principle – Wisdom revealed
correspondence - Taurus
leader occupies a throne. He sits between two pillars, but the symbolism of
these structures is not the same as that found in the High Priestess card. The
Hierophant represents the outer expression of inner development, or the exoteric
side of life. The High Priestess represents the hid- den, inner side, or the
esoteric. The type of pillars in the Hierophant card are created to strengthen a
cathedral and are thus supportive of the outer form and formal power structure
The Hierophant is
holding a staff, culminating in a triple cross, indicating the threefold nature
of the Christian Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. The gesture of the right
hand tells us that the power of this spiritual triad (repeated in the three
crosses on his robe) comes from above. This triplicity is also indicative of the
three aspects of the human personality: physical, emotional, and mental. At the
very bottom of the piece of fabric containing the three crosses is a square,
symbol of earthly manifestation. Thus we have the message that the Hierophant is
endowed with the power and authority (symbolized by the staff) to bring the
hidden message of Heaven to our practical life on Earth. It is easy to
understand why, in a number of other Tarot decks, this card is known as
"The Pope." At his feet are two keys that may unlock the greater
potential within ourselves. These are, of course, "The Keys to the
Kingdom." Two priests kneel before him, one wearing a robe of lilies
(faith), the other a robe of roses (love and devotion). These qualities
underscore the path that religion demands.
is at a stage in which he realizes the need to make some changes in his outer
life. He has acquired habit patterns that don't serve or benefit him any longer
and knows that these have to be changed. Other cards in the lay will point to
the specific issues in question.
The individual is experiencing a religious or
spiritual urge. He knows that he must make adjustments in his personal life and
is searching for the ways and means to accomplish this. The querent is
developing faith in his higher powers and may call upon religion, philosophy,
and spiritual knowledge to help him accomplish his goals. Such inquiry will be
of great assistance.
in this position reflects imprisonment in one's own religion or belief system.
The chosen path to the Higher Life may now prove to be restrictive and limiting.
The querent needs social approval and is fearful of making those changes in his
personal philosophy that can cause social ostracism (e.g., excommunication from
the Church). He chooses to conform to established beliefs and not think for
himself This retards his personal and spiritual growth, inhibiting his
changes that may have to be made in the current situation are based on the
acceptance and understanding of the higher powers at work in our lives.
Intuition. The importance of using the Inner Guidance coming from our Higher
Self in the circumstances of our daily life.