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5. The Hierophant
Sometimes displayed as V The
Hierophant, it is one of the 78 cards in a Tarot deck that make up the Major Arcana
or Trump Cards. It is also the fifth Trump of the 22 Trump cards in most decks.
2 The High
6 The Lovers
7 The Chariot
9 The Hermit
10 The Wheel of
12 The Hanged Man
13 The Death Card
15 The Devil
16 The Tower
17 The Star
18 The Moon
19 The Sun
21 The World
Ace of Cups
Ace of Wands
Ace of Pentacles
Ace of Swords
The Hierophant - Meaning of the Symbols.
The Hierophant in tarot is a wise but traditional counsellor who
symbolizes the path to spiritual enlightenment, he sits between the
pillars of good and evil. On his left hand 2 fingers point up and 2
down, they represent the link between the heavens and earth. The
lavish yellow head dress symbolizes intelligence and wisdom, the
tiers represent the material, formative and creative worlds. Bald
heads symbolize letting go of the material world to search for
spiritual enlightenment. The Keys symbolize the locked mysteries
between man and woman. The three crosses on staff and tunic
symbolize the mind, body and soul.
The Hierophant can show you the traditional ways to spirituality,
but are they the right ways for the modern world.
In older decks, the Hierophant Tarot card was once referred to as
the Pope or High Priest. In Tarot symbolism, the Hierophant is a
symbol of the Spiritual Father. He is the wise teacher and, for
many, he is the symbol of the religious institution. In Tarot
readings, the Hierophant reminds us that there is much more to life
than the ordinary. His teachings remind us that we must abide by
spiritual principles in order to gain a deeper understanding of our
purpose in this world. He is the card of social order, conformity
and traditional values. He is also an important symbol for spiritual
Tarot Symbolism of the Clergyman and Pillars
One of the most striking features of the traditional imagery of the
Hierophant is his position. The Hierophant sits above two clergymen.
These two clergymen or religious figures are symbolic of both
religion and mysticism. In this regard, both are considered to be
valuable and holy. More importantly, one can not function without
Like the High Priestess, the positions of the pillars represent a
doorway or entrance into the unknown or mystical. Behind the
Hierophant is all that remains unknown or unlearned. In front of him
is the known. It is well organized, structured and orderly. This is
the realm of conformity.
Tarot Symbolism of the Staff and the Hierophants Hand Position
When looking upon the Hierophant Tarot card you can not help but
recognize his hand gesture as it points to the heavens.
Symbolically, this reference the Hierophants association to the
realm of the Heaven or the realm of spirit. In this regard, he
represents the relationship between one’s higher consciousness and
their ego. He is the ultimate symbol of balance as he has learned
how to listen to his inner reality without compromising the
importance of his rational mind. His gesture to the heavens
symbolizes the importance of spiritual principles and that these
principles have authority over all others.
His golden staff further illustrates his authority over spiritual
matters. Some believe that the multi-crossed staff represents
different levels of consciousness. Traditionally, however, the three
crosses on the staff represent rituals or rites of passage. Should
one wish to achieve spiritual enlightenment, they would have to
undergo various rites of passages to attain spiritual wisdom.
The Tarot Symbolism of the Keys
Beneath the Hierophants feet rests two keys. They are linked and
cross one another. Symbolically, these represent the keys to heaven,
the Divine, or the House of God. These are the keys to spiritual
truths which the Hierophant always holds sacred. Yet, at the same
time, the Hierophant acknowledges the significance of the secular
and teaches us how to implement the spiritual in our ordinary lives.
He represents the link between our outer perceptions and our inner
The fact that the keys are crossed represents two paths or two ways
of living. One must become conscious of the decisions or choices
that lie before them and that very action must be made in accordance
to one’s value systems.
The Hierophant Correspondences and Associations.
Tradition. Wisdom. Established. Truth. Forgiving. Faith.
Authority. Religion. Conservative.
The Hierophants Meaning.
Someone who steers others away from material concerns. A
spiritual leader or advisor.
The Hierophant Reversed.
Distortion of the truth causes upset. The Hierophant
reversed tells you be sceptical of information given by
Security, Subtle strength, Appreciation, Instruction, Patience
The Sun is in Taurus between about 20th April to 20th May.
Placid, calm and contented, the bull in the meadow will enjoy
the sun on his back and good food to eat, and he'll tolerate
annoying flies, and even people walking through his
field...just so far...but try and make him move when he
doesn't want to and you might as well try until Doomsday. The
Bull of the Zodiac is the same. If your Sun is in Taurus, you
are peace-loving and reliable, your business will prosper and
you'll be practical and tolerant. But no-one in their right
mind should try and make you change yours. And, just as the
bull in the field will charge unexpectedly one day, so the
rare rage of a Taurean is fearful to behold.
If Taurus was rising when you were born, you're not going to
rush out there. You'll take your time, think before deciding
anything, and you'll want to stick with what you know. But
people will love to rely on you, and when you find your mate
you'll be passionate and protective.
4 Ansuz: (A: The As, ancestral god, i.e. Odin.) A revealing
message or insight, communication. Signals, inspiration,
enthusiasm, speech, true vision, power of words and naming.
Blessings, the taking of advice. Good health, harmony, truth,
wisdom. Ansuz Reversed or Merkstave: Misunderstanding,
delusion, manipulation by others, boredom. Vanity and
grandiloquence. (Odin is a mighty, but duplicitous god. He
always has his own agenda.)
4. Ansuz: This is the sovereign divine conscious power of the
god Ódhinn. It can symbolize new life and inspiration, or
promise intellectual gifts or the linguistic gifts of oratory
or poetry. This Rune can symbolize a teacher or a priest. A
connection with the Divine, or the inner self, may be at hand.
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