The Hierophant: general, standing and reversed meaning

The Hierophant, general description

The Hierophant is the 6th card of the Major Arcana. It is part of Fatecaster’s Tarot card list that summarizes the Rider Waite Tarot cards’ meaning.

The Hierophant embodies the world of faith, the profound trust originating from religious certainty. Back in the old days this was one of the three protecting Tarot cards so it basically has a positive effect on how things go. This interpretation is favorable for many reasons since the trust expressed by it also refers to our own self-confidence, to the faith in the deepest meaning of our life and thus the vision for the future. Besides the card is not only a guidance for ethics and virtue but it also symbolizes the personal intentions originating from our moral values.


The Hierophant, standing

Belief in traditions, in old things. Justified, ancient power. Supporting, understanding and loyal. Instructions, learning, guidance or getting inspiration. The ability the listen to spiritual, inner voices. It can mean a religious ritual such as marriage or initiation.


The Hierophant, reversed

Authoritarianism. Narrow-minded, dogmatic thinking. Old system, rule. Bad or inexpert suggestion. Inability to listen to the inner voice or the ability exists but its use is selfish and autotelic.