The Hierophant suggests that you have a desire to follow due process and to stay within the conventional bounds of what is typically a traditional approach. Instead of being innovative, you will need to adapt to the existing set of beliefs and systems that are already in place. The appearance of the Hierophant in a Tarot reading indicates that this is certainly not the moment to change the status quo.
This card often stands for institutions and their values. The Hierophant is a symbol of the need to conform to rules or fixed situations. His appearance can show that you are dealing with a force that is not innovative or individual but is instead traditional. Sometimes we need to embrace tradition, while at other times we need to trust ourselves.
This Tarot card is about identifying with a group and a way of thinking that will have benefit for you and will prompt further learning. You may feel compelled to join any kind of group or institution, such as a new religious group, or maybe as simple as a gym.
In his focus on sharing knowledge through an institution, the Hierophant represents education and the pursuit of knowledge. This Tarot card can indicate a period of increased studying and learning, through formal mechanisms. You seek to understand a field of study that has been widely explored and documented, and so you may go to a well-known or established teacher to find out more.
The Hierophant can also appear in your life in the form of a priest, wise counsellor, psychotherapist or a spiritual mentor to whom you will turn for knowledge and wisdom. You will learn new skills from this helpful teacher as he has the wisdom to provide good counsel and advice.
The Hierophant is a trusted guide, one who will take us by the hand and lead us to our spiritual goal. He represents a gateway to a higher consciousness reached in a ritualized manner. He represents a link between us and the Divine and, for this reason, he is often referred to as the Pope. The role of the Pope is traditionally that of the mediator between God and mankind..
All things that are sacred and righteous come with this card – alliance, mercy, marriage, captivity, servitude, goodness, inner conscience and outer conscience.