the hierophant Tarot cardTarot Wisdom The Hierophant

In this card, we see the elder leader engaging his congregation. He speaks with a display of authority as his subjects listen attentively. He demonstrates wisdom, strength, and discipline and has earned the esteem of his peers. He respects his role as a part of the whole; he knows without the support of all members, the group cannot function effectively. This is the card of both leadership and a willingness to let others take the lead when necessary. It represents one who is proactive and takes charge, but not from a controlling or self-centered place. This is a card of philanthropy, leadership with a mind towards the betterment of all.

Position 1: Background | Present Concern

This card focuses on structure, seeking better understanding, and operating in a way that you fulfill your own needs as well as meeting the obligations placed on you by others. People with this card tend to take on a great deal of responsibility and others look to you for guidance, which sometimes places a lot of pressure on you. Family, business, and other group establishments are at the core of your present concerns.

Position 2: Your Drive and Motivations

You want to free yourself from restriction and eliminate paths that are no longer fruitful. A desire to develop or enhance stronger leadership qualities or to establish a position of importance and respect.

Position 3: What’s Blocking You – Fears and Subconscious

Conflicts with people, ineffective communication, things not happening as you planned. Feeling you are misunderstood or that people don’t respect your opinions/beliefs or otherwise value your contributions. Too many responsibilities and not enough rewards for the effort, or feeling pressured to be all things to all people because you fear not being valued enough.

Position 4: Perspective and Further Awareness – What you Need to See Clearly

To achieve peace and harmony sometimes means making concessions, but it also means not allowing your values to be compromised. A solid blend of leadership and teamwork makes for a more harmonious environment. Don’t allow others to get the upper hand, but don’t become so caught up in defending your own position you forget to empathize with others. Diplomacy at its finest is indicated by this card; true leadership does not impose its will forcefully.

Position 5: Course of Action

Develop a strong course of action, shore up your plans and be willing to explain and educate those who stand in your way if need be. Self-discipline and patience are both needed with this card. Be a good leader by example.

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