The Hierophant

What do you believe? The Hierophant is all about belief structures and institutions such as the education system, the legal system, and religion. This card shows up in a reading when a person is questioning their convictions. The card also has a strong association with education. Looking for The Hierophant Love meaning? Scroll down.


The Hierophant sits on a raised dais between two Roman columns, dressed in pope-like robes. He wears a golden crown. At his feet, we see two monks. We see several crosses depicted in this image, along with a set of keys which represent education.


The Hierophant: Yes or No

If the question is regarding religion or education, then the answer is yes. Everything else is a no.

The Hierophant: Meaning

When this card appears, you might be the teacher or the student. What lessons have you learned or need to learn? What knowledge are you seeking and how will you integrate it into your current belief structure? This card is about learning a valuable lesson, usually from a mentor. You are in a period of growth right now. However, this knowledge might not always be pleasant.  Sometimes you have to let go of past beliefs, to embrace new ones.

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The Hierophant Reversed

When this card is reversed, your conscience might be pricking you. Do you have a guilty conscience? Have you wronged someone and you can’t stop thinking about what you did? You might need to confess your sins, and receive absolution. Are your beliefs and actions out of whack? Maybe you aren’t living up to your own expectations.

You might also be questioning your religion. Are the ideas and teachings no longer resonating with you? Perhaps it’s time consider other religions or find a new church.

This card can also represent a teacher with questionable methods or morals. This individual might be using their authority to exploit others. This person might be manipulating you. This is especially true if The Magician also makes an appearance in the reading.

The Hierophant Love

If you are single, this card signals a chance to learn and grow on your own, outside of a relationship. You might even believe love isn’t important, and you’d rather focus on your education, or goals for the moment. Your career might be your first priority at this time.

When this card appears in the context of an established relationship, it comes down to shared beliefs and ways of thinking. You are very compatible when it comes to the big picture in life.

When it comes to feelings, this person may see you as a guide, a mentor. Maybe you are the first person he or she has been in a relationship with, and you are guiding them through the process. Or maybe the roles are reversed and you are the one who is in need of a mentor. This person might be your first love, or s/he has opened you up to new possibilities.  This card has also been associated with a more permanent relationship, such as marriage or moving in with one another, but that’s not always the case.

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