Hierophant Tarot Card Meanings 2017-12-29T11:38:19+00:00
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Hierophant: Tradition.

Hierophant Tarot Card
Meanings and Keywords:

The Hierophant tarot card meanings stem from its connection to Astrology and Numerology. The Hierophant tarot card can mean:


Traditions, rituals and ceremony.

Spiritual guidance.

Support and structure in your community.

A teacher.

Following the rules.

Following a leader.

Having faith.

Being a role model.

Asking the big questions about life and death.

Being in control over your emotions.




Breaking the rules

Symbolism in Hierophant tarot card

The Hierophant is greek for high priest. The two pillars symbolise support and structure. The Hierophant himself is pictured as the pope, symbolising organisation, institution and spiritual guidance. In his left hand, he holds a triple sceptre which symbolises domination over matter and emotion and thought. His three vestments symbolise purity, immortality and ritual. The triple crown symbolises the pope’s three functions: supreme pastor, supreme teacher and supreme priest. Three nails project from the top of his crown, symbolising Christ’s passion and sacrifice. The three crosses vertically down the pallium symbolise the holy trinity and that the Hierophant has Christ consciousness. Below the three crosses is a diamond symbolising the fourfold physical world. The crossed keys symbolise the crossed keys of heaven and represent the power of binding and loosing. The Hierophant placement between the two pillars creating the third pillar symbolising the three pillars of the tree of life. To the pillar to our right, the Pillar of Severity, he offers a blessing. To the pillar to our left, the Pillar of Mercy, he holds the triple cross of martyrdom. The Hierophant being the central pillar symbolises the Hierophant bridging heaven to earth. The two kneeling priests, one wearing chasuble decorated with roses and the other a chasuble decorated with lilies symbolising the union between flesh and spirit. Notice in a spread if the Hierophant is blessing the other cards. The Hierophant is ruled by Taurus.

Hierophant tarot card and Astrology

Hierophant tarot card is ruled by Taurus. Taurus is ruled by Venus and is a fixed sign in the zodiac. It governs the physical world, sensuality, pleasure and the material world. Taurus is the second house of money and valuables, it is associated with preserving establishments and rules/code of conducts that promotes security. Taurus rules resources, professionals, luxury and successful financial endeavours, love of indulgence and possessions. It promotes the traditions set forth by religion, culture and education.

Hierophant tarot card meanings upright

Hierophant in a general reading

Hierophant tarot card represents group consciousness, religion and your belief system. Hierophant also denotes ceremony, traditions, kindness, charity and spiritual counselling. Hierophant assists the world to spiritually attune itself by giving the people rules and guidelines. Hierophant can represent an organisation that is based or funded by a religious organisation or an organisation that is very set in its values. The Hierophant tarot card is all about service and being of service. The Hierophant can also mean mentoring and counselling. It reminds you to seek knowledge and to find your special place in this world. The Hierophant helps you find your path by searching for what nourishes your soul.

Hierophant in a love reading

In a love reading, Hierophant signifies a deep commitment such as marriage. If the seeker is single, this card can mean they will soon meet someone who shares their values and beliefs.

Hierophant in a career reading

In a career reading, Hierophant denotes work in religious organisations, schools and institutions.

The Hierophant as feelings

The Hierophant speaks of spiritual love and love that grows stronger with time. The Hierophant speaks of love that grows stronger by sharing a spiritual path. The Hierophant often denotes the Seeker can be a bit confused about their feelings because they feel they need to seek a deeper meaning in their life and this has priority over personal relationships. They often end up doing a circle where they end up where they started, except now they know that their love runs deeper than they first thought.

If you are asking how someone is feeling about you, they could feel you are their guardian angel. They feel they can rely on you and you are their rock. They feel safe with you and they most likely will tell you things they have not been able to tell anyone else.

Learn what the Hierophant tarot card means in the Grand Tableau. 

Personality types in Hierophant tarot card

The Hierophant tarot card denotes someone who is searching for meaning in life. They are looking for an alternative approach when challenged and are wise teachers and friends. Hierophant people walk their talk and are very educated and classy people. They give strength and support to those around them are often referred to as the ‘rock’ of someone’s life. Open to others beliefs and ideas they don’t get bound by them. They strongly stay by their own firm beliefs.

hierophant tarot card meanings

Hierophant: Tradition.

Hierophant tarot card meanings reversed

The Hierophant tarot card reversed denotes prudence, silliness and hypocrisy. There are rules but no knowledge of why these rules are important. The ego is without guidance. There is an inflexibility in the system and in the people of the system. Perhaps it’s an institution who controls information and the leaders make themselves rich while the poor remain poor. By locking away information and keeping people ignorant, the people remain powerless to change and improve the system. Rather than helping the people and the community, the system uses the communities as a platform to get their own agendas favoured. Opponents get undermined and there is a strong pressure to conform. On a more personal note, the Hierophant reversed can mean a decrease in security. Traditions might die out and there are unrecognisable differences between married couples.

Personality types in reversed Hierophant tarot card

Hierophant tarot card reversed indicates someone who has lost their way, often due to lack of support from their family, school system and/or community. This is someone who lacks security and therefore has little to give to others. There are insufficient resources both on a financial and emotional level. The Hierophant reversed indicates someone who is falling apart due to the fear of financial trouble. There is an inability to change. This is someone who is very insecure.

Hierophant Tarot Card Combinations

Some important tarot card combinations including the Hierophant:

The Hierophant + The Fool: Students. 

The Hierophant + The Lovers: Getting married. Committing yourself. 

The Hierophant + The Hanged Man: Psychology. 

The Hierophant + Death: Taxes. 

The Hierophant + The Tower: Corruption. 

The Hierophant + Judgement: Politics.

The Hierophant + Three of pentacles: Community work. Spiritual work. 

The Hierophant + Five of pentacles: Homeless shelter. Refugee centre. 

The Hierophant + Six of pentacles: Spiritual charity. 

The Hierophant + Ten of pentacles: Inheritance. 

The Hierophant + Knight of pentacles: Job security. 

The Hierophant + Ace of wands: New faith. Answered Prayers. 

The Hierophant + Five of wands: Building an organisation. 

The Hierophant + Seven of wands: Defending your beliefs. 

The Hierophant + Knight of wands: Spiritual warrior. Spiritual work. A mission. 

The Hierophant + Queen of wands: A spiritual entrepreneur. 

The Hierophant + Ace of cups: A spiritual society. 

The Hierophant + Three of cups: A celebrant. A wedding. 

The Hierophant + Six of cups: Parenting. 

The Hierophant + Eight of cups: A pilgrimage. 

The Hierophant + Page of cups: Spiritual scriptures. 

The Hierophant + Ace of swords: Spiritual beliefs. 

The Hierophant + Five of swords: Defeat within an organisation. Poor leadership. Abuse of power. 

The Hierophant + Queen of swords: Teaching. 

The Hierophant + King of swords: Administration. 

Hierophant tarot card meanings summary

Hierophant tarot card signifies traditions, especially weddings. Notice in your tarot reading which cards are closest to the Hierophant, receiving his blessing. This can indicate what the Seeker feels blessed with in life. The Hierophant tarot card can also denote what gives the seeker meaning in life on a spiritual level.

Learn what the Hierophant tarot card means as a final card in a love reading. 


  1. Kayla March 7, 2017 at 7:25 am

    Hello Inger!

    I find myself overwhelmed with a reading I recently did and am hoping you might be able to help. I wanted to do a reading to help me make a decision about what I should focus my attention on (I don’t have the energy or focus to do both). I used a 9-card reading to look at possible outcomes of each choice. My question was: should I focus my energy on applying for jobs or should I focus my energy on my writing?

    Cards 1, 2, & 3 = what may happen if I focus my energy on applying for jobs
    Cards 4, 5, & 6 = what may happen if I focus my energy on my writing
    Card 7 = possible outcome if I focus my energy on applying for jobs
    Card 8 = possible outcome if I focus my energy on my writing
    Card 9 = what I need to know before deciding

    Here are the cards I pulled:
    1. Ace of cups
    2. Strength
    3. Knight of wands
    4. Tower
    5. Hermit
    6. Justice
    7. High Priestess
    8. Temperance
    9. Hierophant

    So far, the only card I’ve really focused on is the Hierophant because he falls in the position that tells me what I need to know before I make my decision, and I think he wants me to know that I need to do the right thing for me, do what nourishes my soul. All these Majors are making me anxious, and I’m worried about being biased in my interpretations of them.

    Thanks for your time,

  2. Inger Bråthen March 8, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    Dear Kayla. All the Majors mean you will be in the flow with the writing, and you will also have the energy to work. You will have success as a writer, however, I feel like the job you will have can give you motivation and inspiration to write. I also feel like you need security now. I do feel like you could be teaching workshops and also going abroad to learn.

  3. Kayla March 10, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    Dear Inger,

    Thank you so much for your help. I value your insight. I also found your free course about the Fool’s Journey extremely helpful.


  4. Inger Bråthen March 10, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    Thank you, Kayla. I am so glad you enjoyed it 🙂

  5. Cindy May 2, 2017 at 7:13 am

    Hello Inger,
    I asked about my relatioship situation,Because I was a bit worried due to less cummunication lately.
    It does look amazing, just wanted a bit more insight in terms
    Of the combination (I did look up your combinations, but of course not all are listed). 🙂
    I got King of Cups (hes a Cancer) ace of cups, ace of wands, hierophant and bottom six of wands.
    I felt those things this weekend, but still none of these really talk about communication, or does it just mean that we “communicate” on a “feeling level” or that we show our affection with deeds (hence the wands)… .!?
    How can it be improved? Thanks in advance and have a nice day,

  6. Idaly May 2, 2017 at 11:52 am

    Hi Inger! My question is about my soul mate…will he enter and stay in my life any time soon? I laid 3 cards sequentially. ..the hierophant, the king of cups and the lovers. I wanted to expand the reading and again placed beneath them another 3 cards sequentially and got the justice, the emperor and two of cups. Will be grateful for your insights! !

  7. Inger Bråthen May 3, 2017 at 5:39 am

    Yes, you will soon meet your soulmate….it will all move forward smoothly without any drama 🙂

  8. Idaly May 4, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    Oh! Thank you dear Inger!! 🙂 I’ll be on my most positive mindset from now on. I look forward for it to happen!

  9. Jamice May 16, 2017 at 9:33 am

    I received a tarot reading the first card was the moon the second card was the hierophant revised and the third card was tge world what does thus really mean to me

  10. Inger Bråthen May 19, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    Hi, is this a general spread, or relationship spread?

  11. A May 23, 2017 at 3:13 am

    hi Inger
    when I asked what the relationship is between two people I got the following
    Hierophant Reversed
    Page of Swords
    Queen of Pentacles Reversed

    what does this mean? does it mean that the people are involved in an extra marital affair. what would this say

  12. Inger Bråthen May 25, 2017 at 8:12 am

    The hierophant reversed can mean there are infidelities in the marriage.

  13. JL June 11, 2017 at 3:09 pm

    Hi inget,
    I did a reading and got the 5 of swords, the knight of swords reversed and the hieorphant. Can you explain the message. Thx

  14. Inger Bråthen June 14, 2017 at 9:49 am

    This card combination indicates you could be feeling very boxed in at the moment, and it also speaks of your path to freedom is education.

  15. TL June 27, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    Hi Inget,

    I just did a love reading a received the following:

    Past – Heiorphant (reversed)
    Present – Eight of Swords (reversed)
    Future – Knight of Wands (upright)

    Could you interpret what this means? Thank you

  16. Inger Bråthen June 27, 2017 at 7:56 pm

    Hi. The confusion you have felt is almost over. Something has been very unclear, and someone maybe even dishonest. I also feel you will have a new and better routine in your life where you will feel more grounded and secure, as there seems to be a lack of security in your life at the moment. If you have worries about money, I feel a door is opening up in a field you are very passionate. I feel like you are using a lot of energy, physical energy, and there is a love connection coming in through where you are putting a lot of your energy, and this will take you by surprise as Knight of Wands often represents someone coming in when you least expect it and take you by storm. You have similar passions and interests and you will form a deep friendship that you can build on.

  17. Stephanie June 28, 2017 at 10:00 am

    Hi Inger!
    I did a reading on a recent career change and if was the right decision
    Lovers, heirophant, seven of wands

    Any insight? Thanks!

  18. Stephanie June 28, 2017 at 10:03 am

    Sorry mean to say seven of pentacles not wands

  19. Inger Bråthen July 1, 2017 at 7:48 am

    I feel this career change will bring you success. I also feel this career change aligns more with what you stand for and who you are. I also feel you will end up doing more study and expand on what you are doing. 🙂

  20. Lis July 22, 2017 at 4:17 am

    Hi Inger,
    I did a 3 card reading but having a hard time interpreting them. My question is if I will get accepted to the University that I applied since May? I got temperance reverse, king of pentacles reverse and the hermit upright.

    Thank you

  21. Inger Bråthen July 22, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    Hi. This might not be the right University for you since you got two out of three cards reversed.

  22. Kerstin August 3, 2017 at 5:40 pm

    Hi Inger! Love your posts. Was wondering if you may be able to help me here. I’ve been thinking about totally changing my life and moving far away to be with this man I have been in a long distance relationship with. I asked if this would be a wise decision. Here’s what I got:

    1. Ace of swords
    2. Hierophant
    3. High Priestess

    Now, we totally met by chance, and this man has managed to sweep me off my feet so to speak. I would have never even considered a long distance relationship in the past but there was just something about him and he felt the same way. We have had those ” deja vu” moments, and have had similar dreams about each other etc. Anyway, he’s begging for me to come out there but im scared, even though I feel like this will be a good relationship, if that makes since. Lol!

    My take on this is the cards are telling me this is a right decision. He is religious and we have both said we feel as though ” God” or “Universe” is bringing us together for a reason. So… maybe our hunches are right and with the hierophant and high priestess appearing together, that is confirming that?

    And as for the Ace of Swords, this is confirming that this new venture is wise and i have mental clarity? Lol

    I would really appreciate your input to this confused beginner. Lol.

    Blessings to you, Inger. 🙂

  23. Inger Bråthen August 3, 2017 at 6:05 pm

    Hi, Kerstin. I believe the cards are telling you to listen to your own inner judgment in this situation. How many times have you visited him? I feel this could be a good relationship as well, therefore, take care and don’t put too much pressure on you by moving before you have visited him a few times first.

  24. caroline August 29, 2017 at 5:08 am

    Hi :)))!! Thank you for your time

    I have been getting the hierophant(a lot), the magician, the world and the justice as outcome cards (I am waiting for a legal resolution that is taking longer than expected) but I am not quite sure on how to read it, My main concern is that I need to receive those legal documents quickly but I am not sure if the reading is a positive or negative as outcome.
    Please help me 🙂

  25. Inger Bråthen September 2, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    Did you only use the majors or the whole deck? The world can mean things will drag out a bit because of the Saturn connection in the World card. There could be a lot of unnecessary politics at play and this can also be indicated by the hierophant. The magician is a great card to get and it means you must be assertive in this situation and communicate clearly what you need as well as making sure you have a good representative.

  26. Deloris October 19, 2017 at 6:03 am

    Hi Inger,

    I’m single broke up with someone almost two months ago haven’t spoken since. I liked someone since but he only wanted casual sex which I declined. A bit down that neither of these romances led anywhere. So I guess it got me wondering about my future love life in general and I got past The World, Present Hierophant and future 3 of cups.

    Would love your brilliant insight.

    Thank you X

  27. Inger Bråthen October 22, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    The waiting is always the hardest part, but worth it because you don’t want to end up with the wrong person 🙂 The world denotes you have learnt a lot about what you want in your life and what you want in a relationship. You need someone who is enthusiastic about life the same way you are. I laid out some cards for you as well and they show me someone who is educated and could be working in the law and order sector.

  28. Ajuann June 1, 2018 at 8:57 pm

    I recently did a reading regarding an ex lover.
    I asked if he wanted to marry the girl he just recently had a child with.

    I got the Justice reversed, the tower, and the Hierophant.

    I got out of this that he’s in a toxic relationship and he feels obligated to be there, but probably doesn’t want to, but then I got confused with Hierophant cars. Can you pls shed some light?

    Thank you so much.

  29. Ingie from TW June 2, 2018 at 5:17 pm

    Hi. It most likely means he does not know if he wants to be in a relationship or not. Hierophant next to negative cards can mean there are issues with commitment.

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