The Hierophant is most often depicted in some sort of religious garb. Traditionally, he is depicted wearing the garb of the Church and has the right hand raised in the sign of the benediction. Beside the Hierophant, we often see two acolytes.
Upright: Conformity, tradition, education, knowledge
Reversed: Meaning: Non-conformity, ignorance, rebellion
The Hierophant upright is associated with tradition and conformity. Following traditional paths is not always a bad thing. After all, tradition connects us as a society and helps us establish core values. The Hierophant suggests that following established social structures is beneficial.
When seen in reverse, the Hierophant represents feeling constricted by convention. While traditions are important, there are some conventions that are best left behind for the sake of progress. Just because something has been done for a long time, doesn’t mean that it’s necessarily a good thing.
Hierophant in a Love Reading
Upright: The Hierophant in a love reading can mean an upcoming marriage. If you’re still looking for love the hierophant suggests choosing traditional methods for your search and in your partner selection. The Hierophant advises you against choosing partners who are taboo. In other words- don’t go for the bad boy.
Reversed: When seen in a love reading, the Hierophant in reverse can indicate that your current love life has become a little boring. Maybe you entered a relationship that seemed practical but haven’t been able to find excitement and passion with your partner. On the other hand, seeing the Hierophant in reverse might mean that your values and your partner’s values don’t align. While this isn’t necessarily a dealbreaker, you’ll want to figure out where you can, and can’t, compromise.
Hierophant in a Career Reading
Upright: In a career reading, the Hierophant recommends working with others and staying on the tried and true path. If you’re facing the situation with many unknowns, it’s best to go the traditional route. The card may also represent a reliable adviser, mentor, or teacher who can guide you either in school or at work.
Reversed: Seeing the Hierophant reversed in a career reading means that you may feel stifled at work. Your current job atmosphere may be too traditional, with the higher ups insisting that you do things “their way”, which might be stifling your creativity. The Hierophant encourages you to create an actionable plan. This might involve finding a new job or working on a way to strive within the imposed constraints.
Hierophant in Finances
Upright: When seen in a reading about finances, the Hierophant suggests that you stay traditional with your money. If you’re considering new opportunities, make sure to get all of the facts and avoid gambling with your money for the time being.
Reversed: When seen in reverse, the Hierophant signifies that changes in your finances. Remaining responsible and realistic about any potential financial risks will help ensure that your money remains safe.