V. The Hierophant



A light-skinned, blonde person wears a one-shouldered blue dress and dances as hands of various skin tones reach out to them. Each of the figure’s fingers has a key ring with a yellow key around it. A yellow string is wrapped around their left wrist and loops around their right arm. The background is a pink-yellow gradient with a geometric square pattern.

Key words

Upright: tradition, wisdom, morality, ethics

Reversed: rebellion, subversiveness, self-determination

Reflection questions

  • What role does tradition play in my life, and how can I either embrace or challenge it?
  • How has my identity affected the way I move through the world?
  • How can I deepen my spiritual or religious practice?

The Hierophant Upright

How has your heritage shaped your identity? How has your identity affected the way you move through the world? What can you do to honor and celebrate that? The Hierophant represents the spiritual (not necessarily religious) teachings and beliefs that are passed down through generations. They remind us to take stock of those beliefs, keep what serves us, and let go of the rest. Form your own code of ethics and act accordingly while considering the example you are setting for others.

The Hierophant Reversed

Consider your current circumstances (your job, friendships, romantic relationships, familial ties and responsibilities, etc.) and ask yourself whether they reflect your values. If you’re not clear on what those values are, dedicate some time to figuring it out. You might turn to a mentor or trusted elder for advice, but remember that you are the expert on your life. Live authentically rather than seeking external validation. You can honor your ancestors while forging your own path— doing what is right for you is not a betrayal of your family or your community.