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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.



 0 The Fool

 1 The Magician

 2 The High Priestess

 3 The Empress

 4 The Emperor

 5 The Hierophant

 6 The Lovers

 7 The Chariot

 8 Strength

 9 The Hermit

10 The Wheel of Fortune

11 Justice

12 The Hanged Man

13 The Death Card

14 Temperance

15 The Devil

16 The Tower

17 The Star

18 The Moon

19 The Sun

20 Judgement

21 The World

Ace of Cups

Ace of Wands

Ace  of Pentacles

Ace of Swords





The Hierophant - Meaning of the Symbols.

The Hierophant tarot cardThe 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 growth.

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 the other.

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 truths.

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.


Defining keywords
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 others.

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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