The Hierophant Traits
As we have been discussing in previous articles, there are 22 cards in Major arcana, each depicting the various stages of the journey of The Fool from arrival into a new life to final glory. So after meeting with The Empress and The Emperor, The Fool encounters The Hierophant. Now we will look at The Hierophant Traits.
Right before meeting with the Hierophant, The Fool is full of doubt. What if he is on the wrong road and his struggle is for naught? What if the goals and plans that he works hard for are taken away? What if everything is a lie? As you see The Fool is full of doubt and fears. He does not believe in himself and so now is the right time to meet with The Hierophant.
This card is associated with gaining the wisdom needed to make the right decision. The positive aspect of The Hierophant is a man or a teacher who leads you to find the answers within yourself. The negative aspect of The Hierophant leads you towards rules and dogmas that won’t set you free. Such examples of this are governments, some of the laws that are enforced by the police force, and most teachings of religious bodies. Yet, a true teacher will lead you to find that aspect of yourself that is connected with the Source, so that you become confident to make your own right decisions.
The Hierophant teaches you that the right answer and the right decision is within you. When The Fool meets with The Hierophant he asks what to do right now, however, The Hierophant (as always) tells him that the right decision is within him, saying that the right decision is the one which he thinks right now. Yes, he can give up right now because The Fool is full of doubt and fears, and fears rule him right now, but The Hierophant says that The Fool will always regret his decision. The Fool should ask his inner self what is right for him, and the answer will follow.
The Hierophant is associated with shamans, spiritual leaders, and Chiron etc. However, for some, the Pope that appears on the card represents this same wisdom, but unfortunately, all religions that are controlled by rules and dogmas are the negative side of The Hierophant. In his purest form, he is the keeper of spiritual knowledge and the vehicle for change, because he imparts his knowledge to help empower others, but whenever he uses his knowledge to control or suppress those around him, here we see the reverse aspect of The Hierophant so take note of this when the card falls reversed.
The Hierophant is the counterpart of The High Priestess. This card is fully associated with spirituality and religion. The Hierophant knows the secrets of the inner chamber that are often spoken of by those who have reached high levels in their spiritual training. That’s why he asks everyone to listen to their inner voice. The right answer and the right decision is always within us, we just have to dig deep. The High Priestess and The Hierophant are different in some ways.
For example, The High Priestess has esoteric knowledge just like The Hierophant but she keeps this knowledge and does not give it to just anyone. Unlike The High Priestess, The Hierophant has this religious knowledge to show and admonishes the person who is full of doubts and fears. The Hierophant spends his entire life studying every religion and wisdom of spirituality, therefore he knows all the truth and wisdom and he wants to admonish every doubtful person that the right decision is within them because everyone is powerful if they will only listen to their inner voice.
Now we’ll talk about the key factors for which The Hierophant is known. As was stated previously, The Hierophant is associated firstly with deep religious and spiritual knowledge and education, and secondly, he is very intellectual. He is also associated with leadership because he is the leader of religious and/or spiritual groups where he unites people through his teachings. He is known for his self-discipline and he enjoys this requirement of the journey because being self-disciplined is how he manages to reach the level that he is at.
The Hierophant is also associated with power and respect due to his vast and superior knowledge of spiritual things. He had great dedication to studying all the religious and spiritual knowledge of the world, therefore he is associated with the belief systems of human beings. Having studied so many different teachings, his mind is combined with all the religions and that’s why he is associated with belief systems. He is also known as an Enlightener because he always seeks for deeper knowledge in every aspect of spirituality.
The Hierophant is also linked with tradition because he knows every tradition of each religion. He is also associated with experience because he is full of religious experience. As you see he holds huge religious power but he is not abusing it. His main mission is to bless and enlighten people who are full of doubts.
The Hierophant sits on the stone chair which is created for religious leaders. He holds his right hand in a different manner. This definitely means the benediction. This position of his raised right hand and his two fingers pointing symbolises spiritual and religious well-being and of course blessings of love. Everyone is welcome to meet with The Heirophant, with the religious leader and he will bless them with love and with spiritual blessings.
In the centre of the card at the front there are two keys which mean that The Hierophant can unlock every door of religion because he knows how. Notice that the two keys are golden and silver, and they are crossed. These keys symbolise the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven. The Hierophant is the mediator and translator between God and the people.
The Hierophant is also holding the staff and this staff has a triple cross. The first one means – the father, the second one – the son, and the third one means the third aspect of the Trinity, which unknown to some is the feminine aspect, a woman. Religion has long failed to acknowledge the feminine aspect of the Trinity, so most religious groups call the third part of the Trinity the Holy Ghost or the Holy Spirit. The staff also symbolises the supreme authority of The Hierophant over people.
As you know, tarot and the zodiac are tightly connected with each other. So The Hierophant is associated with the zodiac sign of Taurus. Taurus is linked with the earth and is ruled by the moon. Just like The Hierophant, zodiac sign Taurus is associated with the beginning of something new because you think that this is right.
If The Hierophant appears in your reading you’re being encouraged to listen to your own intuition, and if you are full of doubts and fears, just relax. Listen to your inner voice and the right answer will follow. The main thing is that this right answer should be coming from deep inside of you. Go and sit quietly and wait for the information to seep through. If you have some problem in your work, this card means that you should wait a little while and the right answer will come. Never make a choice that you will regret for your whole life. Just seek the right answer within you and everything will be good.
Thanks for reading,
Psychic Madeline Rose
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