How to Read Tarot Cards – 05 – The Hierophant (Reversed)

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This is an article in a series on how to read the Tarot Cards. This series contains an in depth look at each of the cards’ possible interpretations within a reading in context of their position. I will be using the Celtic Cross spread.

The Hierophant (Reversed) On His Own

The Hierophant (Reversed) on his own is a card suggesting a person who projects his faith onto the whole of humanity. He is blind to all things, unless they fall within his personal belief system and will exclude anything else without question. This person tends to be domineering, controlling, and manipulative.

1. The Hierophant (Reversed) as the Center

The Hierophant (Reversed) as the Center suggests the situation is too exclusive in it’s structure. The damage is most likely to come from not being open to alternative ideas and philosophies.

2. The Hierophant (Reversed) as the Obstacle

The Hierophant (Reversed) as the Obstacle suggests the receiver is seriously out of touch with the situation altogether. He believes what he believes and will not allow anyone else to tell him otherwise, even if the evidence for the situation being the way it is is right in front of his face.

tarot major arcana 05 The Hierophant.jpg3. The Hierophant (Reversed) as the Super-Conscious

The Hierophant (Reversed) as the Super-Conscious suggests the receiver feels his faith is failing him in this situation. This may signify a crisis of faith in regards to this situation as well. Learning some new spiritual pathways may alleviate this.

4. The Hierophant (Reversed) as the Recent Future

The Hierophant (Reversed) as the Recent Future suggests the receiver is headed for a crisis of faith due to his closed mindedness around this situation. His forceful and absolute need for control of the situation is getting in the way of making any progress.

5. The Hierophant (Reversed) as the Subconscious

The Hierophant (Reversed) as the Subconscious suggests the receiver has mulled over everything he can think of in regards to this situation. If progress is to be made, he needs to open up to other ways of thinking about the situation.

6. The Hierophant (Reversed) as the Recent Past

The Hierophant (Reversed) as the Recent Past suggests the situation has come about due to a spiritual crisis and the blind-sightedness which accompanied that.

7. The Hierophant (Reversed) as the Receiver

The Hierophant (Reversed) as the Receiver suggests the receiver is being very closed minded in this situation, and also very controlling. Any and all of his decisions will be made by way of his faith, and there is no room of other people’s opinions. Only God matters to the receiver.

8. The Hierophant (Reversed) as the Influence

The Hierophant (Reversed) as the Influence suggests the receiver is under the exclusive influence of his faith, and that is all he makes for a home life. If someone doesn’t agree, he throws them to the wayside. He’s very “good” at choosing people to be close with, but this is very limiting for his experience in the situation.

9. The Hierophant (Reversed) as the Intuition

The Hierophant (Reversed) as the Intuition suggests the receiver feels abandoned by God in this situation. He fears the worst outcome for himself. He fears hell for the things he’s done.

10. The Hierophant (Reversed) as the Outcome

The Hierophant (Reversed) as the Outcome suggests the situation will come to a close leaving the receiver unsure about his faith in a higher power. Where this isn’t always a bad thing, it is important for the receiver to be open to new philosophies at this time, else he’ll just fall back into his old, closed minded ways.

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