The Hierophant in Tarot

The Hierophant In Tarot

the hierophant in tarotThe month of February 2019 brings the Hierophant in tarot into focus. This is because when we look at the numerology of the month (02 +2019) it reduces down to the number 5, and the Hierophant is the 5th card in the major arcana of the tarot deck. I will also explore the 5 of pentacles in tarot because when it comes to the astrological signs, the Hierophant in tarot links to the earth sign of Taurus, and pentacles link to the element of earth in the minor arcana. Feel free to watch the video or continue reading underneath the video.


The Hierophant relates to spirituality, belief systems, traditions, religion and higher guidance. When you look at the card you see that a religious figure sits between two pillars of a sacred temple, with two fingers pointing up and two fingers pointing down. This is symbolic of linking the heavens or celestial bodies to the earth. In his left hand he holds the Papal Cross, a triple sceptre that signifies his religious status. He wears three robes – red, blue and white – and a three-tiered crown, both representing the three worlds over which he rules. These three worlds are symbolic of the trinity such as the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit, or the Mind, Body and Soul, or the Conscious, Subconscious and Super Conscious, and so on. There are many examples of the trinity and it depends on what your belief systems are in terms of which one you relate to.

The two people at his feet are being initiated into the next level within their establishment and the role of the Hierophant is to guide them with wisdom. At his feet are two keys which represent the conscious and the subconscious mind of which the Hierophant must enlighten those being initiated to embrace the balance between the two states of consciousness.

Basic Card Meaning

Spiritual guidance, learning from a mentor, graduation, taking advice from those who have gone before you, seeking inspiration from higher realms, learning in traditional settings which are tried and tested over time and sticking to the rules. Or, when the card is reversed, it can relate to wanting to go against the rules, finding your own way in order to be unique and different, rebelling against establishment, being ‘anti government’ and being in protest.

Personal Relevance This Month

The number 5 in numerology is a number of conflict, but can also be a number of freedom. It represents finding our freedom through discipline. We often feel we want more freedom in life and not want to undertake the tasks that seem boring and mundane, and yet most of the time the very act of doing these things in consistent ways lead us to experience more freedom. For example, we might be dreaming of having a successful business, but not willing to dedicate a small amount of time each day on a consistent basis to steadily work our way up to what we want. We might want a fit and healthy body, but not actually take daily actions to fulfill our desire of having the health and fitness we want. Therefore, freedom and discipline go hand in hand.

In the case of the Heirophant which relates to our inner world, this month may be an ideal time to recommit to the personal or spiritual rituals which you know bring you a sense of letting go, or feeling free from the inside out. This may be a regular meditation practice, a gratitude journal, morning prayer, yoga or whatever it is that helps you feel both your physical and spiritual worlds (or emotional world if you tend to dislike the word ‘spiritual’) are in balance. It may also be a good month to seek out a mentor to guide you in an area of expertise you would like to adopt into your life.

Marisa Peer

The 5 of Pentacles

5 of pentacles in tarotThis card has a similar feel to the Hierophant as the scene takes place outside what looks like a church, except rather than being initiated, the two people seem sick and weak and out in the cold. The 5 of Pentacles relates to being disconnected from our spiritual self, which could take the form of not listening to our wiser, intuitive self. This can lead to many consequences such as poor health, financial struggles and loss of life direction. The combination of the Hierophant and the 5 of Pentacles indicates that this month is very important to consider the more esoteric parts of ourselves and the world at large in order to receive the guidance we are seeking for our life journey.

Questions to ask yourself:

  • What gives me a sense of spiritual/emotional peace leading me to more wisdom?
  • Who or what do I turn to in moments of crisis or despair?
  • How can I listen to my higher/ wiser self more?
  • Where might I be experiencing an ‘initiation’ in my life?
  • Where might I be skipping out on embracing discipline in order to find more freedom?

Relevance To World Events

Speaking of being ‘anti-establishment, I dived into the world of Flat Earth this week purely because I wanted to understand why it is that this growing movement is gaining so much traction and has seemingly intelligent people hell-bent on the earth being flat. What I discovered is that the psychology of these people is that they not only believe the earth is flat, but also generally believe a lot of other conspiracy theories and have zero trust for government, corporations and established scientific organisations. They think we have been lied to due to a sinister agenda of the financial elite, otherwise known as The Illuminati. They think that one of the reasons we have been lied to about the earth being flat is because it is an agenda to keep us knowing our own true power and close to the Creative Force that is responsible for All That Is. This strongly relates to the tarot meaning of the Hierophant in its reversed position: rebellion against the status quo, seeking unique spiritual perspectives, distrust of religious organisations as well as well-established scientific doctrines.

Other events

There is a growing trust issue around the world with large corporations, banking sectors, politicians and major media outlets. I feel that because of the growing discrepancies between the ‘have have-not’s’ it brings up trust issues for many people. I also feel it was the very reason president Trump was elected-so many people were sick and tired of the status quo and desperate for change. In an article in the Standford Social Innovation Review, it stated:

“Plummeting public trust is sweeping the globe. It is infecting relations among people, between people and their governments, and between people and a range of societal institutions. We sense this erosion of trust in social media and domestic politics, in our communities, and even at our dinner tables. Distrust infuses public rhetoric and political debates, obstructing action in the public interest. Together, this cumulative distrust is undermining the ability of social institutions to function and serve the people they are intended to benefit. And if researchers are correct that trust is easier to destroy than construct, the consequences of today’s trust deficit could haunt societies around the world for many years to come.”

Number 5: Numerology Meaning

The vibration of number 5 and its relation to bubbling conflict is highlighted this month as another potential government shutdown in the US looms, of which if it occurs, will lead to a lot more chaos and conflict within the country, and perhaps the world at large. How can we overcome this? By allowing ourselves to be guided by higher principles such as the example of the meaning of the Hierophant. We need to feel our innate divinity both individually and collectively if we are to make progress within humanity. We need to learn from history and past mistakes and not repeat them. We need to trust that there are people and organisations in the world that actually know what they are talking about (think mentorship) and therefore we should listen. We need to find ways to fuse what seems like polar opposites and duality with something that connects us more deeply. The country of Venezuela is an example of what can happen when leaders do not take counsel from the surrounding expertise. The late President of Venezuela Hugo Chavez acted in a rebellious anti-establishment way and the result was the complete collapse of the country. This ….”should serve as a warning about two equally megalomaniacal leaders, Donald Trump and Narendra Modi, who have also triggered crises by refusing the counsel of experts.” (source below)

So how will you use the wisdom of the Hierophant in tarot archetype in your life this month? Feel free to comment below and let me know!

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22 thoughts on “The Hierophant In Tarot”

  1. Sujandar Mahesan

    The numerology is very much alive even in 2019. People still believe big time in this aspect. The Hierophant in tarot is an important one to know about. This article explains and talks about the Hierophant in tarot clearly. It also talks about symbolism. Thank you so much for sharing this article. It is really informative.

    1. I feel that people’s interest in numerology and the ancient alchemy arts has actually grown over the last decade. I meet more and more people who have had major shifts in their worldview. I think technology is largely responsible and the freedom to be able to get information-about anything! Glad you enjoyed the article. πŸ™‚

  2. Hello and thank you for this fascinating post. I’m very new to this space so I read through this a couple of times and thoroughly enjoyed your insights. This may spark a lot of disagreement but I think perhaps another world event is that measles is now resurfacing as a result of a much larger than usual percentage of parents not vaccinating their children. One could argue that is ‘anti-establishment’, with a distrust for ‘big pharma’ corporations and governments. It will be interesting to see how that unfolds over the next few years and whether deadly diseases we once thought were largely eradicated resurface. 

    1. Hey Melissa! Oh another can of worms: vaccinations. I saw that there is a measles outbreak in the US and yes, the anti-vaccs community is another prime example of going against the status quo. I hope it will not turn into major epidemics!

  3. I have always found the tarot to be fascinating though I have not delved into the different card meanings like you have laid out, Fascinating none the less. Funny one of the basic meanings of the hierophant is that of mentor. As I am in the process of delving into my mentors works even deeper for February.

    1. Hi Cathy! Mentorship sure has its place and can make all the difference to towards getting good results in something. πŸ™‚

  4. As this month is now coming off the “resolution” month of January, as I like to call it, I think it’s time for some innner examination and re-definition of goals and priorities.  I like what you said about doing what needs to be done to get where we want to be.  I hope that this flat earth movement isn’t too large, there seems to be enough absolute insanity in the world right now, and I agree that Trump was indeed elected to stop the madness in Washington DC.  It’s been status quo too long and people were getting too comfortable in their power.  Glad for the change.  Hope it continues.  Great monthly advice as always.

    1. Thanks Babsie! The problem is, I think Trump has taken it too far the other way! But perhaps this is what needs to happen. I don’t know. The flat earth movement has captivated me to be honest and I am still researching as to why they think what they do and it has also prompted me to examine my own assumptions about the universe. I try to keep an open mind and I find it fascinating that most people who say flat earth is a load of rubbish are only saying it because they have been told all their life that the earth is round and they have little knowledge of why the earth might be round. They just accept. I have always accepted too. I am not a flat earther, BUT I will sure be doing my research on both models of the world because I still don’t get why intelligent people are absolutely convinced the earth is flat…

  5. Hi 

    This is an excellent details information about the hierophant in tarot. I would not know so much information if I did not read  this article. I believe that many people are still unaware of this important knowledge. I am going to share it with other.  Thanks for writing this helpful tips.                  

  6. Wow! I watched your video, that’s some powerful stuff. Was the music supposed to make me relax and feel sleepy, almost euphoric? If not, maybe it was the wisdom I gleaned about spiritual guidance, and learning from a mentor, graduation – I just finished WA Bootcamp, taking advice from those who have gone before you – I just asked for help on how to do better with WA training from a higher-Affiliate, seeking inspiration from higher realms – I found myself wanting to watch this and glean insights because February is my Birthday month and it has so much more meaning to me than anything else. And about following the rules – That’s the #1 thing I preach on WA is stick to the training. So you pretty much have my number down!

    1. Hey Marshall! I thought this card would appeal to WA members. I have learned the hard way about trying to reinvent the wheel when going about business. This card has a nice stabilising influence on me. Really glad you got value out of the post. Ps I chose the music purely because I liked it and felt it gave the right vibe for introspection and reflection. πŸ™‚

  7. The month of February relates to number 5 from what you said. And it could either stand for conflict or stand for freedom. 

    I believe this February will be symbolic for me because I’ll be moving out of my parent’s apartment and getting mine. I’m already relishing the month of February.

    Nice post, thanks for sharing

  8. Interesting post.  I’ve never had a reading, but I’m interested in getting one to find out what it tells me.  While I don’t understand how it works per se, and how accurate they turn out to be, its interesting to think that you can figure out what direction you need to take in life or what your future holds from cards.  Thanks for sharing!

    1. Hey Nate! Tarot readings are less about predictions and more about internal reflection and finding a different way of viewing the world to arrive at personal breakthroughs and new solutions. Many people think it is about predicting the future (and many readers operate this way) but that is not predominately how I use tarot. Occasionally I do like to do some predictions though. πŸ˜‰ Let me know if you would like a reading!

  9. Liz,

    I think this material is extremely interesting! I’ve heard of the hierophant, but I had no idea there was so much depth to it. I cannot lie to you, there would have been times in my life where I would’ve scoffed at this idea, but I have grown and my mind has opened because I have seen some things that have truly rocked my world. As the seasons change, I’ve noticed that I change. I’m not talking in a personality way, but something deep inside me intuitively changes. It’s weird and I can’t explain it, but i’m interested in the answers!

    Thank you!


    1. Hey Michael, in the intuitive circles, or what others would call the ‘new age’ or ‘light worker’ circles, the general consensus is that the planet as a whole is going through a reawakening. People are questioning things much more rather than taking things at face value. The status quo is being challenged which is why I bought up flat earth because in my opinion, flat earth theory embodies the ultimate questioning of the status quo. The Hierophant is a loaded card I feel-as not only does it represent the status quo in religion, but when you dig deeper there is also Freemason symbolism present (the keys). If you have delved into the workings of the  Freemasons and the questioning of what is being called ‘The illuminati’ or financial elite and the growing distrust of the Church, then you come up with a  very interesting interpretation of this card indeed! Thanks for stopping by. πŸ™‚

  10. I have never really learned the meaning behind the different tarot cards. This was and interesting read (and video). It also got me thinking…this seems like a fitting card for February every year as it is a good time to reflect on the first month. As I read, I began thinking about how my resolutions usually start to die off at the end of January (same this year). I will use this as my motivation to keep working towards my goal of losing weight and becoming more healthy.

    I am also curios about the number 7. What is the meaning of 7?


    1. Hey Nate, yes I hear you-mine have died off too! Number 7 relates to trust and openness, but also relates to the Chariot in tarot, which is about staying the course, despite struggles to over come. Some keywords to consider around the chariot are control, willpower, success, action, determination. The Hierophant is a card that is inwardly linked, where is the Chariot has a more extrovert focus.

  11. I am hearing about the Hierophant for the first time and I love the fact that it consists of religion, tradition and other belief systems put together.

    I want to do more research and know more about the hierophants in tarot and the 5 of pentacles. Glad to read that this enables us to listen to our wiser inner self and come up with good decisions that will help us in our life journey. This is very interesting. Thank you for this article. 

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