The Hierophant and I go way back. In fact, this card often shows up in my personal yearly forecast reading. Last year, it showed up as the energy of the overall year. This totally made sense as I was stepping into being a Wheel of the Year ritual facilitator for a semi-traditional church community. Another as the energy of a specific relationship and the imagery of that particular deck was, well… A little spicy and to tell you that story, we’d need to be in Living LUNA After Dark).
The Hierophant has always invited me to look at my relationship with traditional structures, whether it is breaking out of them, redefining them, or even leaning in. It’s probably not hard to imagine that I usually chose to break out or redefine traditions given who I am and what I stand for. The Hierophant’s traditional imagery, especially when they’re decked out in religious imagery, can make me feel nauseous at best. However, I am very much a spiritual person, so the rituals honored by this archetype are very much aligned with who I have uncovered I am: a Spiritual Leader.
I walk in the vibration of freedom, authenticity, and alignment and invite others to find that in themselves too. Although I am a teacher, I understand we ALL have the answers within us that we need to thrive. Spiritual attunement helps us access those answers with the inner authority society often disconnects us from.
Symbolism and Interpretations
The Hierophant represents tradition and spirituality. In the Rider-Waite deck, the card features a pope-like figure sitting on a throne, flanked by two acolytes. The Hierophant is often associated with organized religion, but can also represent established social structures or patriarchal authority.
The symbolism of the card is rich and layered. In the Rider-Waite-Smith deck, the Hierophant is depicted as a seated figure dressed in papal robes, holding a staff and a set of keys. Two acolytes kneel before him, while in the background, two pillars flank a veil. The Hierophant’s robes and staff are adorned with crosses and other religious symbols, emphasizing the card’s connection to traditional spiritual practices. The two acolytes at the Hierophant’s feet represent the duality of the spiritual journey, as well as the need for guidance and support from those who have gone before us.
The Hierophant represents the search for spiritual truth and the importance of tradition in this search. The staff he holds symbolizes his authority and the keys represent the knowledge he possesses. The two acolytes kneeling before him represent the two paths that can be taken in the quest for spiritual truth: one path that involves seeking guidance from an authority figure, and one path that involves seeking knowledge on one’s own.
The pillars and veil in the background represent the duality of the spiritual path. The veil represents the hidden knowledge that can only be revealed through spiritual practice, while the pillars represent the earthly realm and the physical world.
When the Hierophant appears in a Tarot reading, it may represent a need for guidance and structure in one’s spiritual life. It may also represent the need to question tradition and authority, and to seek out one’s own path. Ultimately, the Hierophant reminds us of the importance of balance and duality in our spiritual journey.
Affirmation: “I am an unlimited spiritual being.”
Keywords: Tradition, Religion, and Spiritual Guidance.
- What was the most spiritual experience you have ever had?
- How have you been guided by your spirituality?
- What traditions do you joyously participate in?
- What role does tradition play in my life and my spiritual practices?
- How do I feel about authority figures and established societal structures?
- Am I seeking guidance or support from someone with more experience or knowledge than myself?
- How can I balance my desire for structure and tradition with my need for personal growth and exploration?
The April Fool – Sowing the Seeds of Curiosity
Here in the Living LUNA community, our theme for April is “Sowing the Seeds of Curiosity!” Throughout the month of April, we’ll explore the journey of the Fool alongside the symbolism of the Major Arcana cards from Tarot. Each archetype offers opportunities for self-reflection! Follow along or participate in our community by joining our Discord server at: Discord.me/LivingLUNA
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Read: The Fool Blog here.
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Read: The High Priestess Blog here.
Read: The Empress Blog here.
Read: The Emperor Blog here.
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