What does The Hierophant tarot card mean?

FOR those looking to get an insight into their lives, they often use tarot cards to learn more about their past, present or future

Among the 78 cards is The Hierophant which has been linked back to tradition and convention.

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The Hierophant card stands for tradition and conventionCredit: Getty

What does The Hierophant tarot card mean?

The Hierophant is one of the Major Arcana cards in the deck.

The Hierophant is often seen seated on a thrown in between two pillars that symbolizing law and liberty or obedience and disobedience, depending on which way the card is facing.

When drawn, the card typically means that one must learn the fundamental principles before making your own choices.

Some of the commonly associated words and phrases include:

  • Education
  • Learning
  • Marriage
  • Religion
  • Seeking counsel or advice
  • Spiritual guidance
  • Tradition

What does the The Hierophant card reversed mean?

Like all tarot cards, the meaning changes depending on the position it is drawn in.

When reversed, it can often mean that you are in fact your own teacher and it can be a reminder that the answers you are searching for can come from within.

Some commonly associated words and phrases to the reversed card include:

  • Personal beliefs
  • Freedom
  • Challenging the status quo
The Hierophant is one of 78 tarot cards

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The Hierophant is one of 78 tarot cardsCredit: Getty

What religion do tarot cards come from?

The oldest surviving set of tarot cards dates back to 14th century Italy and was created for the Duke of Milan’s family around 1440.

While many associate the cards to ancient Egypt, the Kabbalah or Indian Tantra, scholarly research has suggested that there is actually no historical evidence the cards were used in a certain religion but rather shared by all of the “religio-spiritual traditions.”

The cards are often used to gain insight into one’s life during uncertain times, much like different religions look towards a god for guidance.

Jenna Cargle sat down with Religion News Service in April 2021 to talk about the use of tarot cards in her Catholic home.

“I got comfortable with myself, Catholicism and spirituality. … I was no longer afraid to touch a tarot deck,” Cargle told the media outlet after explaining that her mother, a Catholic, had first introduced her to them.

Cargle later went on to reveal that while she doesn’t identify as religious now, she uses tarot as a tool.

“I’m a strong believer that everything happens for a reason and that there is a set path for everyone. But there are different (possible) endings,” Cargle explained, adding that tarot helps predict the possible endings.

What does The Hierophant tarot card mean?

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