The Hierophant is in the house! For me, this card brings to mind Fiddler on the Roof and the song “Tradition.” Why do we do what we do? Tradition! This is what we’re taught.
But the Hierophant is more than just religious rigidity, traditional forms of thoughts, and rules, rules, rules. When the Hierophant shows up in a spread, it can also speak to spiritual study. I like to think of the Hierophant as the University where I’m attending grad school. It stands for the administration, the giant library that holds the keys to my research, the rules and rigidity—but also, the knowledge and data that I am gaining. The Hierophant may have stringent ideas about how to live life, but it also brings wisdom and divine knowledge.
When I began my reentry to witchcraft and tarot, the Hierophant showed up often in my daily spreads. Instead of feeling like, “Ew! Conformity and authority and YUCK!” I felt a sense of peace—I had recently discovered a wise woman who was fast becoming a mentor to help me begin to understand my soul’s purpose and reconnect with the divine, and the cards were reassuring me that I was on the right path to understand the spiritual awakening that was shaking the foundations of my life.
In the card above, the Hierophant holds a key, as if asking you if you are ready to discover the key to moving forward. It is surrounded by flowers and other forms of growth, promising you that you, too, can learn and grow in wisdom through study. (Also? You gotta know the rules before you can break them!)
I’m no Hierophant, but I do have some knowledge to share. I’m excited to grow in my study and learning of witchcraft to the point where I’m ready to begin passing some of my knowledge along. I’m excited to announce my first workshop on kitchen witchery!
My hope is to eventually turn this into an electronic offering, so that you can learn about my approach to kitchen witchery regardless of where you live.
When the Hierophant comes up for you, do you recoil in horror? Does it remind you too much of the papacy or other rigid forms of religion? Or do you embrace the study of knowledge and jump in with two feet?