The Hierophant Tarot Card Meaning

The Hierophant Tarot Card Meaning

The Hierophant is the sixth card of the Major Arcana and represents our identity and the way we conform to the rules. He embodies our spiritual or religious beliefs and the way that they shape our lives. He teaches us that our beliefs and our values can pave the way to our success if we allow them. He is the Hierophant because he is a leader. He is often referred to as the Pope, or the Shaman. He is here to guide you on your spiritual journey and teach you what needs to be known.

The Hierophant is the sixth card of the tarot deck and it's numerological value is five. Five is the number of challenge. It suggests a lack of stability with a need for higher guidance in life. Necessary changes must be made in order to grow and evolve.



Upright Keywords

  • Kindness, conformity, religion, group, identification, traditional values, belief, leader


Upright Meanings

The Hierophant is often associated with the Pope and is a card of tradition. Are you wary of change? Do you prefer to stay within your comfort zone where you know what to expect?  Are you happy with following due process and taking an orthodox approach to your life? The Hierophant agrees with this approach to life. Now is not the time to rebel against your beliefs. Do what is expected of you right now. Conform to the rules and situations that are placed before you. Although this may be hard at times, it is a way of learning.

Are you dealing with a force right now that is very set in its way? Do not let this force overwhelm you. Think of it as a challenge put before you, and simply embrace the traditional way of life. If, however, this force goes against everything that you believe in, you must trust your own instincts and stick to your values, but do so in a way that will not offend those around you.

This card also represents learning new things and gaining knowledge through studying. The Hierophant could suggest that an opportunity to learn something new will appear to you soon and he asks that you take it and expand your wisdom.

On the other hand, this card could suggest that you need to brush up on your knowledge of a situation before jumping into. Do your research and know your facts before getting involved because otherwise, it could end in disaster for you.



Reversed Keywords

  • Delayed ambitions, foolishness, restriction, challenging the status quo


 Reversed Meanings

Are you currently feeling imprisoned by the rules and situations surrounding  you? Are you feeling as if you have lost control of your own life? Do you want nothing more than to break free from this traditional way of life that you find yourself in and take back control? The Hierophant urges you to do this if you think that it’s the right thing. If you’re not happy with your way of life or the rules that others have laid out for you, especially if they don’t complement your own beliefs, then you should stand up for yourself and break out of the status quo. Challenge yourself by going out and seeking new opportunities and find what makes you happy.

The Hierophant in this position represents rebellion and questioning tradition and the orthodox approach to life. Have you recently found yourself following the crowd and going along with what everyone else is doing rather than what you want to do? Is this really the way you want to live your life? If the answer is no, do something about it. Stop restricting yourself and break free from the habits that others have created in you. You’re unique and you should be embracing that, not hiding it.


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