The Major Tarot card Hierophant is ruled by Taurus, element earth, key words, 'I believe.' The Hierophant card represents above all union, conciliation, transmission of the earthly and heavenly principles. This Tarot card revolves around learning a great deal of information on a profound level. Learning is a great deal of information on an esoteric level.
The Hierophant can be an older person who has reached a good station in life, who tells the secrets of life. Based on high standards and moral character, they give advice in love and compassion to help others comprehend spiritual power, divine law, laws of tradition and the law of nature. The learning, teaching, listening, and speaking brings positive results.
The Hierophant is able to transform the mundane into the spiritual.
Symbols have their own natural virtues to stimulate the mind, to think more clearly about Self, and about life. Symbols are used to represent various ideas, something that expresses the image of something else, or any hidden knowledge. All living and non-living things and colors have symbolic image value. All serve similar magical functions. There is more than one definition that can describe the association and effects of particular symbols, because each can cause a different impulse within the subconscious. A witch identifies each with the forces of nature and of their own psyche.
The grey background symbolizes the balance of opposites. The W on the crown, the Triple Crown, the triple cross and accepter is a Hebrew letter, Vau, meaning nail. It links humans to Divine Powers through inner voice. The Triple Crown symbolizes the divine number three of Trinity that represents the Crone, Mother and Maiden, as well as Father, Son, Holy Spirit.
The cross over the heart signifies purity and love. The cross over the solar plexus, the seat of emotions and the cross over the genitals, physical world, generative power. The robe symbolized ritual and the color red, passion, and vitality in action. The blue material peeking just below the hem is personal intuition, peace and calmness.
The Hierophant sits on a throne of power. Beneath his feet is an orange box for support. The color orange represents passion, desire and fiery energy. The white shoes indicate purity in comprehension and support in progress. The keys open the mystery to the hidden doctrine. One silver, one gold, lunar and solar power to unlock the gates of heaven and earth. The yellow Y's on the disciple's wear symbolizes three paths. Two paths merge into one with the faith of Divine Power. The color yellow means logic and communication. The white lilies on the shirt of the disciples on the left hand side represents purity of knowledge, abstract and desire. The black leaves, words negativity in growth and night. It is ignorance of growth. The red roses on the wear of the disciple on the left indicate fiery action in love and compassion. Both cultivated flowers represent cultural negatives and cultivated of will power.
The two stone pillars on either side of the Hierophant are decorated on the top tier with a mystic symbol of sexual union. The pillars are known as the Tree of Life Pillars. The top tier represents creative world, the middle, the formative world, and the lower tier of trefoil, the material world.
The Hierophant's right hand raised represents positive, masculine and spirit gives blessings.