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Major Arcana

The Hierophant

The Hierophant is the card that represents conformity as well as tradition in the Major Arcana. There are several things that this card can represent which range from a traditional marriage which could result from a setup. It can represent counseling or education in a traditional setting.


The Hierophant is the card that represents traditions as well as conformity in the Major Arcana. Whereas the Emperor makes the rules, the Hierophant follows them as there is absolutely no innovative side to this card. The Hierophant sticks to what he is told and follows the rules. This card rules traditional settings such as marriages, especially if it is set up or a religious ceremony. This is the card as well that represents counseling and getting guidance on something you need some help for in life. Additionally, this is the card that rules education and higher learning. All of these things require you to follow what is being told and to conform. The Hierophant is open to taking in the wisdom given by others as well. The Hierophant provides wisdom to the community based on what was learned.

The Hierophant image


  • # Seeking advice or counseling

  • # Marriage

  • # Learning

  • # Tradition

  • # Going by the rules

  • # Conforming

  • # Religion

Reversed Meaning

When the Hierophant card shows up in reverse, it can represent several signs. Firstly, it represents purposely rebelling against the rules that may bring on trouble with the law. It may also represent breaking away from family traditions and values. Another meaning could simply be poor counseling or abusing a higher position.

Reversed Keywords

  • # Rebelling against the rules on purpose

  • # Breaking away from family traditions and values

  • # Poor counseling

  • # The abuse of being in a higher position

Day Card

Lean on your community for support. Stick to traditions that feel the most comfortable to you. Gain wisdom by listening to those who are more experienced than you in certain aspects of life.