The Hierophant in Love

Tarot card from the Rider-Waite tarot deck, al...

Tarot card from the Rider-Waite tarot deck, also known as the Rider-Waite-Smith deck. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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 integration of male and female principles. 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 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, plan to include some inspirational music on your date or for when you get back in from it.

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

* Rx=Reversed


  1. Jojo

    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)?