Inverted Hierophant

Interpretation

Inverted HierophantThis is the card of anarchists and teenagers alike. It is the final authority, turned on its head. This is a rebellion against religion, government, or corporate entities.

Are you pushing against the rules? Because they’re outdated? Because they don’t apply to this situation? Are you contemplating something unethical or immoral, or simply inviting change?

This card can indicate the dissolution of a partnership or marriage, or being disillusioned by the bad behavior of a personal hero.

Whatever it is, consider what rules you intend to break or bend. Are the consequences worth the risk or challenge? You are dealing with something established, and you could have your work cut out for you.

Interactions

In a spread, the Hierophant can interact with a few cards. The effect is usually to solidify a spiritual center.

Major Arcana

Emperor: If the Hierophant comes before the Emperor, spiritual desires will win in a struggle with the material. If both cards are inverted in the same positions, it indicates failure and wealth lost through pride. If the Hierophant comes after the Emperor, material desires will win out in a struggle against the material. If both cards are inverted in the same positions, a lack of learning will cause the loss of wealth and power.
Lovers: If the Hierophant shows up in a spread with the Lovers, it can indicate a marriage.
Chariot: If the Hierophant comes after the Chariot, it indicates success in a creative field.
Devil: If the Hierophant shows up in a spread with the Devil, it may indicate power misused, deception, or spiritual manipulation.
Moon: If the Hierophant shows up in a spread with the Moon, it may indicate power misused, deception, or spiritual manipulation.

Minor Arcana

Four of Wands (Clubs, Rods, Staves): If the Hierophant shows up in a spread with the Four of Wands (Clubs, Rods, or Staves in other decks), it can indicate a marriage.
Two of Cups (Hearts): If the Hierophant shows up in a spread with the Two of Cups (Hearts in other decks), it can indicate a marriage.
Nine of Cups (Hearts): If the Hierophant shows up in a spread with the Nine of Cups (or Hearts in other decks), it can indicate a marriage.
Ten of Cups (Hearts): If the Hierophant shows up in a spread with the Ten of Cups (or Hearts in other decks), it can indicate a marriage.
Five of Swords (Spades): If the Hierophant shows up in a spread with the Five of Swords (or Spades in other decks), it may indicate power misused, deception, or spiritual manipulation.
Seven of Swords (Spades): If the Hierophant shows up in a spread with the Seven of Swords (or Spades in other decks), it may indicate power misused, deception, or spiritual manipulation.
Four of Pentacles (Coins, Disks): If the Hierophant shows up in a spread with the Four of Pentacles (Coins or Disks in other decks), it may indicate power misused, deception, or spiritual manipulation.

The Major Arcana

The twenty-two cards of the Major Arcana tend to hold the big lessons. These cards carry powerful messages. If you are reading a spread of cards, watch for the Major Arcana. If your spread contains more than 30% Major Arcana, you are in the midst of something big, or beyond your control. If most of the cards in the spread are from the Major Arcana, you might be trying to exert too much control. You might have trouble expressing your feelings, or you might be near your breaking point. A spread without any Major Arcana cards could indicate you are hiding from the truth of the issue, or are in some deep distress. If this is the case, it is important to find someone you can trust to guide you through this period of time. In a spread, focus most of your attention on the Major Arcana. The other cards will be useful for clarifying the situation.

Number — 5

Five is a number of conflict, change, and opportunity.

The Inversion

There is nothing to fear with an inversion. Mary K. Greer explains in her book, The Complete Book of Tarot Reversals, that an inverted card may be interpreted in one or more of these twelve ways:

  1. Blocked or Resisted
  2. Projected
  3. Delayed, Difficult, Unavailable
  4. Inner, Unconscious, Private
  5. New or Dark Moon (if you are reading cards from a round deck)
  6. Breaking Through, Overturning, Refusing, Changing Direction
  7. The Opposite of the Upright Meaning, or Lacking
  8. Excessively
  9. Misused or Misdirected
  10. The Upright Meaning Backward
  11. A Rectification or Cure
  12. Magical, Unconventional, or Humorous

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