The Hierophant Tarot Card – Major Arcana Card Meaning

Hierophant Tarot Card

In this article, we’re going to be looking at the Hierophant. This is one of the most complex cards you will encounter and as a result, it needs a certain amount of explanation. This is the first card in the Major Arcana that doesn’t represent an individual. At the beginning of the Major Arcana, we have the fool and magician and the child, the mother, the father, the creative spark deep self-knowing, the Hierophant represents the most basic unit of organization and its microcosm. It represents the family. When you extend it out, it’s the things that are built to continue with life going beyond the individual into the group.

 

Hierophant Tarot Card

The Hierophant tarot card upright

In its most pure incarnation, it is the original unit of the family and the broader interpretation the Hierophant represents community, traditions, schools, philosophies, institutions built on shared Faith or set of beliefs.

Hierophant Tarot Card

In some decks, this is called the Pope because it represents a single entity that is the culmination of a very complex set of beliefs and ways of behaving. It is also known as the teacher – note the students at the teacher’s feet or the monk’s at the Pope’s feet and between them the keys – this represents students looking for the keys to unlock the desired outcome be it mastery, community or another goal. This represents all organizations that bring people together; perhaps school, university or church. Again, most of all the original unit which is the family. So this is the first big card representing something bigger than oneself – a group or an organization.

 

The best course of action for Hierophant tarot card

Ascertain whether you are. The teacher or the student. Look at your position in a sense within this card. When you get this card, it is generally not the time to break from tradition. Commit to what you believe in and stand up for it. This may be a call to pursue higher education, a deeper commitment to your faith or more active participation in your community. Whatever that community is be open to learning more engage in developing the specific skills and techniques that your chosen institution requires. This is also a big family a card. Look to the needs of your family be at the nuclear family or your chosen family. Pledge allegiance to something you truly believe in.  Understand that no one can function alone. If you are in need of assistance or guidance reach out to the organization’s or systems within your community, and if you can be of assistance to others do so.

 

The Hierophant tarot card reversed

This represents unorthodoxy, breaking from tradition, doing things in non-traditional or unexpected ways. It is a call to look at your convictions and dig deeper. This can also be an indication of just an unorthodox makeup of a family or a group – it doesn’t have to be bad, it just might be unorthodox and unique. This can represent a flawed system or a leader with duplicitous aims. This can be someone following a tradition blindly without a deeper examination of its value. Blind loyalty. This can indicate you being disappointed and an institution or your family or you disappointing others who expected something more traditional.

The Hierphant reversed

This can simply be an unsatisfying outcome to a class with the grade being disappointed in your place in an organization or with its leaders. This can represent fake news being presented as true or but just there is a sense of tradition on its head.

 

The Hierophant best course of action reversed

This is a call to embrace the unorthodox, the non-traditional. Look at things in a new way and break out of stifling tradition. If you are feeling oppressed look at how to make an organization more embracing of outsiders. Challenge beliefs, do not take things at face value, speak truth to power even if it may cost you personally. If you need to take a break from your family or an organization do so. If your family or an organization is being restructured in a new way embrace it become a part of that or begin the process yourself. If you need to break with your tradition for personal growth do so, and if you find yourself in the position of being a perpetual student break out of that and start to pursue leadership. If you find becoming stagnant in your leadership and your teaching embrace a new course of study.

 

If you’d like to know more about the Major Arcana card meanings, you might like the following series of posts:

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