The Hierophant card serves as the masculine counterpart of the High Priestess and is the number five of the Major Arcana cards in the tarot deck cards. This card is also known as the High Priest or the Pope and is governed by Taurus. The card signifies traditional values and organizations. Its presence can also indicate that your time is now to adapt to a convention or custom. It can also designate that you may be making your new rituals or practices on your own. Here you can find a detailed tarot card description of the Hierophant including keywords, upright, and reversed card meanings.
Hierophant Key Words
- Upright: spiritual wisdom, tradition, conformity, morality, ethics
- Reversed: rebellion, subversiveness, freedom, personal beliefs
Hierophant Tarot Card Description
The Hierophant tarot card is also called the Teacher of Wisdom. The basic symbols of the Hierophant card are twin pillars, a staff, throne, the triple crown of a pope, a hand raised in blessing, and two followers.
The Hierophant sits in the middle of two pillars. He shows sanctity that are characteristics for a holy temple or a church; however, this temple is different from the one where the High Priestess sits. The Hierophant sits on a throne on an elevated podium demonstrating authority. It also designates being superior among others. He wears three robes which are red, blue and white – and a three-tiered crown. They both signify the three realms which he dominates (the conscious, sub-conscious and super-conscious).
As seen in his left hand, he carries a triple cross that shows his religious position. The horizontal bars in the cross represent the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. His right hand raised in a religious manner is a symbolism of blessing (it’s similar to the hand that the Magician has raised).
There are two followers that kneel before him. This represents the Hierophant’s duty to transfer his spiritual knowledge to others. Through these devotees, the card also comes to characterize resulting in the way to understanding and education. The crossed keys at the Hierophant’s feet denote the stability between the conscious and subconscious minds and the revealing ambiguities which only he can demonstrate.
Upright Hierophant Tarot Card Meaning
When the Hierophant card is upright in a reading, it represents a necessity to follow existing conventions, rules, or a well-established procedure. It advises you to maintain conventional boundaries that are considered a standard method. Rather than being inventive and breaking norms, you will be familiarizing to certain traditions, beliefs, and systems which are existing already for quite a long time. The Hierophant card embodies a customary set of spiritual beliefs and is frequently associated with religion and other formal ideologies. Thus, this card suggests that you learn the necessary values from a trusted source such as an advisor, mentor or a spiritual counselor.
When the Hierophant card is upright in a reading, it represents a necessity to follow existing conventions, rules, or a well-established procedure.
What you can do is ask guidance and cooperate with a teacher, mentor, or leader to teach you about spiritual values and beliefs in a well-thought manner. They can give you wisdom and advice. These people can be experts that will help you awake and nurture your core values. It can also be a sign to bring back family customs that are being neglected – no innovation and no breaking the old ways. Once you have mastered a particular field of study, you may do the role of being a teacher and mentor to others. By doing this, you are doing a responsibility to impart your wisdom in a structured way and it shows respect to preserving old-age beliefs.
Do you feel like lacking ritual and traditions? Getting lost with your structured beliefs? Build a regular practice or habits such as everyday prayer or expressing gratitude before a meal. Consider discovering your spiritual or religious heritage. Surround yourself with people that help you go back to what you have been taught.
Reversed Hierophant Tarot Card Meaning
When the reversed Hierophant card shows up in a reading, it symbolizes nonconformity as well as openness and freedom. It could also indicate that you are feeling the desire to bend existing rules. Or that you’re experiencing limitations from too many structures and established beliefs. As a result, you feel like you lost your own control and flexibility in a lot of aspects of your life. Now, you may want to explore past beyond what you already know and what has been taught to you for many years. It makes you want to question things to ensure the truth and morality of your actions and beliefs. While there might be people who will not understand your will to do some changes, it might be needed.
The reversed Hierophant card symbolizes nonconformity as well as openness and freedom.
The card suggests that you no longer need the approval of external sources and that you are your own teacher. Now is the time to trust your inner strength and see things from a different perspective. You may be having conflicts with authorities, experts or existing sources as you start to seek your own answers. It may feel scary at first, but do not worry! You will feel comfortable as it is natural to feel scared to deviate from the norm and established ideas.
Do you feel like questioning old ideas and traditions that have been taught to you? Are certain beliefs, structures, and systems go against what you want to do and believe? Probably now is the time to listen to yourself. Learn to trust your instincts and break free from old ways.
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