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V. The Hierophant: The Hierophant represents a spiritual leader bringing knowledge and wisdom to his followers. In the traditional depiction of the Hierophant, his hands are commonly folded in the Benediction position. Keys are present with him, representing spiritual and intellectual opportunities. The Hierophant was a High Priest in the Greek Eluesian Mysteries, and he was present in sacred initiation ceremonies for the cult of Demeter and Persephone. When the Hierophant appears in your readings you are in a space of initiation: it is a time to reflect on recent lessons as they are now being put to the test. He also forces you to confront the restraints of mainstream institutions. How has religion helped or hindered you? What traditions do you need to reject, and how do you let go of guilt to move forward? As a spiritual leader, he asks you to seek out others with similar spiritual beliefs and lifestyles. He also asks you to practice benediction: give without expecting to receive, forgive without expecting it in return, honor good advice and pass it along. Common meanings: truth, advice, forgiveness, knowledge, study, initiation, finding a teacher, feeling inspired, practicing kindness, peace, breaking free of old systems, lessons, growth.
- Kiki Dombrowski (http://www.kikidombrowski.com/)