Thursday, October 8, 2009

The Hierophant

The Hierophant or High Priest, in its traditional interpretation represents religious authority, tradition, convention, orthodoxy, mercy, and goodness. In some spreads, The Hierophant can also predict an upcoming marriage.

The Hierophant is often the card of learning or experts when it turns up in a reading. The Hierophant is also symbol of the need to conform to rules or fixed situations. His appearance in a reading can show that you are struggling with a force that is not innovative, free-spirited or individual. Sometimes we need to follow a program or embrace tradition, other times, we need to trust ourselves.

This card can also help you realize that everything has a place. There is a place for "established" religion, just as there is a place for the more unorthodoxy. In other words: there is a place for Christianity just as there is a place for Paganism.

As a person, this card is a priest, preacher, teacher, friend, or group of kindred spirits.

If this card turns up reversed, it truly symbolizes unorthodoxy and the rejection of the traditional. When it is reversed, it can mean servitude, captivity, and slavery, overbearing, self-righteous, and weakness, authoritarianism, inflexible and dogmatic thinking, an old regime, bad or incompetent advices inability to hear a higher or inner voice, or pretending to hear it for personal gain. When the card is reversed, it means you have a very hard time with the traditional, and you may not feel respected. When this card shows up reversed, you cannot be afraid to make a stand for what you believe in.

Keywords when dealing with the Hierophant card: Intellectual leadership, initiation, knowledge, tradition, religion, ritualism, mercy, compassion, captivity to ones own ideas, conformity, religious or spiritual leader, false guru, knowledge that is not backed by experience, marriage, alliance, captivity, servitude; by another account, mercy and goodness; inspiration


A lot of my information is directly copy-pasted frm my own Book of Shadows, collected over the past couple of years from a variety of sourses. I try to credit where I can, and I try to paraphrase and change words around without changing meanings as much as I can.
IF YOU SEE YOUR INFORMATION HERE: Please let me know, I'll be more than happy to credit you. The best way to contact me is to leave a comment on the post, and I'll be sure to edit the post as soon as I get the message.