The Hierophant represent an advisor or mentor who can give you wisdom and guidance or a spiritual or religious advisor such as a priest, preacher or monk. It is a card that points to the wisdom of listening to tradition, of adhering to convention.
This within all areas, e.g. economics, politics, medicine, education, and social. The Hierophant does not dictate that you must follow the traditional norms, but simply points out the wisdom in you obtaining knowledge, advice and an overview from the already established.
The Hierophant sits on a throne in a red papal robe. A white ribbon with a cross on it is sewn on top. On his head he wears a three-part crown (in three levels), symbolizing his wisdom about the physical, emotional and mental spheres of man. The Hierophant acts in this connection as a teacher.
In the left hand The Hierophant holds the three-part cross; as a symbol of body, soul and spirit, or trinity â€“ it is symbolic of his spiritual authority. With the other hand he shows an old Christian sign of blessing.
On each side of the high priest stands a pillar. The column on the right represents the law and the column on the left represents the freedom to make a choice for yourself, to choose to obey or disobey. The fact that the high priest sits between the two pillars also symbolizes his role as a remover of contradictions. At his feet lie a gold and a silver key, representing the energy of the sun and moon.
The two gentlemen kneeling at the bottom of the card show that the high priest also represents the one who initiates. Each initiation expands our consciousness and requires us to renew and regenerate ourselves.
That there are two figures symbolizes the teaching of all the dualities of life, such as, for example, yin and yang, woman and man. The Hierophant has united the male and female parts within him and developed them to perfection. The Hierophant represents the bridge builder who forms the link between man and God.
The Hierophant refers to the spiritual aspect within each of us that can establish an inner connection, unitary experience or line of communication between our everyday consciousness and an intuitive understanding of the Divine and the spiritual laws.
The card symbolizes spiritual values and respect for divine law, but does not necessarily symbolize any particular religious direction. The understanding of the spiritual law is also about the unique relationship each of us must enter into with our very own idea of God.
The Hierophant symbolizes learning and teaching, and as it is especially in the context of family and friends that faith and individuality are put to the test, the card is particularly concerned with family and social problems and concerns.
When you’re drawn to this card, it’s time to trust your deepest beliefs when it comes to social relationships in the broadest sense.
When you draw this card, it is a reference that if you are a seeker, it is time to turn your attention to the spiritual things, to expand your understanding of how the world and your life are connected. The card symbolizes a desire to really understand things philosophically or spiritually and at the same time a desire to find real meaning and/or purpose in life.
This can be done, for example, through studies, courses in personal development, following a spiritual teacher or meditation. The search for your self will lead you into spiritual realms. However, it must be remembered that although freedom can be achieved through knowledge, one must be careful not to be ill-advised or use one’s energy unconstructively.
Other words that characterize the high priest are: religion, education, spiritual meaning in life, guidance, inner or spiritual guide, transformation, service and duties. Bound to societal conventions. The bound partner or marriage. Slavery. The need not to deviate. The need to be accepted in social contexts.
The tarot card is associated with number 5, which means that you must pay attention to this number in relation to the challenge you are asking the tarot about.
The Hierophant is associated with the astrological sign Taurus. The bull symbolizes earth, and stands for physicality and matter. Taurus reminds us to initiate and act on our ideas and give them shape.
I am inspired by situations in which I can learn and learn from me. I am open to learning new things.
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