Keywords: knowledge, tradition
The Hierophant often represents learning with experts or knowledgeable teachers. This card also stands for institutions and their values. The Hierophant is a symbol of the need to conform to rules or fixed situations. His appearance in a reading can show that you are struggling with a force that is not innovative, free-spirited or individual. Groups canbe enriching or stifling, depending on circumstances. Sometimes we need to follow a program or embrace tradition, other times, we need to trust ourselves.
A positive Hierophant represents orthodoxy and conventionality and often points to conventional learning such as a university or school. There is a great love for routine and outer details, tidiness and conventional appearance. When this card represents a person, it can mean a gifted teacher, priest, mentor or interpretor. It can also mean marriage.
Ritual and routine, religious guidance and authority, education in its formal sense. A seeker after knowledge and wisdom. Good sound advice, teaching and constructive counsel. Marriage, partnerships and morality.
A man of wisdom and vast experience of life. A guiding light in the dark, a kind and inspiring man you can call on for guidance and advice.
It is the upholder of tradition, and has the ability to hold people together with a common set of rules to live by. Also a representative of the old school tie network, although the authority of the hierophant is spiritual rather than material.