Hierophant Tarot Card Meanings
The Hierophant tarot card meaning
Card Number: V The Hierophant Arcana (5)
The Hierophant upright
advancement for better or worse, approaching the end of a problem, beliefs, conformity, culmination, Destiny, future fate, good or bad luck depending on the influence of nearby cards, group identification, Inevitability, outcome, Religion, The Wheel suggests the outcome of events from beginning to end, tradition,
The Hierophant Reversed
Bad luck, broken sequence, challenging the status quo, interruption or inconsistency due to unexplained events, outside influence not contemplated, Restriction,
There are two pillars, a staff, a throne and a hand raised in blessing. There are also two acolytes.
The Fool had created a solid foundation to build his future. But unrest strikes him and he is fearful that he will lose everything that he had worked so hard for. The Fool is worried that all that he had will be stolen and lost and feels very unsettled. In a panic mode, the Fool heads to a holy place where he met the Hierophant who is a wise and holy man. The Fool kneels in front of the Hierophant and is willing to hear whatever the Hierophant is willing to teach him. The Fool confides in the Hierophant about the fear that he is feeling and asked for advice on how he can be free of these fears.
The Hierophant suggested two ways (which i think are very practical and logical) to the Fool:
1) Give up whatever the Fool fears to lose so that this item can no longer possess any influence over the Fool; if you don’t have this item in the first place, you will not fear the loss of this item.
2) Consider what is left even if the Fool loses everything; experience and knowledge which the Fool has to help build up his worldly possession will still remain within the Fool even if he has lost all the physical items. If the experience and knowledge remains, the Fool can regain all he has lost again.
After being advised by the Hierophant, the Fool did indeed feel relieved of his fear and he is back on his journey to create a better future for himself.
While the High Priestess deals with realms beyond this Earth, the Hierophant actually deals with problems which are more worldly. However, the Hierophant is not without his shortcomings. Like a bull, the Hierophant can be pretty stubborn. He is wise and soothing, yet he can be a stubborn traditionalist who might not conform to new ideas.
A noteworthy point is this: the Hierophant is a very interesting character. He can represent a person such as an old and respected teacher or even a therapist or a counsellor. He can also represent the nasty teacher the Querent is currently dealing with. This teacher can be a sour traditionist who refuse to accept modern day ideas.
It the Hierophant represents the Querent, then reading this tarot card should serve as an advise to warn the Querent against being too stubborn, particularly in the ethics field. This tarot cards encourages the Querent that the Querent actually knows the way/ways to solve his or her problem. The Querent need to just be cool and calm about it and most of the problems that the Querent is facing should be solved.
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