The Hierophant

Traditionally, according to, to see the Hierophant in a reading is to embrace the conventional, for it suggests that you have a certain desire to actually follow a process which has been well established. It also suggests that you want to stay within certain conventional bounds of what could be considered an orthodox approach. So, instead of being innovative, you will be adapting to certain beliefs and systems which are already put in place and are existing.

The Hierophant card suggests that it’s better for you to follow social structures which are established and have their own traditions. You might be involved in certain ceremonies, rituals or other religious trappings, for instance. When it comes to tarot readings, this particular card is most commonly representative of institutions as well as their core values. This is a sign that shows that you need to conform to the already existing set of rules and situations which are fixed already.

The Hierophant can represent a counsellor or mentor who will provide you with wisdom and guidance or a spiritual or religious advisor such as a priest, vicar, preacher, imam, rabbi or a monk.

Beth Maiden from Little Red Tarot explains that “In the Wild Unknown Tarot, Kim Krans depicted a raven, holding a key. Stephanie Pig-Mun Law, in the Shadowscapes Tarot, shows us a wizened, bent old tree. The Collective Tarot shows a woman instructing a feminist group in gynaecological self-examination”.

She goes on to point out that “wisdom can be passed on in many different ways. The Hierophant is the knowledge in you, and it is also you, as a holder of that knowledge. It is all of the potential in you for passing that knowledge on. It is you as a student, accessing this knowledge, and it is you as a teacher, imparting it. It can also represent elders and ancestors who are teaching you”.

Not surprisingly there were a few contenders to hold the title of Hierophant amongst the Aussie animals who gathered at the campsite. Rosie the Red Back Spider had already been declared a High Priestess and the wise elders, the Owl and Mr Lizard were serious possibilities.

However, ultimately there was no dispute amongst the animals gathered in the camp. “Habitat of an animal is as important for each of us as it is for life itself” said Ms Koala. “A habitat is a place where a living organism makes its home. It is the place where a plant or animal normally lives and grows.” she added. “A habitat meets all the environmental conditions an organism needs to survive. For us, that means that it provides everything we need to find and gather food, select a mate, and successfully reproduce”.

Everyone can help conserve habitat in their own backyards and towns.

• Grow native plants that provide fruit or seeds.
• Leave as much dead plant material as possible (fallen branches, leaves, even whole trees).These provide
rats. Cats are predators of birds.
• Provide a bird feeder, birdbaths, or birdhouses

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