The HIEROPHANT Tarot Card Meaning

The Hierophant tarot card is the male equivalent of The High Priestess card. In some decks this card is call The High Priest. The Hierophant tarot card stands for knowledge in the physical world. And he represents “the pope” which indicates religious structure and dogma. In most tarot card decks the Hierophant is raising his right hand very similar to The Magician. But the Hierophant is giving his blessing to his flock.  At his feet lie two crossed keys which represent the keys to the kingdom. These keys unlock the mysteries between the conscious and unconscious minds.


This tarot card indicates that we should do the right thing in relation to established order and structure. It’s time to stand up for your own beliefs and spiritual practices. You should follow what society deems as structured norms. Now is not the time to deviate from those standards. There is no room for loose interpretation. Nor should you follow what you think might be the right thing to do. The Hierophant establishes what we should and could do in all areas of society and our lives. There is a fixed way of doing things when this tarot card is present.

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The Hierophant Tarot Card Meaning

The Hierophant tarot card is more about society and group organizations as opposed to something that occurs within an individual. When he is present in a reading you may benefit from joining an organization or group of people with similar interests. The Hierophant also indicates we may need to join a religious faith or follow our established religious dogma more closely. We must follow rules and regulations for our own personal success.

The Hierophant can also represent a counsellor, either religious or secular, who provides support through difficult times. He can represent a psychiatrist, psycho-therapist, psychologist or analyst who dispenses wisdom and wise counsel. He also represents a teacher, especially one involved in higher learning as well as educational institutions.


The Hierophant tarot card meanings: Religion, beliefs, formal education, tradition and using an orthodox approach. When he is present, you must do what’s expected of you. And all within specific guidelines in place for a long time. The Hierophant tarot card can also indicate marriage or some other type of religious ceremony. It can also indicate in a love tarot reading that the relationship is not of a romantic nature. It will be strictly platonic.


When The Hierophant tarot card is reversed you may feel restricted by preset rules and regulations. Perhaps you are being forced to do something you may not want to do, because it is expected of you. You want to break free from the restrictions that you feel are being placed on your life. And you feel forced to conform to something you don’t want to do. You are a mover and a shaker. And you want to break free from established norms and do things your own way. You also feel more connected to what is unconventional or unorthodox. And so you question whether or not you really feel you are doing the right thing for yourself. In other words, it can be a rebellion against authority and authority figures.

The Hierophant tarot card is ruled by the astrological sign of Taurus. This can usually be used to determine timing in a tarot card reading.

Originally posted on 07/21/2015 @ 6:38 pm