Higher learning, education. Tradition. Spiritual Guidance, Counsellor. Faith. Teaching or teacher. Learning through study or books - Knowledge is Power.
The literal translation of the word Hierophant is ‘priest’ or ‘holy man’. It’s a connection between religion and spirituality. The bridge between man and god. The connection with all things philosophical and of knowledge handed down through the ages. The connection to ancient knowledge, teachings and wisdom and can represent higher education, the study of ancient oracles such as Astrology or the Tarot. Unlike the High Priestess, which the Hierophant is considered to be the male partner for, where her focus is on a personal connection with the divine or your subconscious, here the focus is on collective wisdom. This is a card that indicates study, learning, gaining knowledge or either reaching out to a teacher or mentor or becoming one yourself. The search for answers, knowledge and wisdom through study, books or education from those that have gone before you.
Reversed or with challenging cards around the Hierophant, this could represent a sense of dissatisfaction for a life that is shallow or lacks meaning, wanting more from life in the form of something deeper or more meaningful. On a more mundane level, it could also indicate that you don’t have all the answers or information you need and that you need to dig deeper to find the truth or seek out an expert.