Card Meanings

The Hierophant in Love

The Rider Waite Hierophant Card

The Hierophant (aka The High Priest or The Pope) is one of the wedding cards in a love and romance reading, especially together with the 2 of Cups or The Lovers.

The Hierophant could also represent a relationship counsellor, a priest or a wise teacher. If he represents the romantic interest of a young woman, it could be her university lecturer or someone in a similar position of authority.

The Hierophant brings stability and an element of commitment to most relationships but could, if reversed or badly aspected, indicate divorce or a break-up. Another meaning for this card in a relationship reading isthat one or both of you are beginning to focus more on spiritual learning and relationships with teachers and other inspirational people might take on greater importance than the relationship with your beloved.

Reversed and together with the Knight of Wands, The Hierophant could indicate that the person you are seeing is not likely to commit. Together with The Devil, Death Rx* or The World Rx, The Hierophant could mean a commitment that keeps going long past its ability to bring joy to either party.

On an occult and soul alchemy level, The Hierophant is the part of the Self which blesses the ritual of hieros gamos – the alchemical union between male and female. In Wicca, the ritual is enacted symbolically by dipping a dagger into a chalice. This ritual usually takes place during Beltane (either symbolically or enacted by a priest and priestess) in the time of Taurus which is the Astrological correspondence for The Hierophant.

In a reading for a single person, The Hierophant could indicate that they long and/or are ready for a committed relationship. In answer to where this type of love is likely to be found, it would be in a teaching/learning environment, educational/religious institution or through bonding over similar tastes in music.

Sexually, this card reflects the duality between spirituality and tradition inherent in this card. The sensual Goddess energy of the Venusian Zodiac sign Taurus is certainly present but could be inhibited by a patriarchal upbringing.

Especially women might feel oppressed if this card touches on intimacy issues. Frigidity could be indicated together with the Queen of Swords or the reversed Empress.

As personality traits for describing a suitor the positive traits would be strength, charisma, creativity, hard-working, dependable and the negative traits would be dogmatic, bull-headed, rigid and possessive.

Music and singing are both connected with The Hierophant via its correspondence with Taurus, so if this card shows up in the advice position in a relationship reading, consider music to woo your intended.

Physically, The Hierophant could indicate the ears and neck as erogenous zones.

* Rx=Reversed

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6 replies »

  1. Hi Lisa,

    Thanks for putting up such a thorough interpretation of the Hierophant. I’m always scared when he comes up in readings. You’ve made him much less scary!

    I was wondering, you said that if a reversed hierophant is paired with the knight of wands, then it means that the person is not likely to commit, but what if it’s the opposite (an upright hierophant with a reversed knight of wands)?

  2. the combination I got was queen of wands and hierophant the likely progress or outcome chariot. the guilded cards were used for this spread. I have never seen this combo before and it is a rekindled dynamic recent. how would you read that? the queen is me. but I don’t understand how to read the hiierophant or the chariot for non committed dynamics

    • I would say you hooked him with your Queen of Wands charm but she is not usually seen as ‘wife material’ – hence the Chariot as the progressed energy… an expression of my way or the highway and a likelihood of this ending in tears.

  3. Hi Lisa,
    Can the Hierophant in the outcome position in a relationship spread still indicate marriage or commitment in the absence of 10 or the 2 of cups or 10 of pentacles?

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