The soul journey through the Thoth tarot cards: The Hierophant

Posted on Oct 22, 2012 in Tarot

thoth hierophant tarot cardContinuing my journey through the spiritual development meaning of Tarot cards, specifically the major arcana of the Thoth deck, we reach number 5…..

The Hierophant Tarot card

The further along the spiritual path you walk, the more you realise there is to learn, and that’s exactly what the Hierophant tells us. It’s important to remain open to new knowledge and wisdom, retaining a teachable spirit, otherwise you could easily become dogmatic and rigid in your beliefs and history shows where that leads……

This flexibility and open approach to the spiritual journey emphasises the importance of personal experience and individual response to god/goddess, rather than insisting that everyone must follow the same rules and develop in exactly the same way to achieve enlightenment. Never be afraid to let go of certain beliefs or approaches that may have worked for you up till now, but no longer ring true in the light of recent experience or revelations.

Being spiritual is literally that, “being”, and that means a living knowledge that you are willing to put into action in every area of your life, not just a dry, academic one that exists in your head but never makes its way to your heart and hands. As you apply what you have learned in a practical way, you come to appreciate the value of perseverance, patience and persistence with both yourself and others you meet on your spiritual journey.

The Hierophant can indicate that a teacher is coming into or is present in your life to take you on to the next level – the Buddhist proverb “when the student is ready the teacher will appear” is particularly true of spiritual development. It is essential not to blindly accept the teaching of anyone else as absolute truth; always apply your own intuition and discernment to anything you are taught, taking on board what feels right for you and discarding what does not. Any good teacher will tell you that they don’t have all the answers and may not necessarily be right, but they are sharing their experience with the intention of helping others. It is too easy to place those who you feel know more than you on a pedestal, and experience deep disappointment when eventually and inevitably they topple from their precarious perch.

Gandalf is a marvellous literary example of a hierophant, as is Dumbledore from the Harry Potter books. If you want to know what happens when the hierophant energy is out of balance, look no further than the ghastly Mr Collins in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.

Equally, this card could indicate that you have accumulated considerable wisdom and that it is time for you to pass it on by teaching others. It is true that the best way to learn more about something is to teach it, because you will gain just as much from your students as they will from you!

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