Which Tarot Card Represents Your Higher Self? Test

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The Hierophant

3 0Fool, -1 1Magician, 6 2Priestess, 2 3Empress, -1 4Emperor, 9 5Hierophant, 2 6Lovers, 3 7Chariot, 2 8Strength, -1 9Hermit, -1 10WheelOfFortune, 1 11Justice, 0 12HangedMan, 3 13Death, 3 14Temperance, -1 15Devil, -1 16Tower, 4 17Star, 5 18Moon, 2 19Sun, -1 20Judgement and -1 21World!

Spirit is the final leg of the triad that has been previously seen in the Empress and Emperor; the archetype of the spiritual world is the Hierophant. This is the card of beliefs, both religious and otherwise, though it does tend to focus on the religious and spiritual aspects because the Hierophant himself is often depicted as a holy man. Indeed, in some decks this card is known as the Pope or High Priest. But in actuality, a Hierophant is a person who holds 'forbidden' or 'secret' knowledge. While this could easily apply to the clergy, it has far greater scope than this. In a way it could be said that (with apologies to Crowley) every man and every woman is a Hierophant.

The Hierophant can even stand for groups of more than one person, and in the majority of cases he is better represented by an institution than by a single person. This is because his is the power of the group and the society, who change the world to fit their beliefs. The same theme of control and change that first appeared with the Magician continues here in its fifth iteration; now there is still a well-defined leader, but the people do not follow him because they are ordered to. They follow because they are part of the group. The main philosophies of the Hierophant are that there's no "I" in "team", and that the good of the many outweighs the good of the one.

Such a philosophy may seem unnecessarily restrictive but, as the Emperor has taught us, restriction leads to order. The Hierophant is charged with the maintenance and propagation of tradition and conventional beliefs, and anyone who goes against these beliefs is shunned. Balance and conformity are the goals of the Hierophant, and neither positive nor negative is emphasized - only tradition matters. In extreme cases, this can indeed have very negative effects (as Galileo found out) but in most cases having some tradition to follow is beneficial. The traditions and ceremonies of the church, which are particularly strong in this card, are a prime example of this.

On a more personal level, the Hierophant is also a teacher or a mentor. One major role of a spiritual leader is to initiate others into the community and teach them the ways of the group. Obviously one who holds the secrets and is entrusted with the traditions of the group is a prime candidate to teach them to others, and the Hierophant plays this role well. Though his approach to teaching is one that centers on conformity and shuns individual expression for the moment, this can be helpful. Only once the student has mastered the ways of the group can he or she properly decide whether to remain or leave.

When the Hierophant appears it will often be in the form of a teacher or a mentor, who instructs you in the ways of his particular belief in the hopes that you will join him. Such teachers do not have to be of a spiritual or mystical background; an employer training a new employee in the operation of a business is as much a Hierophant as any religious teacher. If your current situation seems to require more experience then you can call upon, be open to the presence of a teacher or mentor in your life. But do not make the grave mistake of openly seeking such a teacher - as the old proverb says, when the student is ready, the teacher will appear.

The Hierophant can also represent group activities and beliefs, and in either case, support of the establishment and respect for the rules are emphasized. So if you are planning something revolutionary, the repeated appearance of the Hierophant is a good sign to forget such action and go with the flow for the time being. The traditional way of doing things must work most of the time, or else it wouldn't have been around long enough to become tradition! However, when an idea is proven wrong it is certainly time for a change. The true Hierophant is one who has a deep respect for his beliefs, but who will not blindly follow them to his own ruin.


Tarot card interpretation by James Rioux, CTM

Their Analysis (Vertical line = Average)

  • 0Fool Distribution

    They scored 3% on 0Fool, higher than 24% of your peers.

  • 1Magician Distribution

    They scored -1% on 1Magician, higher than 14% of your peers.

  • 2Priestess Distribution

    They scored 6% on 2Priestess, higher than 80% of your peers.

  • 3Empress Distribution

    They scored 2% on 3Empress, higher than 71% of your peers.

  • 4Emperor Distribution

    They scored -1% on 4Emperor, higher than 7% of your peers.

  • 5Hierophant Distribution

    They scored 9% on 5Hierophant, higher than 99% of your peers.

  • 6Lovers Distribution

    They scored 2% on 6Lovers, higher than 78% of your peers.

  • 7Chariot Distribution

    They scored 3% on 7Chariot, higher than 47% of your peers.

  • 8Strength Distribution

    They scored 2% on 8Strength, higher than 40% of your peers.

  • 9Hermit Distribution

    They scored -1% on 9Hermit, higher than 11% of your peers.

  • 10WheelOfFortune Distribution

    They scored -1% on 10WheelOfFortune, higher than 30% of your peers.

  • 11Justice Distribution

    They scored 1% on 11Justice, higher than 41% of your peers.

  • 12HangedMan Distribution

    They scored 0% on 12HangedMan, higher than 9% of your peers.

  • 13Death Distribution

    They scored 3% on 13Death, higher than 60% of your peers.

  • 14Temperance Distribution

    They scored 3% on 14Temperance, higher than 42% of your peers.

  • 15Devil Distribution

    They scored -1% on 15Devil, higher than 13% of your peers.

  • 16Tower Distribution

    They scored -1% on 16Tower, higher than 21% of your peers.

  • 17Star Distribution

    They scored 4% on 17Star, higher than 79% of your peers.

  • 18Moon Distribution

    They scored 5% on 18Moon, higher than 74% of your peers.

  • 19Sun Distribution

    They scored 2% on 19Sun, higher than 34% of your peers.

  • 20Judgement Distribution

    They scored -1% on 20Judgement, higher than 36% of your peers.

  • 21World Distribution

    They scored -1% on 21World, higher than 34% of your peers.

All possible test results

The World

After every obstacle has been faced and surmounted, after every path has been travelled and charted, there remains only the last step to the next level of existence - the World, the final gateway. ... Read more


The card originally known as Judgement Day derives from Christian scripture, but in most religions and cultures there is the concept of spiritual rebirth after the end of the world. This is anothe... Read more

The Sun

The Sun symbolizes many things depending on how you look at it. The ancients saw the sun as the giver of life and light, and almost every polytheistic faith has a Sun God. It brings light and cla... Read more

The Moon

It has been said many times that things are not always as they seem, and in the influence of the Moon this axiom is particularly true. In the moonlight, things that are benevolent during the day c... Read more

The Star

Whenever all hope seems lost, it will reappear to prove that you have really lost nothing, except perhaps your sight of the path to enlightenment. And in the absence of that sight, the Star will l... Read more

The Tower

Sometimes, when accepted and welcomed, divine wisdom and enlightenment flow freely like a calm river. The rest of the time, wisdom is blocked until it rages forth like a tidal wave and crushes any... Read more

The Devil

The Devil is another of the popularly misunderstood cards of the Tarot, perhaps second only to Death in this category. In our modern world we do not like to think that there is a seed of negativit... Read more


After the purging experience of Death, it is necessary to rebuild and improve on that which has been left over. Now that old habits and beliefs are gone forever, new attitudes must be acquired to ... Read more


The image of Death charging across a field on his spectral steed would strike fear into the heart of almost any man. The appearance of the Death card has a similar effect on most people, though it... Read more

The Hanged Man

The Hanged Man is the only Tarot card visibly based on a mythological figure. He is Odin, the Norse god who hung from the World Tree for nine days to earn the knowledge of the Runes. Of all the cu... Read more


Since the Major Arcana do not apply directly to physical life, it must follow that Justice does not apply to the laws made by mankind. True, sometimes the laws of mankind mimic the laws that Justi... Read more

The Wheel of Fortune

The Wheel of Fortune is a type of energy that stands beyond the realm of our understanding and control. Certainly you can experience its effects in life, like you feel the pull of gravity on your ... Read more

The Hermit

When questions about the nature of existence and the purpose of life start eating away at your mind, answers will not be found in the physical world. They can only be found inside of you. You have... Read more


The title of this card is often misleading because most people tend to think of strength as a property of the physical body. But this is not a card of brute force, because none of the Major Arcana... Read more

The Chariot

It is somewhat of a mystery why the Chariot, clearly a card of force and of control, should be of the Water element. But its attribution to Cancer is indeed valid because this card deals heavily w... Read more

The Lovers

The Lovers card is not just about love and sexuality; it has several meanings which are all related to the duality expressed in the image of the card. The image of the two lovers holding hands or i... Read more

The Hierophant

Spirit is the final leg of the triad that has been previously seen in the Empress and Emperor; the archetype of the spiritual world is the Hierophant. This is the card of beliefs, both religious an... Read more

The Emperor

The second leg of the Body-Mind-Spirit triad is the Emperor, representing the power of the mind to shape the world. Such action does not take place at the command of the will, but through the comm... Read more

The Empress

The Empress represents a departure from the dualistic philosophy of the first three Major Arcana, as well as from the strongly spiritual teachings of those three cards. Rather than simple dichotom... Read more

The High Priestess

The High Priestess is arguably the most difficult of the Major Arcana to qualify with words alone, because so much of her power and ability is veiled in mystery that it is difficult for anyone to f... Read more

The Magician

The Magician's number is One, the number of creation and individuality; his power is transformation through the use of his will. In his manipulation of the basic elements into all the substances a... Read more

The Fool

Without the notion of Zero, our system of mathematics becomes meaningless. Similarly, the Fool is an essential part of the Tarot because he is the spark that sets everything else into motion, the d... Read more


I guess you have blocked my psychic abilities! You unbeliever!   Tarot card interpretation by James Rioux, CTM http://tarot.f... Read more

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