Major Arcana The Hierophant
Twin pillars, staff, throne, triple crown of a Pope, hand raised in blessing, and two acolytes, are the basic symbols of this Tarot card. The purpose of the Hierophant is to bring the spiritual down to Earth. This card symbolizes a need to conform, and social approval, on the one hand, as well as mercy, forgiveness, compassion, conformity, and inspiration, on the other hand. In reverse, this card stands for unconventionality, and unorthodoxy, in addition to vulnerability, and frailty.

To continue the basic Tarot story, the Fool, after creating a foundation on which to build his future, faces sudden fear. He goes to the place where he finds the Hierophant, and tells him about his fears – what if everything he has worked for is lost, stolen destroyed, or is taken away? The Hierophant tells him he has to either lose his fear, or consider what to do if the worst happens.

The basic meaning of this Tarot card is to create harmony in the face of crisis. During a crisis, the Hierophant diffuses the panic and offers a good and practical advice. To the querent, this card means that he knows how to solve his problem, though it is not very easy.

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