Hierophant Tarot Card Meanings

hierophant tarot card meaning

Hierophant Tarot Card
Meanings and Keywords:

The Hierophant tarot card meanings stem from its connection to Astrology and Numerology. The Hierophant tarot card can mean:


Traditions, rituals, and ceremonies.

Spiritual guidance.

Support and structure in your community.

A teacher.

Following the rules.

Following a leader.

Having faith.

Being a role model.

Asking the big questions about life and death.

Being in control of your emotions.




Breaking the rules

Hierophant tarot card meanings and Astrology

Hierophant tarot card is ruled by Taurus. Taurus is ruled by Venus and is a fixed sign in the zodiac. It promotes the traditions set forth by religion, culture, and education.

Hierophant as a symbol of Patanjali

The archetype of Patanjali serves as an enduring source of inspiration for those on the spiritual path, offering a systematic and comprehensive guide to self-realization through the practice of yoga. His teachings continue to be studied and revered by yogis, philosophers, and seekers of spiritual wisdom around the world.

Patanjali is associated with the compilation of the Yoga Sutras, a foundational text that provides guidance on the practice of yoga and the path to spiritual realization. The Hierophant is a symbol of your spiritual life, and it extends way beyond religion.

The influence of Patanjali’s archetype extends beyond the historical period in which he is believed to have lived. His teachings have become foundational in various yoga traditions, shaping the way yoga is practiced, taught, and understood globally.

Learn more about Patanjali and the 8 limbs of Yoga is on Yoga Journal Website Here. 

Hierophant in the Vision Quest

Hierophant speaks of coming out of the Vision Quest. The first 5 cards in the Major Arcana is a similar vision quest as Völund The Smith.  When he comes out of the vision quest, he finds his wife in Alfheim (home of the elves) and they live happily every after.

Hierophant tarot card meanings upright

Hierophant tarot card meanings in a general reading

Hierophant tarot card represents group consciousness, religion, and your belief system. Hierophant also denotes ceremony, traditions, kindness, charity, and spiritual counselling. Hierophant assists the world to spiritually attune itself by giving the people rules and guidelines.

Hierophant tarot card is all about service and being of service. The Hierophant can also mean mentoring and counseling. It reminds you to seek knowledge and to find your special place in this world. The Hierophant helps you find your path by searching for what nourishes your soul.

Hierophant tarot card meanings in a love reading

In a love reading, Hierophant tarot card signifies a deep commitment such as marriage. If the seeker is single, this card can mean they will soon meet someone who shares their values and beliefs.

Hierophant tarot card meanings in a career reading

In a career reading, Hierophant denotes work in religious organisations, schools, and institutions. If the Hierophant speaks of a business, it is often the most vital business to keep the economy going in a small town or a franchise.

The Hierophant tarot card meanings as feelings

Hierophant tarot card speaks of spiritual love and love that grows stronger with time. The Hierophant speaks of love that grows stronger by sharing a spiritual path. The Hierophant often denotes the Seeker can be a bit confused about their feelings because they feel they need to seek a deeper meaning in their life and this has priority over personal relationships. They often end up doing a circle where they end up where they started, except now they know that their love runs deeper than they first thought.

Hierophant tarot card meanings as Personality types

Hierophant tarot card denotes someone who is searching for meaning in life. They are looking for an alternative approach when challenged and are wise teachers and friends. Hierophant people walk their talk and are very educated and classy people. They give strength and support to those around them are often referred to as the ‘rock’ of someone’s life. Open to other’s beliefs and ideas they don’t get bound by them. They strongly stay by their own firm beliefs.

Hierophant tarot card meanings reversed

Hierophant reversed speaks of rules but no knowledge of why these rules are important. The ego is without guidance. This card reversed can speak of hypocrisy.

There is an inflexibility in the system and in the people of the system. Perhaps it’s an institution that controls information and the leaders make themselves rich while the poor remain poor. By locking away information and keeping people ignorant, the people remain powerless to change and improve the system.

Rather than helping the people and the community, the system uses the communities as a platform to get their own agendas favoured. Opponents get undermined and there is a strong pressure to conform.

Hierophant tarot card meanings reversed as Personality types

The reversed meanings of the tarot cards often speaks of the Seeker acting out due to being under a lot of stress. This can bring out the shadow aspect of the person. 

Hierophant tarot card reversed can speak of someone who has lost their way, often due to lack of support from their family, school system, and/or community. When it is less negative, it can mean someone who likes to live life outside of normal structures. This card reversed can speak of someone who has experienced a loss of faith.

Hierophant tarot card meanings summary

Hierophant tarot card signifies traditions, especially weddings. Notice in your tarot reading which cards are closest to the Hierophant, receiving his blessing. This can indicate what the Seeker feels blessed with in life. The Hierophant tarot card can also denote what gives the seeker meaning in life on a spiritual level.

Hierophant Tarot Card Combinations

Some important tarot card combinations including the Hierophant:

The Hierophant(IV) + The Fool: Students. 

The Hierophant(IV) + The Hanged Man: Psychology. 

The Hierophant(IV) + The Tower: Corruption. 

The Hierophant(IV) + Judgement: Politics.

The Hierophant(IV) + Three of pentacles: Community work. Spiritual work. 

The Hierophant(IV) + Six of pentacles: Spiritual charity. 

The Hierophant(IV) + Knight of pentacles: Job security. 

The Hierophant(IV) + Five of wands: Building an organisation. 

The Hierophant(IV) + Seven of wands: Defending your beliefs. 

The Hierophant(IV) + Knight of wands: Spiritual warrior. Spiritual work. A mission. 

The Hierophant(IV) + Queen of wands: A spiritual entrepreneur. 

The Hierophant(IV) + Ace of cups: A spiritual society. 

The Hierophant(IV) + Three of cups: A celebrant. A wedding. 

The Hierophant(IV) + Six of cups: Parenting. 

The Hierophant(IV) + Eight of cups: A pilgrimage. 

The Hierophant(IV) + Ace of swords: Spiritual beliefs. 

The Hierophant(IV) + Five of swords: Defeat within an organisation. Poor leadership. Abuse of power. 

The Hierophant(IV) + Queen of swords: Teaching. 

The Hierophant(IV) + King of swords: Administration. 

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