Positive associations with this tarot card: advice, wise counsel, spiritual consolation, knowledge, identification, faith, conformity, tradition.
Negative associations with this tarot card: misinformation, lack of faith, deviousness, bad advice, confusion, disorderly conduct.
Also negatively, The Hierophant can symbolize feeling stifled by others wanting you to conform to their expectations rather than being yourself, and not wanting to take more traditional options. However, there is an upside to this negative aspect of the card that can mean making your own rules.
Another negative aspect of this card is that he can represent confusion, a crisis of faith or self belief that results in disorderly conduct
The Hierophant is a symbol of moral law, a wise and capable advisor, a practical instructor and spiritual guide.
He also represents the more conventional, tried and tested traditional values, therefore advising on more conventional thinking rather than novel approaches.
Perhaps you've struggled to meet your parent's expectations for you, educationally or career-wise, because you simply wanted to do something else? Perhaps your spouse or lover likes you to behave in a certain way and you don't like it?
The issues about what is right and wrong for you personally are of greater importance when The Hierophant appears in your reading.
For example, you may feel that fidelity and the tradition of marriage is important to you, and your lover is prepared to live together but not as man and wife, and this troubles you.
Perhaps there are many feelings, views, opinions and principles that you are having trouble expressing and living by, and suppressing them is causing internal conflict.
The Hierophant often represents a teacher or wise counsel - someone you may choose to turn to for help and guidance.
If you are struggling to be true to yourself, it can be very therapeutic to seek the comfort and understanding of someone who you feel able to express your REAL thoughts and feelings to.
Sometimes, we can feel trapped by someone or a situation, but in reality we have created the situation ourselves by denying what we really want or who we really are.
They say it can be difficult to see the reality of your own situation from within it, so when this kindly and spiritually comforting card appears in your reading, it could be suggesting you seek out the help and guidance of someone you trust to give you an alternative perspective.
It could also be highlighting the importance of being true to yourself and not simply conforming to what others expect of you.
We don't always have the answers and we don't always know what's best for us ... in such circumstances, when The Hierophant appears in your readings, consider seeking advice, guidance or counseling to help you find those answers.
The Hierophant may actually represent a teacher, priest or advisor but is more likely to symbolize moral lessons to be learned from events.
This card can be an indicator of marriage or a desire for marriage, as well as point to legal responsibilities and official documents.
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