The Hierophant – The Taurus Tarot Card


The Hierophant tarot card symbolises tradition, convention and conformity. It represents organised religion and traditional organisations, such as educational establishments and government. The fifth card in the tarot deck is associated with power. The Hierophant is the masculine counterpart to the High Priestess, and is sometimes known as the Pope or the Shaman. The Hierophant represents a traditional role model, group identification and religious beliefs and conformity.

Traditional Symbolism

The classic Rider Waite Hierophant tarot card features an illustration of a seated religious figure, in a formal church environment. The male figure is wearing elaborate vestments and a crown. His right hand is raised in benediction. The triple sceptre that he holds in his left hand is symbol of his dominion over three worlds. The crossed keys positioned at the base of the card represent balance between the conscious and subconscious minds, and the unlocking of mysteries.

When this card appears in a reading it can suggest that you may be giving away your power to someone else, or to a group of people. The card also proposes that you take a look at your behaviour. You could be acting in a particular way in order to meet the expectations of others.

The Hierophant In Your Spread

The Hierophant is very conventional and typically promotes an orthodox approach. When this tarot card shows up in a tarot reading you may need to adapt your existing set of beliefs. Expect to do what is asked of you. This is not the time to challenge the status quo or authority.

When this card appears in your tarot card reading spread you may be about to meet a spiritual mentor, wise counsellor or priest. This person can offer wisdom, advice and support, and is also a helpful teacher. The Hierophant suggests that it may be wise to follow established social structures and traditions at this time. You could also be involved in some sort of ceremony, or an event that honours tradition in some way.

Love & Romance

In your loving relationships, the Hierophant card points out that you may be doing what other people expect of you. You are likely to be keeping up appearances, even when things are far from ideal. Although you may have a plan of action, your fear stops you from following through. The Hierophant symbolises duty in a relationship, and can also represent a traditional and conventional type of romantic union. When this card appears in your reading it may be time to break free of restrictive traditions that hold you back from expressing your needs.


In career matters, the Hierophant symbolises the following of traditional methods. You may be stuck in a pattern or routine that is no longer productive or effective. Although you may be afraid to voice new ideas, doing things the same old way will get you nowhere.


The Hierophant can represent a Guru figure that has power over non-religious or spiritual traditions or organisations. In matters relating to health, the Hierophant can signify the following of diet or exercise fads. Pay attention to all that influences your choices of what you consume, and how you look after your body, mind and spirit.


The Hierophant card indicates that you may feel compelled to join a group or institution that offers supportive learning. This new knowledge is the key to improving your financial wealth, security and stability. Trust yourself, and follow whatever program of self-development that feels right to you.

To find out what the Hierophant has in store for you call one of our psychic readers today.

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