Last Updated on August 9, 2021
The Hierophant is a Major Arcana card, depicting a man of wisdom sitting on a throne. In his left hand, he is seen holding a cross, with his right hand raised in a sign of blessing. Two followers are seen kneeling before him, as if to ask for his blessing.
What It Means to Draw the Hierophant Tarot Card
The Hierophant card represents traditional values and spiritual beliefs. The Hierophant supports the ideal that one should seek knowledge from a trusted source.
If you had received the Hierophant card in a Tarot reading, you may be experiencing a dilemma and seeking advice from an older person or a mentor. You may be trying to decide on a course of action or whether to put your faith in someone else.
When the Hierophant is drawn it could mean that the person who drew this card is feeling lost, or that there is no structure to their life.
When we feel lost in life, we can be unsure of what we should do or how to sort out our thoughts and feelings. The Hierophant card could be a sign that you need to seek out the advice of a knowledgeable person, such as your Spirit Guide or a mentor.
Traditional Values and Spiritual Beliefs
You may feel conflict between your traditional values and spiritual beliefs. You may be questioning your beliefs and want to find out more.
The Hierophant card is a message for you to follow your spiritual beliefs, not your desires or ego. If you are drawn to this card in a Tarot reading, it could be a sign that you need to seek answers in a higher power.
When drawn, the Hierophant can signify that you need to trust your intuition more. It is one of the most important cards in a Tarot reading and can help guide you on your path.
Sticking With What is Tried and True
It’s common to see this card in situations where you do not want to take a lot of risks. You may be sticking with what is familiar with you and are not willing to go out of your comfort zone.
You may be someone who is very traditional and adheres strictly to the rules. You can be very set in your ways and resist change and trying new things.
This card appears sometimes to remind us that we need to step out of our comfort zone. It could also be telling you that you need to break out of your shell and take some chances.
Wisdom and Knowledge
The Hierophant is generally a card of possessing wisdom and knowledge. Traditionally, this card is said to represent all knowledge and wisdom from the gods or from past lives.
It represents stability and strength. You may be acting in a mentorship role to someone. You have the wisdom and experience necessary to make the right choices in life.
The Hierophant in Relationships
When the Hierophant is drawn in a love drawing, it’s meaning translates to full commitment.
When this card is drawn it means that you and your partner are perfectly linked, spiritually and mentally. This relationship has an unbreakable bond of trust and can often feel as if it were meant to be.
This card is also sometimes drawn in relation to the parent or child relationship. If it is drawn in relation to your mother or father, it could mean that you have a deeply spiritual connection with them.
If the Hierophant was drawn in a love reading, then this could represent a relationship that’s based on long-lasting friendship and trust. This bond will stand the test of time and both partners are reliable and honest.
This card means that you and your partner on the same level both spiritually and mentally.
The Hierophant in a Career Reading
When the Hierophant is drawn in a career reading, it means that you are more likely to be drawn to a path that you can follow, rather than pave your own path. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it just means that you prefer to have structure or a template to fall back on.
This can be a sign that you need a traditional career that is very structured. You may want to stick with something that is safe and not take unnecessary risks unless you know the results.
When this card appears in readings about careers and business, it can represent that a business owner is very traditional in their beliefs and values.
The Hierophant Tarot Card in Reverse
When the Hierophant is reversed it means that you are not acting in accordance with your traditional values and spiritual beliefs. You may be questioning them for your own reasons or are being manipulated by outside influences.
The Hierophant card reversed can be interpreted that you need to follow a belief system that is true to yourself, rather than what others want you to believe. You should seek knowledge from within, rather than someone else’s beliefs.
When reversed the Hierophant can mean that you’ve learned enough from personal experience and that you are finally read to break out of the social norm.
The Hierophant reversed insists that you seek how things are done and determine how you could improve the way for your sake, not someone else’s.
Reversed, the Hierophant can be seen as a rebellion of sorts. There could be some sort of conflict in your future, or it could mean that you and a loved one recently fell into an disagreement of sorts.
We sometimes see this card in situations where we are questioning authority. You may feel like other people are telling you what to do or that things in your life are not within your control.
Because the Hierophant is a symbol for traditional values, it is quite likely you are questioning these values.
It is important to know that if you are questioning your traditional values, then it will not be easy for you to find the answers and move on. This is because these values and spiritual beliefs are what have helped make you who you are today.
Tips For Understanding the Hierophant In Your Reading
Always start a tarot reading with a clear question and intention. Knowing what you hope to discover about yourself or a situation in your life will make it easier to apply the wisdom of the tarot cards in your life.
When reading tarot cards, it is important that you look at the whole picture and not just one card. Think of each tarot card as a scene in a story. How each card connects with the others will give you greater insight into what it means in your reading.
In a reading you should also consider if the card represents something in your past, present, or future. Otherwise you may be left with an incomplete reading.
The Hierophant’s Advice
The Hierophant tells us to rely on spiritual guidance while making important choices. You can trust your intuition and know that you are supported by the Universe.
If you have been questioning your spiritual beliefs, this card is telling you to look within for the answers. You can also ask questions to your Spirit Guide or higher self to find out what you need to do next.
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