The Hierophant

The Hierophant

Keywords for The Hierophant Tarot Card

  • Conventional wisdom
  • Society’s expectations
  • Follow the traditional path
  • A religious ceremony, like a wedding or baptism


The Hierophant tarot card represents conventional society, authority figures, and doing things the “right” way. For people, especially the wild and unconventional rebels who follow the tarot’s path, this pushes buttons.

Traditionally, The Hierophant card shows a man in a crown and robe with a scepter. He’s not a king. It’s clear he’s a religious figure on a throne in front of two supplicants and with a set of crossed keys in between them.  The Hierophant is sometimes called “The Pope” card, which perfectly describes its role in the tarot. It’s the card of ceremony, convention, and religion. This card honors tradition and established rules.

In this deck, a wise owl perches on a scepter wearing a religious hat. A set of two keys rest in his claws representing societal rules.

This card can represent a teacher of divine wisdom or it can carry a lesson about your role in society. The Hierophant also shows up when you are feeling the need for social approval and want to fit in. Not all established rules and traditions are bad and sometimes it’s better not to rock the boat, especially when you’re sitting in it!

It’s natural to desire the acceptance and approval of the people you love. Being a member of a family, a community, and a society comes with certain (usually unstated) expectations and rules. This card represents those rules.


Keywords for The Hierophant Reversed

  • Nonconformist, rebel, outcast
  • Problems with society or authority

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  • The original was painted on 11x14 high quality 140lb watercolor paper with Turner watercolor paints.
  • Signature is hidden in the painting. 
  • Your original painting will come with a certificate of authenticity and a backing board, wrapped in plastic.
  • The painting is vertically oriented.


High quality reproductions are also available in 11x14 and 8x10 or 5x7 (with slight cropping) on an excellent quality linen paper which will retain it's true colors for many years.