Major Arcana - 5: The Heirophant

5 - The Heirophant

Card Five

5 - The HeirophantThis card is also known as the Pope. The imagery on this card has strong Catholic symbolism, from the clothes the man is wearing to the items he is carrying, as well as the two priests that are viewable at the bottom of the card.

The Heirophant means someone who reveals that which is secretive. It represents wisdom, spiritual power and the spiritual quest as well as all things philosophical.

(1909 Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot deck images)


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Meaning - upright

What this card means

Upright, this card has the following meanings:

  • a teacher or someone who has some lesson to show you
  • a place of learning, a scholastic institute
  • a time to be more conventional in approach
  • try not to rock the boat or cause a raucous
  • work and plan with others to achieve goals


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Meaning - reversed

What this card means

Reversed, this card has the following meanings:

  • challenging authority
  • making decisions despite popular opinion not to
  • hasty decisions to gain financial success
  • finding a path off the beaten track - you can educated yourself without going the mainstream way


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Interesting Bits

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  • Key Meaning - Inner wisdom and spirituality
  • Mythology - xxx
  • Astrology - Jupiter and Pisces: dreams, imagination, sensitivity
  • Numerology - 5, Mercury: quick thought, wit, intelligence, versatility and changeability