Hierophant Tarot Card Meanings

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,


Tarot Symbol

There are two pillars, a staff, a throne and a hand raised in blessing. There are also two acolytes.

Tarot Story

Hierophant tarotThe 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.

Tarot meaning

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.

What is your interpretation of this card? Let us know below even if its the same card but is in a different tarot deck.

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  • Lori Launier says:

    This card, the title comes from the Greek _ hierophants_ : hieros, holy + -phant’s, one who shows from phainein, phan-, to show.

    Thus, He is an ancient Greek priest who interpreted sacred mysteries, especially the priest of the Eleusinian mysteries.

    In the antique decks, in many non-occult decks, and in many tarot systems, the card we know as The Hierophant is known as Le Pape, The Pope. The Pope became this card during the 19th century when the tarot cards where thought to be an ancient mystical book from Egypt

  • Rosemary Ford says:

    This is the card of conventional thinking, teaching, and authority. He represents the teacher we must all find and must all be. Each of us is a keeper of some important inner knowledge. We all have our inner wisdom, our connection to the Divine to draw upon. When we use our own wisdom to guide our lives and to help us make decisions, then we each become a teacher to those around us — by example, if by no other way. But it is part of the human condition that no individual has complete knowledge; therefore it is an instinctual part of us to seek a teacher — someone whose wisdom can help guide us.

    He is also the keeper of tradition, both oral and written. Sometimes I like to think of him as Merlin — a very educated, experienced teacher who makes every effort to pass on hard-won knowledge to the student in a responsible way. This is the teacher that finds a way to make each concept clear to the student. He keeps the history and tradition alive by passing it down in a very clear manner. He is the keeper of hidden knowledge — the teacher of knowledge one must be actively seeking before it is revealed. The High Priest does not spread knowledge out on a blanket for all to see as a merchant would, but keeps it within, waiting for the serious seeker who truly wants to learn. His knowledge is a form of power and not to be given away to those who are not prepared to use it wisely for the good of all.

    The Hierophant, as a representative of conventional thinking, therefore also represents the repressive side of authority. This card demonstrates how custom and tradition can control an individual’s life. The Hierophant can be the internalized judge or parent. This gives one a great opportunity to learn self-empowerment by discerning between wisdom and convention.

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