Upright: tradition, wisdom, morality, ethics
Reversed: rebellion, subversiveness, self-determination
The Hierophant sits on a throne between two pillars in a religious temple. There is no veil hanging between the pillars, as The Hierophant intends to communicate knowledge rather than conceal it. They wear a triple crown and carry a triple scepter, representing the three domains they rule over (past/present/future, id/ego/superego, or perhaps heaven/earth/spirit). Two monks wait at The Hierophant’s feet to receive their spiritual wisdom. The crossed keys lying within reach represent access to sacred knowledge and the spiritual realm. The monks look to the Hierophant but have the option of grabbing the keys and forging their own path.
5: Conflict, loss, change, adversity, rebuilding
The Hierophant Upright
How has your heritage shaped your identity? How has your identity affected the way you move through the world? What can you do to honor and celebrate that? The Hierophant represents the spiritual (not necessarily religious) teachings and beliefs that are passed down through generations. They remind us to take stock of those beliefs, keep what serves us, and let go of the rest. Form your own code of ethics and act accordingly while considering the example you are setting for others.
The Hierophant Reversed
Consider your current circumstances (your job, friendships, romantic relationships, familial ties and responsibilities, etc.) and ask yourself whether they reflect your values. If you’re not clear on what those values are, dedicate some time to figuring it out. You might turn to a mentor or trusted elder for advice, but remember that you are the expert on your life. Live authentically rather than seeking external validation. You can honor your ancestors while forging your own path— doing what is right for you is not a betrayal of your family or your community.