The Hierophant sits on a throne in front of two monks. He is wearing clothes of white and blue, symbolizing purity and spiritualism respectively. His robe is red, the color of life. In the religious realms, he is the supreme leader, represented by the three-tiered crown he wears, its height reaching to the heavens. The staff in his left hand is gold and has three gold bars, a symbol of unity. With his right hand, he is giving a blessing.
His throne sits between two Roman pillars with a stone-grey background. The monks are identical, only differing in their robes. One is covered in red roses, representing magic, while the other blue flowers. Although the monks are looking at the Hierophant, he looks straight ahead.
Despite the Hierophants kingdom is a spiritual one, he is still an emperor of sorts. His path to Heaven is paved by laws and regulation, of study and learning. The monks at the Hierophant’s feet are studying, pondering on those rules that are included in their devotion. They will need to pass the Hierophant to reach Heaven, as he represents God on Earth.
This card points to the how and where of your education and how you conform to the culture you have learnt. It indicates the belief system you have. It also represents how well you hold fast to your learning.
In a tarot reading, this card shows how you camouflage yourself with others or meet people’s expectations. It is a warning that if you wish to rise, you need to stick to the rules. The Hierophant is about the benefits of compliance. You might be the one to conform or you may expect conformity from others.
To some extent, the Hierophant opposes individuality, but for the purpose of something grander than you. You are capable of overthrowing your ego so that you can take part in something larger.
The Hierophant suggests there is an authority figure, perhaps in work or an educational institution that is expecting you to surrender your individuality and conform. It might show a person who is inflexible when it comes to difference, revolution, and distinction.
Finally, the Hierophant knows his followers are there but does not need to look directly at them. This could mean that you expect compliance and faithfulness because you can hold onto something others want.
The establishments that this card represents can be dictatorial and rioted against and that the fidelity or insisting correct behaviors break down a person’s individuality. This card is a sign that you should walk away from such situations and not follow leaders who have no interest in you for who you are.
Relating to the past, the Hierophant implies you have grown up in a surrounding that has shaped the way you think and feel today. This might be an extremely religious family or even a community with strong ethnic ties. Instead of following the crowd, you need to start learning to think for yourself.
You may have discovered a new belief system or maybe a new cause to fight for. There is no need to be irrational if you are feeling restless; you need a plan before you take action. Search deeper into your areas of interest so that you can learn more about yourself.
There is no need for you to plan. Let the future find its own path as things will work out the way they should. Don’t get caught up in the little things because something amazing is coming your way.
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