The Hierophant Tarot Card

The Hierophant Tarot Card Says “Do The Right Thing”

We can be ‘heroes’ for more than one day! If we do the right thing!

The Hierophant in a tarot card deck is not actually a ‘hero’ but its appearance at a psychic reading could be taken as a call to take a principled course of action.

Doing the right thing – a psychic may suggest in answer to a question about “what’s the best way” to deal with your current situation – may be to simply take a more traditional approach.

So what exactly is The Hierophant?

The Hierophant is sometimes also called ‘The Pope’ because the image, “symbolises… all things that are righteous and sacred”, according to A. E. Waite (2 October 1857 – 19 May 1942), the co-creator in December 1909 of the popular, widely-used Rider-Waite Tarot deck. It’s very likely that a psychic you may consult will use a Rider-Waite deck at a reading!

The word ‘hierophant’ comprises two words: hiero – meaning “sacred” or “priestly”, and phant – from the Ancient Greek verb “phaino”, meaning “to show”. Combined, the Hierophant is a person, such as a priest, who reveals / interprets sacred mysteries or principles. He appears seated on a throne between two pillars symbolising law and liberty or obedience and disobedience, with the “keys to Heaven” at his feet. The imagery suggests that complying with the traditional way of doing things can open the door to a desired outcome.

However, the image may not necessarily be strictly identified with a religious figure. In today’s world, the image of The Hierophant may also translate as a teacher, therapist or counsellor offering vital knowledge and guidance. So, time to listen to the informed and the proven!

A traditional method rather than seek a novel solution

While the purpose of The Hierophant is to bring the spiritual into the material world, within a psychic reading we may redefine the spiritual as “meaningful information” providing insight. Individuals grow and learn by being with others within a group culture. The Hierophant symbolises shared identity, feelings, values and action that create structure, and instil order and meaning to everyday life.

The answer of The Hierophant to a specific question may point to accepting an established social or moral order. It’s appearance may be interpreted as the need to follow pre-set rules or a traditional method rather than seek a novel solution. Instead of asserting one’s individuality and uniqueness, the suggestion is to surrender to a collective or group tradition as represented by an institution and their values.

This could mean the normally fiercely independent person becoming involved with a group, working within the rules and gaining positive insight from the experience. If the question concerns a financial situation, the suggestion may be to seek conservative professional advice in handling money rather than relying on a speculative approach, i.e. “taking a chance”.

Differing possibilities to address individual energies

It should also be pointed out that when the image does show up in a card spread, the information being conveyed needs to be carefully attuned to the specific enquirer’s circumstances. As with the way any card in a Tarot pack is laid, there are different possibilities to address individual energies.

While The Hierophant points to a need to follow a programme or embrace tradition, at other times we should endeavour to trust ourselves. Alternatively, the card may suggest that a present group structure or situation may be perceived as being too restrictive and not allowing enough individual expression. This could be causing a conflict between the enquirer’s idea of “doing the right thing” and those of others around them.

Attention must be paid to how the card is presented in an individual spread. If the Hierophant appears in the upright position, then the spirit energy appears directed towards seeking counsel or advice, learning, guidance, and knowledge. It may also suggest alignments with formality and conventions, such as marriage or similar traditions. In the reversed position, The Hierophant may be interpreted in its negative aspect such as, a crisis or breakdown reached, possibly poor counsel or guidance, a rejection of group values and traditions.

A way to survive a present crisis by offering good, practical advice

The image might also be taken as a warning against being too fearful of change, especially in matters of tradition and ethics. The Hierophant can act as a reminder that the aim of a tradition is to keep alive the spirit of the message which binds the group together.

The appearance of The Hierophant aims to provide a way to survive a present crisis by offering good, practical advice as well as a “spiritual” assurance as defined by long-held or ancestral tradition.

Even at the lowest point of doubt, confusion or fear, the Hierophant offers a route to redemption – a reminder that you are never alone. In the modern world, The Hierophant may only be a phone call, click or a touch away.

Forever and ever… more than just one day!


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