The Hierophant (Tarot Card Meaning): major arcana card 5

Card NameThe Hierophant
Card Number5
Arcana Major Arcana, the major stages or lessons of Life
Element  Air
Numerology 5 associated with crises and struggle
Planet / Constellation Jupiter
Plant Sage
Places Places of worship
Meeting room
Marriage agency
Stone / Crystal  Diamond
Hebrew Letter: Vau
Sun Sign Taurus
Affirmation Truth is not only conformity, but value. 
Those who believe they have it.

The Hierophant (Upright) Keywords:

  • Tradition, structure, conformism
  • Share knowledge, teach, learn
  • Obey, follow the rules

The Hierophant (Reversed) Keywords:

  • Break the codes, the rules
  • Under pressure from others
  • Ignore the Sage’s advice


The Hierophant: symbolism

A charismatic figure sits between two columns. His posture recalls that of The High Priestess with the difference that here The Hierophant is not alone.

He raises his hand in blessing in front of two monks. In his other hand, he holds a scepter, a symbol of his spiritual authority.

He is the mediator of the Divine word and teaches it to his congregation.


The Hierophant: general description

The Hierophant is the guarantor of the rules which govern the society of men. 

It is a Card which evokes traditions, conventions, habits… and why it is good and wise to respect them. It is therefore a somewhat… “rigid” card. 

It evokes the fact of conforming to the norms of society … which sometimes is right and necessary and which – in other circumstances – is not at all what the heart wants to do!

The Hierophant / The Pope is also a teacher, because he is a mediator between two worlds. His Energy is that of a teacher, a mentor, a coach…

He carries a message or a life lesson regarding the a person’s role in society.

Finally, very literally, the Hierophant can indicate a religious ceremony or a traditional, ritual feast (marriage, baptism, communion, burial …)


The Hierophant Positive Personality Traits

  • Fair and respectable mediator
  • Kindness, honesty, generosity, compassion
  • Wisdom , knowledge, patience, civility

The Hierophant Negative Personality Traits

  • Laxity , outdated principles
  • Sectarism, intolerance, rigor, severity, pedantry
  • Dogmatism, narrow-mindedness , fanaticism, inactivity


The Hierophant (Upright) Meaning

The Hierophant shows Ritual and routine, religious guidance and authority, education in its formal sense.

The Hierophant is a truth seeker, searching for knowledge and wisdom.

The Hierophant indicates good sound advice, teaching and constructive counsel. Sometimes, The Hierophant may indicate marriage, partnerships and morality.

The Hierophant (Upright) Keywords:

  • Tradition, structure, conformism
  • Share knowledge, teach, learn
  • Obey, follow the rules
  • Responsibility in terms of oneself


The Hierophant (Reversed) Meaning

The Hierophant in reversed position shows Misleading or dubious advice, poor counsel.

Beware of slander and propaganda. Beware of first impressions. Watch out for the distortion of truth.

Reversed Hierophant card shows a bad time for signing agreements, Misleading advertisements.

The reversed Hierophant also indicates Unconventionality and rejection of family values.

The Hierophant (Reversed) Keywords:

  • Break the codes, the rules
  • Under pressure from others
  • Ignore the Sage’s advice
  • Dubious advice,
  • gossip, untruths,
  • overindulgence,
  • materialism, bars progress.


The Hierophant in Love Tarot Reading

If you are looking for a traditional relationship, in which the roles of the two partners are very “standardized”, then the presence of this Card is a positive sign.

On the other hand, if the relationship does not meet the “standards” of the company – whatever these standards may be – social pressure is strongly felt by you and / or the partner. This could seriously thwart love projects.

It happens that The Hierophant / The Pope announces a marriage or a baptism.

The Hierophant for Love (Positive meaning)

  • Protected union, wise, who can go far
  • Positive union , structured through wisdom and experience

The Hierophant for Love (Negative meaning)

  • Intolerance
  • Worn couple
  • Strong differences in the couple (education, origins, social background …)
  • Not made for each other


The Hierophant in Career Tarot Reading

The Hierophant (The Pope) can translate in your need to “find his place” in a group, in society, which is therefore particularly suited to the professional context. 

The opinion of the other members of the group is then preponderant for you if you seek to be “validated” by your peers.

The Hierophant invites you to identify what is expected of him in your professional context, without abandoning his / her ideas, values ​​or ethics. 

Rather, the Hierophant advises to work “within the system” and not “against” it.

If you plan to do a skills assessment or training, now is the time! You are particularly receptive to the exchange and the acquisition of new skills.

The Hierophant for Career (Positive meaning)

  • Protected professional life
  • Commendable efforts
  • Vocation , favorable orientation
  • Skills, high level training

The Hierophant for Career (Negative meaning)

  • Lack of skills
  • Adverse management opinion
  • Unnecessary stubbornness
  • Misconception of working life


The Hierophant in Finances Tarot Reading

When it comes to Money and Finances, The Hierophant is a conservative. 

It is wise to spend less than you earn, set aside regularly to have savings when needed, and to follow the sound advice of a professional when necessary.

The Hierophant (The Pope) also warns against social pressure. Carrying out reckless purchases to be fashionable or like everyone else is not wise behavior if the finances do not permit it.

In this sense, the Hierophant is a real “killjoy” but… it is for our good!

The Hierophant for Finances (Positive meaning)

  • Good expertise, good management
  • Financial protection , high salary
  • Good mentality towards money, generosity

The Hierophant for Finances (Negative meaning)

  • Excessive demonization of money
  • Bad placement
  • Consequences of the irresponsible past


The Hierophant in Health Tarot Reading

  • Hands, head, lips, heart
  • Breathing, circulation of blood and energies
  • The five senses
  • Infections, contagious diseases
  • Fainting, spasmophilia, epilepsy

The Hierophant in Spirituality Tarot Reading

On the spiritual path, The Hierophant (The Pope) is a Guide who opens all possibilities. Now is the time to explore different traditions and different spiritual currents, to read this book which has been gathering dust for some time.

The Hierophant / The Pope is a very spiritual Card. It invites you to contemplate deep questions: what are your beliefs? What place does spirituality have in your life? What are your values?

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