What Does it Mean When You Draw the Hierophant in a Tarot Reading?

The Hierophant depicts a beautiful place,fancy robes, symbolic pictures and all other outward trappings of religion can help to create atmosphere. People can easily direct their thoughts towards spiritual matters, yet too much concentration on these things may have the opposite effect; some religious and spiritual movements have rejected opulence in favor of the utmost simplicity.

Hierophant is an ancient Greek word meaning a priest who initiates, one who interprets the sacred mysteries. These men were believed to become vessels for spirits in certain rituals.

The Hierophant is ruled by Taurus which governs the second house of the Zodiac. The second house is associated with possessions, money,security, the material world in general. These things seem very far from spiritual realms. However, material belongings can say a lot about a person for they are an outward expression of an inner belief.

While The High Priestess represents a gateway to hidden knowledge and ancient secrets, The Hierophant is also a gateway, but a more conventional one. The basic tarot meaning of the Hierophant is marriage. It relates to the dramatic and traditional elements of marriage. This card suggests the public joining together of two families,two sexes,two destinies. When you draw the Hierophant in a tarot card reading it can signify an old friend, often someone older than you who is able to give you some sound advice.

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You may feel a deep need for routine and you want to eat your meals at same time everyday. You find it difficult to think straight when things are in a state of uncertainty around you, that’s another tarot card meaning of the Hierophant.

When you draw this card in a tarot card reading you may be going to school as a teacher or student. This card also signifies an aspect of personality. It suggests someone who is kind of obsessive compulsive like some one who pays great attention to outer details, regular routine and dislike for anything which disrupts even the usual goings on of everyday life.

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The Hierophant also suggests a person who cares very much about what other people think and likes to keep up with the Joneses. He or she has money in the bank and disapproves of extravagance.

When the Hierophant manifests as a person he or she maybe a gifted teacher, mentor and priest. Such a person has entered your life to open some mental door for you revealing what lies beyond.

You also want your role defined clearly whether in relationship or at work. That’s basically the tarot card meaning of Hierophant when you draw it in a tarot reading.


by Jovita Orais