The Hierophant Tarot Card Meanings and Combinations
V The Hierophant Correspondences:
Astrology: Associated with Taurus
Keywords & phrases:
Tradition and convention, conformity, institutions.
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 also represent the traditional family unit, or marriage, particularly when appearing with other marriage cards. This is a card of conforming to certain standards and an accepted set of structures, principles, and expectations. Recognised institutions or large organisations that have set procedures are often indicated by this card too.
The Hierophant may also suggest a wise teacher or knowledgeable mentor, someone we hold in high regard that can provide advice and assistance. With the Hierophant we follow the path and work within the rules, tow the line, and do what is expected from us within guiding morals and principles.
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 Card Combinations:
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.
The Hierophant > Five of Pentacles: Spiritual spiral with loss of faith and hope.
The Hierophant > Ten of Pentacles: Stability of the traditional home and family unit. Also...
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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