Tradition, education, convention, structure, religion
“The Hierophant represents knowledge and learning. The right hand is raised in blessing, with two fingers pointed skyward and two pointing down, thus forming a bridge between Heaven and Earth. The triple crown and scepter represent the three worlds – the physical, the astral, and the etheric. The two pillars symbolize Law and Liberty. The crossed keys are a symbol of balance between the conscious and subconscious minds and the unlocking of mysteries. They are also the keys to the kingdom of heaven. The Hierophant is typically shown with two initiates. The Hierophant’s task is to bring the two initiates into the church so that they can take up their appointed roles.”
The Hierophant is a teacher, sitting on a throne between pillars of Law and Freedom. Her triple crown represents the three worlds, her triple scepter symbolizes her dominion over those three worlds. She is a benefactor, her hand raised in blessing; she is bathed in light, which then filters through the water to two kneeling hippocampi. These are her willing students of the crossed keys lying before them. They are ready to be initiated by her into a realm of knowledge, rules and tradition. To unlock mysteries of spirituality and religion, and earn their conventional roles in her tradition.
This card represents a need to play by the rules and pay attention to detail – this is not a time to think outside the box, but to pursue knowledge, and achieve goals in a traditional way.
Astrological Element & Association
Earth / Taurus
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