Interpreting the Hierophant Tarot Card
An introduction to the meaning of the Hierophant tarot card
Iconic, traditional, and institutional, the Hierophant is the condensed symbol of God and belief, projecting a surface level image of all moral and spiritual values present in the universe, pure and absolute in nature. As a mentor the Hierophant promotes routine and ritual, understanding that repetition and obedience are essential in the process of spiritual learning and growth. He is stable and eternal, rooted in orthodoxy and conventionality, acting as a predictable and unchanging route for channelling belief and spirituality.
Each individual's journey toward enlightenment is unique; however, the Hierophant stands watchfully and patiently, wilful to offer his hand in guiding and directing the human soul upon a safe path to his or her spiritual destination. The Hierophant does not impose his structured course upon any human being, but strongly embraces any followers who have independently sought his guidance, providing valuable advice to those willing to adhere to tradition and collegiality. In this sense the Hierophant shares a similar philosophy with many modern religions such as Christianity and Catholicism, requiring a commitment to structure and organization in order to benefit from his teachings. Although the Hierophant demands obedience in return for his spiritual direction, he offers freedom and mobility to those who have gained what they needed from his guidance, and are now equipped and confident in their ability to refine the material of their soul on their own.
The Hierophant tarot card - upright meaning:
Wise and considerate counsel is available.
The Hierophant tarot card - reversed meaning:
Beware of incompetent counsel.
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