The Hierophant. Tradition. Higher knowledge.
This card usually depicts a priest, but I’ve painted him as a monk. It works better for me and my beliefs.
This card is about tradition. What you have learned in your formative years. Stability. Power.
The Hierophant is also known as the High Priest. He is the male counterpart of the High Priestess. While her knowledge is about hidden, unconscious things, he is about conventional, formal teaching.
When this card comes up, it says to stick with the tried and true course of action. This is not the time for unconventional thought.
I like the idea of a monk as the Hierophant. It symbolizes for me years of practice and also a calmness and inner confidence in what you know.
This card is also about higher learning, going back to school, getting a degree.
It’s also about a traditional link with the sacred. The Priest in the traditional version shows this link, as being the intermediary between us and God. Again, we can compare this with the High Priestess, who shows us that we are the only link we need to get in touch with the sacred.
What is the positive side to being accompanied by the Hierophant? He can help us on our journey to knowledge. Tradition can show us how it has worked in the past, and how it can work for us too.
How do you see the Hierophant?