Traditions, spiritual wisdom, religious beliefs, conformism, conventionalityGo to Upright Meaning
Rebellion, personal beliefs, freedom, unconventionality, challengingGo to Reversed Meaning
A Pope and two onlooking Cardinals who gaze at the wisdom and quake at his feet in anticipation of what he will espouse to them. A stately, sober figure with a stone gaze, unwelcoming and authoritative to men alone for the Divine is to whom he softens his countenance in the face of His light.
Two stone white pillars flank him as he sits on a throne of the same. A Pope’s hat with 3 gold tiers to the heavens sits upon his head and an under garment shields his ears to his neck and another to his shoulders. His neck is concealed by a green under garment and white cover his arms. His left hand sits a scepter with two crosses one small and one large. His right hand of manifestation is showing two fingers to the heavens in a mudra.
Crosses adorne his red robes down the button line from chest to foot and two crosses upon his shoes of red who rest upon a red platform. There are two upright skeleton keys on the front of the platform crossing one o’er the other.
Hierophant Tarot Card Meanings
Upright Card Meaning
The Hierophant represents the power of established religion, in its worldly and spiritual forms. Like the societal rules represented by The Emperor, the religious establishment and doctrines of established Churches have a reputation for stifling creative practitioners in spiritual circles. However, there is much wisdom to be found in established religious traditions. You do not need to reinvent the metaphorical wheel in your spiritual practice. By drawing on the wisdom of the ancients that is transmitted through official doctrine, you help build the foundation of your own code of morality, ethics and spirituality.
The Hierophant invites you to go deeper in your learning journey when it comes to the dogmatic traditions you are interested in. Perhaps you achieve this through self-study, or The Hierophant represents a trusted mentor or teacher. A good spiritual guide can help you understand religious traditions and even go deeper in spiritual doctrines.
The Hierophant is a reminder to respect that which has come before you and to have humility on your spiritual journey. Do not throw the wisdom of thousands of years and thousands of devotees that came before you away because you think your discoveries alone will fuel you.
Hierophant Tarot Card Meanings
Reversed Card Meaning
The Hierophant Reversed has no place in the well-trodden paths of established spiritual traditions. While there is wisdom to be found in traditional dogma, the forces that wield it often use it to suppress dissent and independent thought. Do not be afraid to challenge orthodoxy of thought. Your original ideas may cause you conflict with society, but it is worth it in order to stay true to yourself. If you cannot find a guide to lead you on your original path, you are worthy of being your own teacher.
However, The Hierophant Reversed warns you against becoming gullible in your quest for original ideas. This may seem counterintuitive, but think about conspiracy theorists. In their effort to challenge societal dogma, people fall on the first explanation they find that appeals to them for its difference from accepted wisdom—not because it has any inherent wisdom of its own! Do not chase cryptids and secret cabals instead of chasing the truth.
The Hierophant Reversed reminds us that all true, successful rebellions, whether they are private or mass mobilizing in nature, are driven by the quest for truth and a better life, not just anger against the establishment.
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