“What the heck does Hierophant mean?”,
clients always ask. It’s
an ancient Greek term which refers to someone who interprets religious
mysteries. A term from antiquity which roughly translates to “priest” in
In classic Tarot meaning, The Hierophant card represents morality.
Doing the right thing. Making commitments and adhering to them no
matter how inconvenient or painful that may be. Words like pledge,
promise, commitment and rigorous learning come to mind with this card.
Some will include other words like teacher, tradition, classicism, and
From a Feminist Perspective, The Hierophant
is shrouded in a more sinister mantle. His misogynistic, traditional
religious overtones dominate. The Hierophant staunchly refuses to
acknowledge that women have equally strong, spiritual leadership
qualities as men. He burned 9 million women in the middle ages for
being witches. He strictly adheres to the laws laid down in ancient
religious writings which are rife with anti-feminine sentiment. He
sternly expects others to do the same. If you’ve ever read anything by
St. Augustine about the “weaker sex”, you’ll get this drift.
The Hierophant is a supporter of the ancient practices of inherited,
imperial hierarchy. He represents that part of ourselves that tends to
swallow whole the dictates of tradition, as if because they have always
been done, they must be right and good.
The Hierophant is number 5, following the Emperor number 4. The Emperor
rules absolutely, imperially and the Hierophant always has his back. He
will lead the flock, with the heavy-weight of God’s will behind him, to
follow the dictates of the Emperor without question or protest. The
Emperor looks to him for support, guidance and backing and in turn
provides the Hierophant with a cushy and safe abode from which to
conduct his work.
These two cards together suggest the client is bumping up against patriarchy at its worst. Questions like,
“How are you being bullied into going along with the status quo?”
“How are you following rules by rote rather than choice?”
“Why are you feeling guilty for being a bit of a rebel?”
“How might this contact or commitment mean that in the future, you will
have to muscle through it regardless of how much of a sacrifice this may
demand of you?”
Getting Married, for example
is performing a ritual which is expected, via tradition – it’s doing the
right thing by society, family and your future offspring.
You may be adhering to a tradition because it’s expected of you to do so.
Learning and/or Teaching Moral Guidance
You are in a hierarchal place. Now is the time to question whether you
are doing what you truly believe is right or going along with a
tradition that someone else has laid out.
This is why I picked the Hierophant to be the perfect representative for
this time of year. How many people partake in Christmas festivities
because they feel they should? How many events will you attend because
you are expected to? How much will you spend on silly items no one
wants really to fit in and not make waves in the traditions which so
dominate this time of year?
Going Along with Xmas Traditions
Too many feel pressured to attend, perform, spend and join in
festivities they would rather not. People outside the Christian
tradition are often expected to go along with these traditions and due
to the daunting influence of the media, marketing and habit, it is
difficult indeed to stand against the grain.
Those outside Christianity (and there are billions of them) aren’t the
only ones who feel this pressure. Even those who have been raised
Christian and would rather not join in the festivities (those in
addiction recovery, poor, LGBTQ just to name a few) feel embarrassed and
shy to say no to invites which put them socially in awkward,
I wish you the very best of the holiday season. Go where your heart
leads you. Offer only what you can afford. Invite those who share your
enthusiasm. Giving, fellowship with other humans, kindness should be
qualities we extend and celebrate all year, not just when the Hierophant
deems it a must-do.
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at this time of year including yourself (and want to give them something
no one else likely will!), I do provide hard copy, personalized Gift
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