The Hierophant – Tarot Card Meaning – Major Arcana Card Number 5 (V)

Description of The Hierophant Tarot Card:

The Hierophant is a wise man, sort of a pope. He looks spiritual. He looks divine. He looks young but his hair is white. This card is the masculine counterpart of the High Priestess card.

One hand of the hierophant is raised in blessing position. His 3 fingers are pointing towards the roof and 2 to the floor. His other hand holds a staff with 3 horizontal lines. Indicating.

The Hierophant is wearing a long red robe above white and blue clothes. Red colour shows his power and authority. The robe has white lined yolk in the Shape of letter ‘Y’. There are 2 crosses or plus signs in place of buttons. He is wearing white shoes, which too have a cross marked on them.

The Hierophant wears a big, 3 layered golden crown. Yellow ribbons extend from his crown to his red robe.

He is sitting one a throne. The throne has high back and has geometric design.  The throne is standing on a pedestal which is red in colour. This too has a design of crosses in circle. The pedestal has a while and black checked design too. There are 2 keys kept at his feet. They are keys are kept in crossed manner. This indicates the Hierophant is guarding some knowledge which will be made available to his followers.    

The throne stands in between 2 pillars. The pillars have beautiful carvings.

There are 2 middle aged men piously standing in front of the Hierophant, facing him. They both are bale. One is wearing a robe with red design. The other is wearing a robe with blue design. Both are wearing a ‘Y’ shaped belt. They both look like his disciples.  

The number 3 is seen times in this card : The 3 layers of the crown, the 3 stubs on top of the crown, the 3 fingers pointing upwards, the 3 horizontal lines on the staff of The Hierophant, the 3 crosses on his robe, the 3 colours in The Hierophant’s robe. This 3 indicates the Father, the son and the holy ghost OR the mind, soul and the higher soul.

Upright “The Hierophant” Tarot Card meaning:

Upright “The Hierophant” card indicates spiritual teachings and learnings, teacher, guru, divinity, respect, tradition, convention.

When The Hierophant card appears in a reading, it asks you to increase your spiritual knowledge. You may read more books or find a guru to guide you on spiritual path. It suggests that the path of  social tradition will be right for you.

Reverse or Upside-down “The Hierophant” Tarot Card Meaning:

Reverse meaning of “The Hierophant” card indicates wrong teachings, false gurus.

When this card appears upside down in a reading, beware that the person who is guiding you might be deceitful. This card indicates that you may be feeling low due to the restrictions of society and tradition. You can evaluate the traditions and adopt only that are suitable to you.

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