Tarot Study ~ Major Arcana/The Hierophant




5 The Hierophant

Keywords: conformity; church; theology; rules and regulations; “the box” (that one some people can’t get out of); rigidity

Archetypes: nuns; the Pope; your teacher; the principal; the city counsel





Astrological Sun Sign/Taurus

Upright Interpretation:

It’s sort of strange that a card supposedly connected with conformity and morality, linking it to traditional spirituality, shares correspondences for both the planet and the element as Earth. It’s too grounded to be spiritual, really spiritual. It’s too grounded in rigidity, married to conformity, giving birth to stubbornness (Taurus). “They” (the establishment, or formal religious mainstream) just don’t “get it”. They’re so busy following the rules that they loose sight of the vision.

Reversed Interpretation:

Everyone is standing on their head; it’s topsy-turvey time, nothing is as it seems. And the really cool thing here is that events are going to come to a great big impressive culmination, maybe with a confrontation, or perhaps just a quiet but firm declaration. The most important thing is that the shackles are off and someone has discovered their voice, discovered their inner strength, found their back bone. This might have been a long time coming, working it’s way through lots of opposition and tradition. Rejoice, now that you’ve found your voice. Go stand on a mountain top and sing!

Study Questions:

1. What is your first impression of this card?

2. What does this card mean to You?

3. Are there details on this card that especially stand out for you? If so, write them down and explain.

4. How does this card define relationships?

5. How does this card define financial circumstances?

6. How is this card relevant to health issues?

Affirmations for Meditation:

1. I celebrate Spirit, and Spirit celebrates me.

2. I take the High Road.

3. When Spirit calls, I will listen.

4. I will touch at least one soul with inspiration.

5. I Am.

A Tarot Reading for The Hierophant:
The Hierophant ~ 5/swords; 6/swords; The Magician ®

In his fight to maintain conformity and to spread it to the rest of the world, this character has fought many battles.  The result of this is that he may have carried away from these battles the occasional chip that can be found on his shoulder.  The Hierophant may feel smug in his many little victories, but he is not looking at the big picture, he’s not seeing what was lost in the melee.  “Was it worth it?”, you ask The Hierophant, and in the rapture of his victory, steeped in the aroma of his conformity, he will say, “Yes.”

The Hierophant has quite possibly left behind many things in his life to place his causes and projects at the forefront of his life.  But what has been left in the wake?  Is he even aware of what he might have lost in the mad dash to be an exemplary Shining Knight of Light and Justice to the world?  How many relationships have fallen by the way side, relationships of all kinds?  How many lovers have been thrown from the mountaintop because they did not meet his strict ideas of what they should be?  How much of the simple life has he missed, those little things found most often right at our feet, because his head was raised in stubborn indignation at the rest of the world?

The rigidity of The Hierophant has cost him more than he probably will ever realize.  The one thing he has lost that would confound him the most, if you could get him to admit it, is power.  In adhering to such rigid conformity, not allowing for movement of free thinking, The Hierophant has lost the power he so idolizes.

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