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The Tradition of The Hierophant

The Tradition of The Hierophant

In the spiritual reading of the Tarot cards, the Hierophant is the masculine counterpart to the High Priestess. His appearance speaks to tradition and obedience. Where the High Priestess connects with intuition and spirituality, the Hierophant connects with social institutions and group conformity.

Whether referred to as the Pope, the Shaman or Chiron, the Hierophant tarot card is the fifth card of the Major Arcana. In both traditional and alternative decks, the card features the Hierophant sitting on his throne of knowledge and acting as the bridge between the Divine world and the Earthly realm. Even in female-centered decks, the Hierophant is a male figure.

The Imagery

The card features a male religious figure sitting on a throne with two male figures at his feet. He wears a three-tiered crown on his head, holds his right hand up in a gesture of blessing that unites heaven and Earth while his other hand holds a scepter topped with three lines symbolizing the Hierophant's power over the spiritual and Earthly realms. Two keys are at his feet, which symbolize the keys needed to unlock both conscious and subconscious wisdom.

Unlike other cards, the imagery of the Hierophant is deceptively straightforward and features restraint and few key colors. The Hierophant is at the center of the card and wears a bright red cloak in traditional decks. He sits against a backdrop of white with gold and yellow accents. These three colors make up the majority of the palate and commonly represent, power, spirituality and riches. These symbolic colors work together to emphasize the authority and tradition invoked by the Hierophant.

The Significance

The Hierophant is the bridge between the social and the spiritual. He harnesses his divine power and channels it through religious institutions and social traditions. When this card appears in the upright position, you will do well to think of authority, convention and custom.

The Hierophant in Love

If you are wondering where your romantic relationship is heading, the Hierophant may indicate marriage and commitment. As it is a card related to institutions and traditions, it can be a hopeful sign if you want are ready to head towards the altar! Additionally, the Hierophant indicates that you are in a relationship with an active partner who will act as a guide and mentor as you grow.

The Hierophant at Work

The purpose of the Hierophant is to share wisdom and knowledge through the use of an established institution, such as a church or other organized group. When you consult the tarot about your career, it is a sign that you may be well served to stay the course or that an important mentor is set to arrive on the scene.

The Hierophant Reversed

An upright Hierophant is a strong signal that you should follow the status quo or join a new group. It's a sign that the path before you will align with tradition and established norms so that you can security, wisdom and comfort from a structured life.

However, the reversed Hierophant indicates that it is time to break from the status quo and blaze a new trail. When this card appears in the reversed position, it's a strong indication that you are straining against the bonds of tradition and it is time to break free from the chains of conformity.

While your first instinct might be to rebel against the message of the Hierophant, it's important to remember that this card explores what can happen you find safety, security and growth within the confines of tradition and established institutions.

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