinking that will benefit you and will prompt further learning.
In his focus on sharing knowledge through an institution, the Hierophant represents education and the pursuit of knowledge. This Tarot card can indicate a period of increased studying and learning, through formal mechanisms. You seek to understand a field of study that has been widely explored and documented, and so you may go to a well-known or established teacher to find out more.
The Hierophant may also appear in your life as a psychotherapist, a wise counsellor, a priest, or a spiritual mentor to whom you will turn for wisdom and guidance. He may be an authority or a kind and generous mentor who nurtures a spiritual awareness. You will learn new skills from this helpful teacher as he has the wisdom to provide good counsel and advice.
Unlike the Magician, who simply points the way, the Hierophant is a trusted guide, one who will take us by the hand and lead us to our spiritual goal. He represents a gateway to a higher consciousness reached in a ritualised manner. He teaches that which can be learned by word and example.
All things that are righteous and sacred come with the Hierophant Tarot card marriage, alliance, servitude, mercy and goodness and conscience.
Reversed Hierophant Tarot Card Meanings
The Hierophant reversed indicates that you are feeling restricted or constrained by structure and rules, and as a result, you have lost a lot of flexibility and control in your life. You have a strong desire to break free from convention. You may be tempted to do something that is out of character or against social norms. The Hierophant reversed is about breaking the rules and challenging the status quo. You no longer accept the rigid structures, tradition and dogma surrounding you, and now seek out opportunities to rebel and retaliate. You want to challenge ideas and concepts that you once thought of as fixed and permanent.
The reversed Hierophant is about questioning tradition and asking yourself whether what you are doing is really the right thing for you. You may have been following the crowd but now you realise that perhaps changes need to be made. There may be a run-in with authorities or conflict with a parent or authority figure.
The reversed Hierophant can sometimes reflect societal or group pressure. You are being forced to conform but you do not agree with the fundamental belief systems.
The Hierophant can also represent a person who is in a leadership role or position of authority. He may represent a father figure or even your boss at work. When the Hierophant is reversed, you may find that this person is dictatorial, forcing you to conform and abide by the rules and afraid to cross boundaries and do something different or challenge the status quo. If this person is 'in charge' then you may have little choice but to follow.
Date Published - 2013-07-16 Author - Kristal Bailey