The Hierophant

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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?

Johanne

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5 thoughts on “The Hierophant

  1. This is the first time the “pope” card hasn’t made me want to dive behind a large piece of furniture. I’ve always projected all I don’t like about religion (especially my parents & family’s religion which is just toxic to me) on to the poor Heirophant card – as opposed to seeing it as a symbol of the practice and long traditions of the things I actually do believe. What an epiphany! High Priest it is!

    • Oh good, Ronda! I love epiphanies!
      I feel the same way as you, and have trouble with the pope card. This monk embodies what I do like about traditions. This is the fun part about making my own deck: I can make it significant for me. I’m so happy it makes sense for you too!

      • You are doing a fantastic job! This one resonates in a big lightbulb-over-the-head way. The monk touches on the martial arts traditions that I love too. Thanks and have a great Sunday!

  2. I like your view of him as a monk and I LOVE your artwork! The monk imagery goes well with the ideas of 5 being regarding the laws of the universe and our different human perspectives of them.

    • Thanks so much, Mike! So true about the 5. I hadn’t given it the thought it deserves! I always see the 5 as motion, from the stability of the 4. So much energy in the 5. How do you interpret it?

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