The Hierophant – The Inner Teacher

hierophant tarot meaning

The Hierophant Tarot card detailed meaning.

Meaning in a Tarot reading :
Inner wisdom
Spiritual awakening
Mind, body, spirit

Appearance :
The Hierophant, like the High Priestess, is seated between two pillars.
The Hierophant is depicted as either a man or a woman but always
represents the spiritual side of masculinity. The pillars represent
masculine & feminine, day & night, balance between opposing
forces or elements. The Hierophant is pure of spirit. The triple tiered
crown symbolises three states of existence, body, mind & spirit or
physical, emotional & mental responses, the sceptre, likewise, is crossed three times. The temple he represents
is of organised religion whereas the High Priestess symbolises the
esoteric. The crossed keys show the Hierophant has control over the
material & physical world. The right hand points to the heavens
& shows that what is to be found in heaven is also reflected on
earth if you are receptive to it. As above, so below.

Interpretation :
The Hierophant is your inner teacher & has the duty of revealing your ultimate spiritual path. Every one is on a spiritual quest & will eventually find the vibration that enables them to spread the most Light. We are not all destined to be incredible spritual teachers but when the Hierophant speaks to us we should accept that at this moment, we are exactly where we need to be. We should stop thirsting for more & just enjoy and give thanks for the quality of the moment.

The Hierophant in a divinatory reading shows a thirst for spiritual
knowledge. The physical foundation of the spiritual quest, not related
to any specific doctrine. The Hierophant is not religion but a physical
representation of it. The triple crown & triple sceptre lead you
through the physical, emotional & mental worlds towards the power
of redemption.
When this card appears you are seeking a release from the mundane
struggle for material success. You may even seek the advice of a
teacher, spiritual advisor or even psychologist to help you
understand or explore your future purpose. The Hierophant has the
power to transform your potential in to spiritual energy. He relies on
ceremony to connect you to your higher consciousness. He can represent
marriage, artistic endeavours & a voracious thirst for knowledge through
organised teaching.

The Hierophant, You are a bringer of Light. Accept that perhaps you are exactly where you need to be to make a difference.


Tree of Life Path : 6
Trump : 5-Hierophant

Hebrew Letter : vau

Element Planet Zodiac : Taurus

Deities : Apis, Venus
Animal : Bull
Plant : Mallow

My Relationship with The Hierophant

When the Hierophant appears to me in a reading I know that I
need to focus on the balance between the physical, mental &
emotional aspects of my life. It is easy to fall in to the trap of
chasing material security whilst neglecting spiritual & emotional
The Hierophant represents spiritual development through organised
religion, but of no specific creed. Anyone who knows me will tell you
that my home is a testament to the fact that I have embraced many
different doctrines. It is full of Buddhas, Catholic Icons, Indian
& Oriental deities & books on every conceivable path. As far as
I can tell it is the physical, spiritual, emotional balance that is
expounded by all of these beliefs. In fact in Sanskrit the word for a
union between spritual, emotional & physical states is ‘yoga’ &
the times that I have applied myself to regular yoga classes have been
some of my most balanced periods. Of course these good intentions are
always pushed aside by work or socialising. Time to get the yoga mat
out again perhaps, though I don’t think my dodgy hip will stand it ! … The challenge is that the ego & thirst for
material stability stubbornly refuse to accept the developing need for
internal truths.

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