How to Read Tarot Cards – 05 – The Hierophant

This is an article in a series on how to read the Tarot Cards. This series contains an in depth look at each of the cards’ possible interpretations within a reading in context of their position. I will be using the Celtic Cross spread.

The Hierophant On His Own

The Hierophant on his own is a card of religious fervor and power. The Hierophant is a man at the head of his religious office. Often times referred to as the Pope, he is depicted with two clergyman before him, and is crowned carrying the staff of his office.

The Hierophant is a card suggesting a person who has a very strong faith in their religion. When others in his community need advice, they often come to him, and he guides them always with God in mind, and the wellbeing of their soul.

1. The Hierophant as the Center

The Hierophant as the Center suggests the situation is grounded in faith. The structure surrounding this situation is what the receiver believes to be God’s will, and no action will be taken without consulting his source.

2. The Hierophant as the Obstacle

The Hierophant as the Obstacle suggests the receiver is blinded by his faith, and can do nothing without the knowledge that God approves of it. To overcome this will be tricky, because his faith is so strong, and the solution does lay outside of his boundaries.

tarot major arcana 05 The Hierophant.jpg3. The Hierophant as the Super-Conscious

The Hierophant as the Super-Conscious suggests the receiver feels the situation and it’s outcome is purely God’s will. He feels like he has no choice in the matter, and would rather just leave it in God’s hands.

4. The Hierophant as the Recent Future

The Hierophant as the Recent Future suggests the receiver is going through a crisis of faith and will soon come to a break through which will directly effect the situation.

5. The Hierophant as the Subconscious

The Hierophant as the Subconscious suggests all the receiver’s thoughts revolve around his faith in God. No matter what he thinks of the situation, it is dependent on the will of God – this is the deciding factor for most of his choices.

6. The Hierophant as the Recent Past

The Hierophant as the Recent Past suggests it was the receiver’s faith in God which brought him into the situation. If he expected some form of outcome from the choices he made, it was that God would lead him in the right direction, and this is what brought him here.

7. The Hierophant as the Receiver

The Hierophant as the Receiver suggests the receiver is a strictly religious person. He holds all of his power in his faith and expresses it often – even to the exclusion of other people’s beliefs.

8. The Hierophant as the Influence

The Hierophant as the Influence suggests the receiver has a strong circle of religion and faith about him. It is the key source of everything in his life, and he will scarcely make a judgment without the approval of this structure.

9. The Hierophant as the Intuition

The Hierophant as the Intuition suggests the receiver has put the situation in God’s hands and is riding the situation waiting for his faith to reward him. If he’s put a lot of thought into this it has only been from the point of view of God’s.

10. The Hierophant as the Outcome

The Hierophant as the Outcome suggests the situation will come to a conclusion which will validate the receiver’s faith. In his eyes, God has shown him the light, and he has followed as his servant. The rewards he receives are gifts from God and will be treated as such.

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