The Hierophant is the tarot card that symbolizes religion and sprituality. It chastises us for learning so much about religion, yet presenting it in a manner that is suitable to the people we interact with. While it is important to stay within the boundaries of culture and tradition, it is equally essential to examine our belief systems from time to time, and adapt them when they are proved faulty. This card assures us of being eternally surrounded by love and spiritual well-being, and implies that the door to heaven is close at hand. The Hierophant represents a method of learning within society, and imbibing values and ethics, in order to conform to situations in an appropriate manner. In a reading, this card can indicate that you are pitted against a restrictive force, that is suppressing your individuality. Here, it is important to view a group activity in a constructive manner, and allow it to be an enriching experience, rather than a suffocating one.
The usage Arcana stems from the word Arcane. ‘Major Arcana’ means ‘the big secret’. The Major Arcana deck of Tarot comprises of the first 22 cards in the deck. These cards signify the major events in the journey of life of a person from birth to death, and rebirth. Each of these 22 cards has a particular meaning to convey, a definite significance. For instance, The Fool, the first of the Major Arcana cards, signifies the innocent baby embarking on the journey of life; The Lovers is the card of the heart and relationships; The Chariot signifies an ongoing journey; The Death is the card of eternal change, or rebirth; The Moon means the gaining of inner knowledge; and The World signifies the end of the cycle of birth and reincarnation.