V. The Hierophant Tarot Card Illustration (Color) Art Print
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- Gallery quality Giclée print
- Natural white, matte, ultra smooth background
- 100% cotton, acid and lignin-free archival paper
- Epson K3 archival inks for high-quality print
- Custom trimmed with 1” border for framing
About this artwork
The Hierophant is the masculine counterpart to the High Priestess. He is at times known also as the High Priest, Chiron, the Pope and the Shaman. As the High Priestess deals with the feminine connection of spirituality through intuition within, the High Priest serves as the external masculine manifestation in the form of a religious leader. He becomes the very embodiment of political and spiritual power that can only be found in groups. This brings the card to deal with the idea of conformity and following which such group dynamics create. As with The Pope, he is a mere man who stands in for the position he represents - for when he crosses over, another will take his place to serve the higher forces of above. This preserves the power he holds and can last as long as the institution holds up.
The Hierophant tarot card depicts a man at center standing at his throne. He offers a sign of benediction in the raised right hand, the same hand the Magician has raised. Unlike the Magician's drawing of power from the universe, the Hierophant's energy is drawn from society through his position. The benediction also serves as a blessing for the ritual at present as well as a symbol Roman society used to represent that his voice has the floor. Hanging from this hand are two crossed keys, representing a balance between the conscious and subconscious minds and it's potential to unlock the mysteries behind them.
The left hand holds a sacred staff made of the wood of the earthly land. It's trinity top symbolizes the three worlds which the Hierophant has dominion in. This symbolism is also present in the three eyes of the headdress, the three layers of clothing, the three visible figures, as well as minor elements embedded throughout the card's illustration.
As with the headdress depicted as a bull, his throne also features a bull of stone, Both symbolizing the card's connection to it's ruling Taurus energies. As Taurus rules over the five senses and the physical realm of experiences, it's earthly connection is woven into this card's very nature. The Taurian energy is even more present when you relate the Hierophant's purpose to bring the spiritual down to Earth. Striving to create harmony and peace in the midst of crisis, his message is to remind the masses of their values & structure which brings meaning and order to their journey through the sometimes chaotic path of life.
Behind the throne stand the remains of two pillars. As with the High Priestess, the pillars represent a gateway into the unknown. For the Hierophant stands and faces the known, behind him lays the infinite possibilities of all which is left to be known. This allows for him to make order and harmony of what is in front of him. The left column is carved with the symbol of Chiron, relative to the card's connection to Chiron, king of the Centaurs, healer, priest and wise teacher. The right pillar hold the symbol for Jupiter's and is connected to the it's religious nature & the source of guidance towards the masses.
The two followers are kneeling in the front ready to be initiated to receive their duties under the institution the Hierophant represents. Robed in polar opposite garments. each monk is a representation of the spectrum of which the message reaches and are symbolic of both religion and mysticism. Their initiation acts as the entry into all types of institutions where there is a common group identity. These range from schools, clubs, teams, to companies, societies, and of course religion. With both in front and the Hierophant standing high in the center, a triangle is formed subconsciously to further support the idea of a trinity the card's connection holds.
Before them is a ritual taking place in honor of the Earthly Mother. Unlike other Hierophant cards, this depiction takes place in a world where the religious dogmas present, have crumbled back to which all things arise from. In place, the idea that we are care takers of the Earth and share a connection to the spiritual world takes form. On the ground is a stone pentagram, representing the five (5) senses, elements, and numerology the Taurian Hierophant carries. In the center is a large quartz crystal, who's creation from the earth can connect and hold aetheric intentions & knowledge. It then resonates this message back into the world around, allowing for an amplification to occur.