Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Hierophant -- Major Arcana

The fifth Major Arcana card in the Tarot Deck is Hierophant. The picture I have used is from the Rider Waite Tarot Cards.
After having learnt his lessons from emperor, fool continues on with his journey exploring what lessons awaits next.

On his way, he starts facing sudden fears of losing everything and this is when he meets Hierophant. Hierophant is a holy man, much like a priest kind of person. Acolytes kneel before him, while he is seated on a throne. His one hand is raised as if blessing those kneeled before him and other holding a staff as if imparting his knowledge and wisdom.

Fool asks for guidance from Hierophant on how to overcome his fears. Hierophant imparts him the knowledge of holding or retaining the experience even if the material things are lost. The traditions, ethics and belief you always carry even if circumstances force you to be seperated from your friends and family. After having realized this Fool feels peaceful and happy and continues onwards with his journey.

When this card comes up in a reading it symbolizes the religious beliefs and social traditions which we follow. It does symbolizes teh social and religious gatherings like marriage. It does indicate the respect for the community traditions.

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