Upright Keywords: tradition, conventionalism, institutionalism, spiritual wisdom, religious beliefs, conformity, counsel, teacher
Reversed Keywords: non-conformity, unorthodox, bohemian, existential, personal beliefs, freedom, challenging the status quo
The Hierophant sits on a throne with two other men in front of him. He is above them, symbolizing that he may be teaching them something. This card was originally called The Pope, indicating that he holds spiritual knowledge. Behind him, you see two pillars, which The Hierophant seems to be preventing access to. He is the keeper of spiritual wisdom, a teacher, and until you learn what he has to teach, you cannot pass. Between the two men are two keys, crossed. This also symbolizes the need to learn before being able to pass through. The two men do not hold the keys, but need to achieve them.
His left hand is raised towards the sky, bringing down spiritual knowledge into himself to pass onto others. his robe is red, symbolizing authority.
The Hierophant Tarot Card Meaning
The Hierophant is all about that traditional form of teaching. Following tradition and conventional wisdom is his thing. But this isn’t always a bad thing. It could be that it’s time to get back to your roots and re-establish traditions.
Sometimes these traditions are rooted in religion and other doctrines. Sometimes before you can go at it alone and find your own path, you need a foundation of knowledge. The Hierophant could show up as a mentor or guide for you to show you these teachings.
It may be time to honor family traditions that you may be neglecting or get into a spiritual practice. You may enjoy being part of a group with an established teacher and other members.
The Hierophant Reversed Tarot Card Meaning
You can be a bit stubborn and want to do things your own way. This can be a good thing because you are learning that you are your own teacher. Following your inner guidance will lead you to new heights, just make sure it is your inner guidance and not your ego talking.
When the Hierophant reversed shows up, you are ready to go it alone and do your own thing.
You no longer care or need other people’s approval or structure to claim your personal power.
You may also be feeling restricted in a certain situation and the normal advice that you find isn’t really what you need. Look inside and find your inner guidance and follow your own path out of the situation.
Gemstones: Hematite, Lapis Lazuli, Lemurian Quartz