In the Rider Waite Smith (RWS) deck it depicts a pope-like figure, which reminds me of the Catholic Church, making it difficult for me to connect with this card and “warm” to it.
For me organised religion represents dogma, tradition and rules you have to comply with.
If you don’t, then you will be in trouble.
Thankfully, nowadays you no longer will be burned at the stake, if you disagree and try to bring about changes and reform.
My Hierophant (Stonehenge) captures a more tolerant, open-minded interpretation.
For me this card symbolises guidance, education, ethics, philosophy, tradition, conformity and organised religion, but all these aspects of the Hierophant need to flow, move and change over time according to the needs of people.
Flexibility is a necessity to avoid being stuck in the past and fall into decay with a false sense of security. Nothing lasts forever.
Currently, organised religion is only reacting to change. It would be refreshing to see religious institutions take the lead in the process of change and come up with new and innovative, progressive ideas.
Astrologically, the Hierophant is connected to Taurus.
Whilst Taurus displays positive traits such as stability, determination and dependability, its vices include stubbornness, complacency and inertia – quite fitting for the Hierophant.
When the Hierophant comes up in a reading, this card may ask you to add something new to an established area in your life – home life, relationship, job/career – or make some adjustment to avoid staleness and feeling stifled.
Consider re-writing some rules, start a debate or gain new knowledge to broaden your horizon.
You can live according to rules and within boundaries set by society, but ensure this is in accordance with your individuality and integrity.
2012 is also the Year of the Hierophant. Read more about how to make use of the Hierophant’s energies this year here.
If you’d like to learn more about the Hierophant and all the other cards in the Tarot, please check out my ebook The Cosmic Faery Tarot Guidebook.