The Hierophant Tarot Card Combinations and Meanings
V The Hierophant Correspondences:
Astrology: Associated with Taurus
Keywords & phrases:
Tradition and convention, conformity.
The Hierophant Tarot Card Meanings
Traditionally this card was known as The Pope (Le Pape.) The English Oxford dictionary defines hierophant as, “A person, especially a priest, who interprets sacred mysteries or esoteric principles,” which broadens the brushstroke slightly. (I’m always asked about the name.) Whichever title, the image is usually consistent to the appearance of a religious leader.
The Hierophant Tarot card indicates following a conventional path and the traditional values of society. It can sometimes represent the traditional family unit but also marriage, particularly when appearing with other marriage cards. This is a card of conforming to certain standards; an accepted set of structures and expectations. Recognised institutions are often indicated by this card too.
The Hierophant may suggest a wise guide and knowledgeable teacher, someone we hold in high regard that can provide advice and assistance as we integrate our spiritual perspective into the earthly and material plane. With the Hierophant we follow the path and work within the rules, tow the line, and do what is expected from us by developing and following our moral compass.
If reversed or badly aspected it may show feeling restricted by structure or a dogmatic approach, lacking moral fibre or principles, rejecting conformity, a crisis of faith, or hypocritical guidance.
The Hierophant Tarot Combinations & Meanings
The Hierophant > The Fool
The Hierophant represents tradition and spiritual guidance. When paired with The Fool, it may suggest embarking on a new path and non-traditional journey, challenging norms, and seeking personal truths outside of established conventions. It may be time to embrace unconventional wisdom.
The Hierophant > The Magician
The Hierophant followed by The Magician can suggest taking an innovative approach with traditional and structured systems to manifest unique solutions. Blending wisdom and creativity can produce a powerful outcome. For some, it may suggest achieving mastery through mentoring guidance or learning institution.
The Hierophant > The High Priestess
The Hierophant followed by The High Priestess can indicate a journey from structured spirituality to intuitive wisdom. Seek hidden truths and trust inner guidance to blend tradition with mysticism. The balance of external teachings and internal revelations can lead to profound insights.
The Hierophant > The Empress
The Hierophant followed by The Empress brings warmth to a structured situation, so it yields to a softer stance being taken to the rigid conformity of set values and brings progress. Combine structured beliefs with nurturing energy for flourishing growth. Explore traditional values in creative endeavours. Institutions connected to children may be relevant for some.
The Hierophant > The Emperor
This combination can represent higher authorities within a large organisation or formal institution. Adopt structured wisdom and then apply it assertively. Combine tradition with strength and strategic control for effective governance and personal empowerment. For some it may suggest following a strict moral code.
The Hierophant > The Lovers
The Hierophant followed by The Lovers can represent a formal commitment to a relationship; marriage may be on the cards for some, as it blends traditional values with an intimate union. Combine wisdom with love to foster deeper relationships, guided by shared beliefs and emotional harmony.
The Hierophant > The Chariot
The Hierophant leading to The Chariot may suggest spiritual or moral guidance propelling determined action. Embrace structured beliefs and then drive forward with conviction. Align tradition with a focused will to overcome obstacles and triumph through disciplined and purposeful pursuits.
The Hierophant > Strength
The Hierophant followed by Strength suggests combining spiritual wisdom with inner fortitude. Embrace traditional teachings, then channel strength and courage. Accept disciplined beliefs with the resilience to face challenges, fostering a powerful balance of mind and spirit.
The Hierophant > The Hermit
The Hierophant followed by The Hermit may suggest gathering knowledge and gaining wisdom through a structured system. Formal teachers or mentors may feature, most particularly in spiritual or learning institutions. A spiritual journey may feature for some.
The Hierophant > Wheel of Fortune
The Hierophant followed by The Wheel of Fortune can bring change to a traditional and structured system as life enters a new cycle. Accepting traditional guidance may help to navigate the twists and turns of fate and destiny.
The Hierophant > Justice
The Hierophant leading to Justice can suggest balancing traditional values with a sense of justice to ensure ethical decisions are guided by higher principles. This combination may represent the higher structures within the legal system, courts etc. Contracts and legal documents with large organisations or formal institutions may feature for some.
The Hierophant > The Hanging Man
The Hierophant followed by The Hanging Man can suggest a pause in proceedings, where an unconventional approach and some lateral thinking may need to be applied to traditional rules or a structured system. Some may view this combination as one of spiritual enlightenment. Depending upon context, on a mundane level The Hanging Man can indicate a suspended situation and delays with a large organisation or traditional institution (such as, hospital, university, government department, marriage).
The Hierophant > Death
The Hierophant leading to Death can bring major change and transformation to a situation involving a large organisation or a traditional institution. Death breaks down the structured systems indicated by the Hierophant to bring closure to the matter. Depending upon context (please check for other cards to reinforce these aspects), it may show the end of a marriage, or a burial/memorial service.
The Hierophant > Temperance
The Hierophant leading to Temperance can suggest patience and moderation in dealing with a structured system or traditional values to bring harmony and balance to the matter. Depending upon context, it may show hospitals and healing, or compromise to bring renewal and healing to marriage.
The Hierophant > The Devil
The Hierophant followed by The Devil signifies a clash between traditional values and temptations. Adopt structured wisdom to deal with destructive tendencies or influences. The Devil can bring out the darker side of a large organisation or traditional institution.
The Hierophant > The Tower
The Hierophant with The Tower can signal a shake-up in traditional beliefs. There may be unexpected changes or sudden upheavals with a large organisation or an institution that operates within set systems – the Tower breaks down the structures.
The Hierophant > The Star
The Hierophant with The Star may signify aligning spiritual wisdom with hope and inspiration. Embrace structured beliefs, then aspire to higher ideals. For some, mentors or teachers may provide helpful guidance that brings optimism and improvement, or bright prospects with a large establishment.
The Hierophant > The Moon
The Hierophant together with The Moon can suggest veiled activity with a large establishment or traditional institution, all may not be as it seems, and it creates an element of uncertainty. For some, it may indicate spiritual mysticism, or a balance of traditional beliefs and the hidden insights of the subconscious.
The Hierophant > The Sun
The Hierophant followed by The Sun brings a positive outlook and successful dealings with a large establishment or traditional institution. An improvement to vitality and well-being following hospital visit. A happy marriage may be indicated for some.
The Hierophant > Judgement
The Hierophant with Judgement may suggest a revival of traditional or spiritual values. A connection with a large establishment or institution is resurrected and brought back to life. For some, it may indicate marriage reconciliation or renewal of vows.
The Hierophant > The World
The Hierophant leading to The World can represent successful completion and triumphant achievement in connection with a large organisation or institution (university, hospital, church, government department, or large company).
The Hierophant > Ace of Wands
Tradition guides new passions. The Hierophant's wisdom paves the way for a burst of creative energy with the Ace of Wands. As a progression of events it suggests new work or a new venture connected to a large establishment or traditional institution.
The Hierophant > Two of Wands
Traditional wisdom (The Hierophant) meets collaborative vision (Two of Wands). A dynamic partnership that blends structure with shared exploration to initiate plans moving forward. A working partnership or collaboration with an institution or large organisation.
The Hierophant > Three of Wands
Structured knowledge fuels expansive visions, paving the way for exploration and growth. Can indicate progress and the early stages of success with plans connected to an institution or large establishment. Commercial ventures or a business mentor may be relevant for some.
The Hierophant > Four of Wands
Depending upon context (question, spread, and other cards present) The Hierophant together with the Four of Wands can suggest a wedding, most particularly where a church or religious building features. In other matters, the Four of Wands brings harmony and stability to structured organisations or institutions.
The Hierophant > Five of Wands
The Hierophant imparts wisdom, but the Five of Wands suggests that conflicts arise. Traditional values may clash, challenging the established order. A dynamic tension can test and reshape the foundations. Petty obstacles with traditional institutions or a structured establishment.
The Hierophant > Six of Wands
The Hierophant's wisdom leads to triumph. The Six of Wands heralds success, recognition, and validation. Traditional knowledge may propel you into the spotlight where you may be acknowledged for achievements and leadership. May indicate promotion with a large organisation.
The Hierophant > Seven of Wands
Traditional values may face opposition, requiring resilience and courage to maintain your beliefs. You may feel defensive but are prepared to stand your ground and fight your corner in connection with an institution or structured system.
The Hierophant > Eight of Wands
The Hierophant imparts wisdom and traditional values, setting the stage for rapid positive developments. For some, good news coming in swiftly from a large establishment or institution.
The Hierophant > Nine of Wands
Traditional values can provide strength that allows you to persevere and protect what matters. If you’re dealing with a large establishment then it may feel like an uphill struggle, but you can persevere through the challenges.
The Hierophant > Ten of Wands
The structured institutions of The Hierophant leads to burdens in the Ten of Wands. Traditional foundations or establishments may bring responsibilities that feel overwhelming, balance will be required to lighten the load.
The Hierophant > Page of Wands
The Hierophant leading to the Page of Wands can suggest news and messages concerning work, particularly related to large organisations, institutions, and establishments with highly structured systems.
The Hierophant > Knight of Wands
The Hierophant followed by the Knight of Wands can indicate a change or residence, possibly following marriage. In work matters connected to traditional establishments it may bring relocation or additional travel.
The Hierophant > Ace of Cups
The Hierophant followed by the Ace of Cups suggests traditional values nurture new beginnings, fostering love, compassion, and profound emotional connections. For those single it can indicate the start of a new relationship. For those attached, it represents a new beginning for love and happiness for the traditional family unit and filled with emotional abundance. For some, it can suggest the emotional new beginnings of married life.
The Hierophant > Two of Cups
The Hierophant's wisdom meets unity in the Two of Cups. Traditional values blend harmoniously, forming deep connections. Relationships, guided by shared principles, flourish with emotional resonance and understanding. An indication of marriage for some.
The Hierophant > Three of Cups
The Hierophant together with the Three of Cups can indicate religious gatherings and celebrations and, for some, can indicate a wedding. Celebrations are surrounded by traditional values, fostering harmonious connections and shared happiness among friends.
The Hierophant > Four of Cups
The Hierophant leading to the Four of Cups can suggest feeling discontent in relation to a traditional institution or establishment. This may lead to introspection due to a sense of emotional detachment. For some, it may indicate boredom within a marriage or dissatisfaction with a traditional relationship.
The Hierophant > Five of Cups
The Hierophant followed by the Five of Cups can indicate disappointments with traditional values, urging reflection on emotional losses and the potential for healing through introspection. For some, it can suggest marriage upsets, although all forms of traditional institutions or structured establishments may be relevant, depending upon context.
The Hierophant > Six of Cups
The Hierophant together with the Six of Cups can represent traditional values that nurture heartfelt connections, fostering innocence, and sweet memories in relationships. For some, it may suggest people or places from the past connected to a structured establishment.
The Hierophant > Seven of Cups
The Hierophant's wisdom meets the whimsical illusions of the Seven of Cups. Traditional values face choices, navigating through diverse dreams and fantasies, and urges discernment in pursuing an authentic and realistic path.
The Hierophant > Eight of Cups
The Hierophant leading to the Eight of Cups can suggest walking away from traditional values or an institution. This may lead to a soul-searching journey to seek deeper meaning and emotional fulfilment beyond established norms.
The Hierophant > Nine of Cups
The Hierophant followed by the Nine of Cups may indicate a wish fulfilled connected to an establishment with structured systems or a traditional institution. Traditional values contribute to emotional fulfilment, manifesting as joy, abundance, and satisfaction in the personal or spiritual area of life.
The Hierophant > Ten of Cups
The traditional values of The Hierophant creates a foundation for familial bliss. The Ten of Cups signifies emotional fulfilment and harmony, rooted in tradition and culminating in a joyous and united home and family life. An indication of marriage for some, please check surrounding cards for further clarification.
The Hierophant > Page of Cups
The Hierophant's wisdom guides emotions. The Page of Cups heralds emotional messages. Traditional values may inspire an exploration of feelings, bringing imaginative and heartfelt communication. News and messages of an emotional nature being received from a traditional establishment.
The Hierophant > Knight of Cups
The Hierophant followed by the Knight of Cups can indicate an offer, proposal, or invitation, from a large organisation or traditional institution. In the opposite order it may suggest a marriage proposal.
The Hierophant > Ace of Swords
The Hierophant followed by the Ace of Swords can suggest a breakthrough in traditional values, leading to an enlightening revelation or a new intellectual understanding. Triumph over adversity and a fresh new start for a traditional relationship, or connected to a structured establishment.
The Hierophant > Two of Swords
The Hierophant leading to the Two of Swords may imply a struggle with conflicting beliefs or decisions within established structures. Seek balance through thoughtful introspection before committing to a decision. For some it can suggest a situation that’s connected to a large organisation or traditional institution may stall.
The Hierophant > Three of Swords
The Hierophant followed by the Three of Swords can bring stormy emotions connected to an organisation or traditional institution. It may suggest family upheaval or upsets and challenges in marriage.
The Hierophant > Four of Swords
The Hierophant leading to the Four of Swords can indicate a period of rest and contemplation within established beliefs or institutions. Take a break to recharge and recover your position; hospitals may feature for some.
The Hierophant > Five of Swords
The Hierophant followed by the Five of Swords suggests an element of secrecy within traditional structures. Be wary of hidden agendas, or underhanded activity within an organisation or institution, as people may not have your best interests at heart.
The Hierophant > Six of Swords
The Hierophant followed by the Six of Swords signifies a guided transition or journey within established systems. Seek wisdom and assistance to navigate challenges and move towards a more stable future. This combination can suggest a calmer phase on the horizon following challenges within marriage or a traditional style relationship.
The Hierophant > Seven of Swords
The Hierophant represents a large organisation or traditional institution, and the Seven of Swords suggests handling a connected situation with a good deal of care. Ensure you have your strategy lined up and follow accordingly as matters progress.
The Hierophant > Eight of Swords
The Hierophant leading to the Eight of Swords can suggest feeling restricted within traditional beliefs or institutions. Seek guidance to break free from self-imposed limitations and explore new perspectives.
The Hierophant > Nine of Swords
The Hierophant followed by the Nine of Swords can indicate inner turmoil within established structures or beliefs. Seek solace through spiritual guidance to alleviate worry and anxiety to find mental peace. If you work for a large organisation it may suggest career worries.
The Hierophant > Ten of Swords
The Hierophant leading to the Ten of Swords can suggest a disappointing ending, or failed plans, connected to a traditional institution, organisation, or establishment.
The Hierophant > Page of Swords
The Hierophant followed by the Page of Swords can suggest embracing new perspectives and intellectual curiosity within established frameworks. This combination can represent delayed or slightly disappointing news from a traditional institution or organisation.
The Hierophant > Knight of Swords
The Hierophant together with the Knight of Swords may suggest a bold and assertive approach within established beliefs or institutions. Navigate challenges decisively with determination, to uphold principles while seeking progress. Events unfolding at great speed connected to large organisations or institutions.
The Hierophant > Ace of Pentacles
The Hierophant together with the Ace of Pentacles can indicate important documentation or contracts with a financial connection, associated with a large organisation or structured establishment. It suggests a new beginning for wealth and prosperity.
The Hierophant > Two of Pentacles
As a combination, The Hierophant appearing with the Two of Pentacles can suggest confidently maintaining a balance with a large organisation or institution. For some, it can represent dealing with multiple establishments at the same time. If you work for such, then it may indicate multi-tasking or performing multiple roles.
The Hierophant > Three of Pentacles
The Hierophant followed by the Three of Pentacles suggests work connected to a structured establishment or traditional institution. This is usually your main career or vocation but indicates a good level of mastery and skill.
The Hierophant > Four of Pentacles
The Hierophant leading to the Four of Pentacles can represent being prepared to work hard toward material goals in relation to a large establishment. Depending upon context, lending and saving institutions can sometimes be indicated. In marriage or traditional style relationships, it can suggest withholding, or holding back.
The Hierophant > Five of Pentacles
The Hierophant followed by the Five of Pentacles can represent temporary financial loss connected to a large establishment. Can suggest a downward spiritual spiral when all faith and hope feels lost.
The Hierophant > Six of Pentacles
The Hierophant and Six of Pentacles can suggest seeking guidance from a wise mentor. Financial generosity or assistance may come through structured and traditional channels, fostering stability and growth. Charitable organisations may feature for some.
The Hierophant > Seven of Pentacles
The Hierophant and Seven of Pentacles advise reflecting on long-term goals with spiritual guidance. Patience and traditional wisdom cultivate material and spiritual abundance over time. Rewards for invested efforts connected to a structured establishment may feature for some.
The Hierophant > Eight of Pentacles
The Hierophant followed by the Eight of Pentacles can signify dedicated learning within traditional and structured establishments. Mastery of practical skills aligns with spiritual principles, leading to success through disciplined efforts.
The Hierophant > Nine of Pentacles
The Hierophant with the Nine of Pentacles may suggest finding spiritual fulfilment through self-sufficiency. Traditional wisdom guides independent prosperity, creating harmonious balance between material and spiritual abundance whilst staying true to personal values. For some, it may indicate an improvement to finances in connection with a traditional establishment; larger amounts are usually represented, sufficient to allow a comfortable lifestyle.
The Hierophant > Ten of Pentacles
The Hierophant followed by the Ten of Pentacles can represent traditional values leading to family prosperity. Spiritual guidance enhances generational wealth, creating stability and an enduring legacy. A structured establishment connected to the home may feature for some.
The Hierophant > Page of Pentacles
The Hierophant with the Page of Pentacles suggests a teacher or mentor guiding practical endeavours, usually within a traditional institution (higher learning). Learn and apply new skills with traditional wisdom, paving the way for tangible success and growth. For some, news of a material nature from a structured establishment.
The Hierophant > Knight of Pentacles
The Hierophant with the Knight of Pentacles suggests disciplined pursuit of practical goals guided by tradition. Methodical efforts lead to material success with a strong foundation of wisdom. A longstanding situation involving an institution finally comes to fruition.
Ace of Wands > The Hierophant > Two of Swords: A new project stalls, possibly due to bureaucracy.
Four of Wands > The Hierophant > Three of Cups: Church wedding or ceremony of marriage, (also other cards that support marriage interpretation).
The Hierophant > Five of Wands > Seven of Wands: Rebelling against conventions and traditional values, non-conformance.
Two of Swords > The Hierophant > The Hanging Man: Taking trusted advice due to indecision may lead to a fresh perspective but no further movement until matters have been reassessed.
Ten of Pentacles > The Hierophant > Ten of Wands: May feel under pressure and duty bound to do the right thing for family obligations.
The Hermit > The Hierophant > The Fool: Taking advice from elders or wise teachers and then disregarding it, forging a fresh and unconventional path free from recognised structures.
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